School Lunch Ideas

Protein

  • Chicken (try using leftovers from dinner)
  • Nut butter (if your school is peanut or tree nut-free, try sunflower seed butter or soy butter like Wowbutter)
  • Lean Deli Meat (try low sodium turkey or ham)
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Beans or lentils
  • Cheese

Vegetables

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrot
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell pepper slices
  • Kale chips
  • Salad

Dairy / Alternatives

  • 1% milk
  • Part-skim string cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Fortified soy milk
  • Fortified almond or nut milk

Grains / Starch

  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat English muffin
  • Whole wheat tortilla or wrap
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Homemade muffins
  • Sweet potatoes or regular potatoes

Fruit

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Any frozen fruit without added sugar
  • Any canned fruit in 100% fruit juice
  • Dried fruit (1/4 cup serving size)

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