Quick, Easy, & Healthy Lunch Ideas

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Need quick, healthy lunch ideas for your little one’s lunchbox? Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s nutritionists share delicious tips to keep your child full during the school day.

  • Try a turkey sandwich with two slices of low-sodium turkey, one slice of mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato and a medium apple.
  • Try using a large cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into shapes!
  • Pack hummus with wholegrain pita bread, yogurt or yogurt dip, cucumbers, and sliced oranges.
  • Try a quesadilla with cheese and beans. Send salsa and guacamole for dipping.
  • Tired of sandwiches? Try a veggie wrap with hummus or ranch dressing. Add edamame and a clementine.
  • Send water or low-fat milk to keep them hydrated!

Limited time to put together a full meal? Pack a variety of sides to fill them up. Try:

  • Sliced tomato with low-fat cheese
  • Peanut butter or almond butter with apple slices or on whole grain crackers
  • Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Baby carrots and ranch with pretzels and applesauce
  • Fruit cups or fruit slices
  • String cheese or cheese wheels
  • Pickles

Leftovers also make great lunches! Make it easy on yourself and make extra of the yummy foods your children like to eat at dinner time. Try:

  • Pasta with chicken, broccoli and a little olive oil
  • Beans and corn with diced tomatoes, chicken and avocado chunks topped with 1 to 2 tablespoons of their favorite dressing.

Looking for some healthier snacks to pack? Try some of the options below.

  • Baked chips or tortillas
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Low-fat pudding cups
  • Granola bars
  • Snap peas
  • Cheese and whole grain crackers

For more healthy lunch and snack tips, visit Connecticut Children’s website.

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