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Back to School Healthy Lunch Ideas

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “Schools have become hazardous health zones full of empty calories, junk food, and stripped-down physical education programs that are cultivating a nation of fatter, dumber, and more aggressive kids.” While that may be a bit harsh, I think we can all agree there is some truth to it. As a side note, if this topic interests you, you might want to check out the film Fed Up.

Rather than rambling on complaining about the problem, I thought time would be better spent talking about a solution. If packing a healthy lunch sounds like a lot of work, here are some suggestions of whole food and more optimally processed foods to pack (“optimally processed” meaning not the best case scenario but far from the worst).

Sure there are other options (some better, some worse) but my goal here was to give you some ideas to brainstorm over. You might come up with some things totally different than anything mentioned below. Either way, if this gives you a few ideas that you hadn’t otherwise considered, I will consider this a success 🙂

  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Chicken Sausages
  • Applegate or Thousand Hills Hot Dogs
  • Leftover Crock-pot Chicken
  • Apple sprinkled w/cinnamon
  • Dried fruit: mango, apricots, etc.
  • Raw or cooked veggies: carrots, celery, etc.
  • Banana or plantain
  • Ham or turkey roll-up
  • Cheese
  • Fruit: grapes, strawberries, clementine, etc.
  • Dark choc. Chips or a square
  • Popcorn made with coconut oil
  • Honest brand chips
  • NutThin crackers
  • Lara or Kind bars
  • Paleo muffins or breakfast cookies
  • Paleo Kits
  • No sugar added applesauce
  • Leftover beef or pork roast
  • Applegate Pepperoni or Salami
  • Leftover meatballs
  • Dates
  • Yogurt
  • Homemade tuna salad
  • Soups, chili
  • Organics fruit snacks
  • Organic fruit strips
  • That’s It bars
  • Homemade grain free granola
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Justin’s Nut Butter packets
  • Coconut butter packets
  • Chocolate covered almonds

***All content and information, contained from or available through this article are for general information purposes only. The information provided in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.***

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