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Various packed luchbox foods in a metal tin

Healthy Lunch Ideas (for adults and kids)

In a lunch rut? Here are healthy and easy lunchbox ideas for adults or kids. No heating or microwave needed; everything can be served chilled or at room temperature. Use my printable recipe list to mix and match hundreds of lunch combinations.
Course main, snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 +
Calories 250kcal



  • Bananas
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Pears
  • Melon sticks or cubes
  • Berries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes try them frozen too!
  • Applesauce


  • Carrots with dressing/dip
  • Cucumber with dressing/dip
  • Broccoli florets with dressing/dip
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese
  • Bell pepper strips
  • Green beans
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green salad
  • Radishes


  • Sandwiches pb&j, turkey, ham, cream cheese and jelly
  • Peanut butter, honey and banana tortilla roll ups
  • Turkey/ham, cream cheese and spinach roll ups
  • Turkey/ham with cheese and crackers
  • Tortellini or pasta with pesto, olive oil or marinara
  • Chicken salad (on bread, lettuce, or served with crackers)
  • Egg salad (on bread, lettuce, or served with crackers)
  • Tuna salad (on bread, lettuce, or served with crackers)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Rotisserie chicken with ketchup or BBQ sauce for dipping
  • Layered Mexican bean dip with tortilla chips (beans, sour cream, salsa and cheese)
  • Hummus topped with feta cheese serve with crackers or pita
  • Whole grain waffles or mini pancakes
  • Quinoa and veggies
  • Overnight oats


  • Pretzels with peanut butter or almond butter
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Hummus and pita chips
  • Baked cheese puffs
  • Crackers
  • Trail mix
  • String cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Whole grain muffins
  • Protein bars or granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Graham crackers


  • Mix and match ingredients from each category to create your perfect lunch!



NOTE: If packing lunch for school, make sure that you are aware of any peanut or other food restrictions that the school might have in place. Any recipes including peanut butter can be swapped for another nut or seed butter, if necessary.


Calories: 250kcal