5 Quick and Easy Sack Lunches

School Age

Your young ones need a balanced midday meal to fuel them through the rest of their school day and into afternoon activities (including homework!). Thankfully, healthy brown bagging just got easier with the daily menu planner we’ve designed for busy parents.

Use our menus or create your own by including at least three or four food groups (extra credit for using all five!).

Top Tips:

  • Limit or nix energy-zapping sweets, like cookies, candy and "fruit" snacks.
  • Skip the sugary drinks, like juice, sports drinks and sodas. Water is the best beverage choice.
  • Watch for sugar traps. Choose naturally sweetened items or shoot for the lowest sugar content. No artificial sweeteners.

Gobble me up

A turkey sandwich on 100 percent whole-wheat bread, paired with fruit and veggies, will keep them going strong through the afternoon.

  • Turkey sandwich on 100 percent whole-wheat bread
  • Fresh apple
  • Baby carrots
  • 1 percent plain low-fat milk or water

Pasta perfecto

Who says lunch has to be a sandwich? Whole-wheat pasta is a fun, good-for-you change from the ordinary.

  • Pasta salad made with 100 percent whole-wheat pasta and fresh veggies (like bell peppers, tomatoes or broccoli)
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Fruit cup packed in 100 percent juice or water
  • 1 percent plain low-fat milk or water

Veg out

Kids love to dip their food, so why not pack some veggies and hummus for lunch? Add our healthy sides and they’re good to go!

  • Fresh veggies (like cucumber, carrots or bell peppers) with hummus
  • Whole-grain crackers or rice cakes
  • Grapes
  • 1 percent plain low-fat milk or water

That's a wrap

Switch up your sandwich by using a 100 percent whole-wheat wrap, rolled around the wholesome foods they love.

  • Leftover baked chicken and veggies (like lettuce and tomato) wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla
  • Banana
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • 1 percent plain low-fat milk or water

Sandwich switch up

Instead of a turkey or chicken sandwich, surprise your kiddo with a whole-wheat nut butter or tuna salad sandwich (just go easy on the mayo).

  • Nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower) or tuna salad sandwich on 100 percent whole-wheat bread
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • 1 percent plain low-fat milk or water