500+ School Lunch Ideas

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When it comes to packing school lunches, a little creativity is needed or your kids will get bored and may end up trading a bag of carrots for a handful of M&Ms. EEK! The list below will help you with school lunch ideas.

I love that I was able to find vegetarian, vegan, and even allergy-free lunch ideas! Feel free to add your own to the comments.

This post comes just in time with school getting ready to start back!

Tips for Healthy School Lunches

  • Give your child healthy options to chose from (they are more likely to actually eat it if they get to pick it out!)
  • Make lunches the night before so the mornings run smoother
  • Keep extra ice packs around the house
  • Invest in a nice thermos for hot foods
  • Use these for making cute sandwich shapes

Check out Rubbermaid LunchBlox for the perfect School Lunch Solution!

school lunch ideas

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

These healthy lunch ideas are perfect for ANY age group and are super easy to make and take!


Healthy Lunch Ideas –This site has 1000s of ideas for's one of my favs!

Vegan Lunch Box Ideas from PETA

10 Sandwiches to Spice Up Back 2 School Lunch

REAL Food for School Lunches (LOTS of ideas!)

Printable Food Tags + Lunch Ideas (pictured above)

An Entire Site Dedicated to Vegan Lunches

**The site above has not been updated in a while, but it still has vegan recipes

25 Vegetarian Lunches

Cute and Healthy Lunch Box Recipes from Disney Family

Smart Lunch Solutions + Lunch Ideas (pictured above)

Vegetarian + Vegan Lunch Box Ideas

LOTS of Lunch Box Ideas (Homemade Lunchables + More!)

10 Snack Mix Recipes from Cooking Light

Cute Sandwich Shapes (pictured above)

Dozens of Healthy Lunch Box Additions

Many School Lunch Ideas (GREAT site!)

Allergy-Free Lunch Box Ideas (SUPER helpful!)

List of Lunch Box Ideas by Category (LOVE!)

10 Ways to Switch Up Your Kid's Lunch

Muffin Tin Lunch Ideas

MORE Vegetarian Lunch Ideas


I know there is something for everyone in this post! While this is primarily geared towards kid's lunches it doesn't mean that you can't take these too! If you are on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan, be sure to check the points in your app! Don't forget to join the Facebook Group for Air Fryer, Instant Pot, and Weight Watcher Recipes below!

Come find me and JOIN my Weight Watchers Air Fryer & Instant Pot Facebook Recipe Group. We all know how hard it is to do it alone. We are a community of people who post recipes, share tips and ideas and inspire one another every day! We can't wait to meet you!!

Check the bottom of this page to Download my FREE WW Cookbook & Tips Guide. You will LOVE it!!

This is my ZERO Point food list. Book mark the page and refer back often. Loading your fridge and pantry with these ZERO point foods is tip #1 for weight loss success.

Meal plans help me stay on track. Here are some of my favorites!

Instant Pot Printable Meal Plan
Freestyle One Week Meal Plan
Free Printable Meal Plan

You simply MUST try my ZERO points Cheesecake Recipe

Have you made up a batch of my 2 Ingredients Dough yet? It's AMAZING stuff!! Use it to make low point bread bowls, pretzels, bread sticks, bagels, pizza crust, cinnamon rolls & more. Check out the Recipe Guide & Individual Recipes below:

To entice you, watch this Video for the 2 Ingredients Bagel Recipe – you will LOVE it – total YUM!!

2 Ingredient Dough Recipes

Ultimate 2 Ingredient Dough Guide
2 Ingredient Dough Pizza
2 Ingredient Dough Pot Pie
2 Ingredient Dough Pop Tarts
2 Ingredient Dough Cinnamon Rolls
2 Ingredient Dough Bread Bowls
2 Ingredient Dough Empanadas

Make sure you check out and grab our printable shopping lists below to make it easy when you are in store to grab the best WW FreeStyle friendly foods and snacks!

Weight Watchers Walmart Shopping List
Weight Watchers Target Shopping List
Weight Watchers Aldi Shopping List
Weight Watchers Trader Joe's Shopping List

Ever panic and wonder what to eat at your favorite restaurants? Well, I do too! That's why I created and LOVE my restaurant guides. Check them out here and be sure to email me and let me know any others you'd like to see:

Chipotle Weight Watchers
Olive Garden Weight Watchers
Red Robin Weight Watchers
Taco Bell Weight Watchers
P.F. Chang's
Texas Roadhouse

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Laurie Bennett

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  1. I’m bookmarking this! With 2 kids in school with differing ideas on what constitutes as good food, this will come in VERY handy! Thanks, Sadie!

  2. I’m going to use some of these ideas for my own lunches. I get tired of lacking the same old things each day.

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