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Posted 8/30/2017

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

If you have picky eaters in your family, you already know how challenging it can be to pack healthy lunches they'll want to eat.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy lunch ideas for kids that are sure to keep even the pickiest eaters happy!

Lunchbox Kebabs

Use plastic picks to make lunches that are both fun to eat and easy to organize.

  • Club Sandwich Kebabs. Cut sandwich bread or pitas into bite-sized pieces, then layer with lunch meat, lettuce, cheese cubes, and tomatoes.
  • Fruit Kebabs. Grapes, strawberries, apple slices, and blueberries are the perfect size and texture for fruit kebabs.
  • Hawaiian Kebabs. Layer ribbons of ham with pineapple for a hawaiian-style.

TIP: Look for lunch meats that contain less than 345 mg of sodium per serving and are low in saturated fat. The USDA recommends meats like turkey, roast beef, and ham)


Sandwiches may be a lunchbox staple, but wraps are an easy, tasty alternative. Stick with whole grain wraps, which are healthier than white flour or flavored tortillas.

  • Peanut Butter and Banana Pinwheels. If your child’s school allows nut butters, make a tasty wrap with peanut butter and bananas. Just spread peanut butter on a wrap, then place a whole, peeled banana on one edge and roll it up, then cut it into slices.
  • Chicken Salad. Make an easy chicken salad using shredded chicken, light mayo or dressing, chopped celery, and dried cranberries, then wrap with lettuce.
  • Taco. Use guacamole as a spread and layer with some beans, cooked rice, and a sprinkle of cheese for a tasty taco-inspired wrap.

TIP: Find out how to fold the perfect wrap with this tutorial

Finger Foods

A lunchbox packed with tasty finger foods is perfect for even the pickiest eaters. Try a combination of these easy-to-pack favorites:

  • Sliced veggies like carrot and celery sticks, cucumber, and yellow or orange peppers
  • String cheese or cheese cubes
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Apple slices
  • Deli meat rolls 

TIP: Reusable silicone baking cups will keep foods separate, which is helpful for kids who don’t like their foods touching. They’ll also fit easily into a plastic storage container. You can also purchase disposable plastic storage containers with lids.



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