Packing lunches can spark panic for some parents, especially when you’re dealing with the morning dash out the door! Ready to take the guesswork out of ensuring your little one is well-nourished throughout the day? A healthy meal is in the bag thanks to these must-have essentials and genius recipes.
Top Back-to-School Products to Pack Your Lunch
Think inside the lunchbox with these super clever, super cute meal-packing must-haves.
This reusable, insulated tote keeps temperatures stable, features a pocket for utensils, and is machine washable.
With a movable or removable divider, this leak-resistant, non-toxic case keeps organized lunches in line.
Just one of these reusable bags replaces 300 disposable sandwich baggies, ensuring sandwiches (and the planet) are well-protected.
Keep the kiddos hydrated throughout the day thanks to this 25oz double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless steel bottle that keeps cold drinks chilled or hot beverages warm.
Healthy School Lunch Recipes
Did you know you can make this Thai favorite at home (and even get a few more veggies in there)? Just top zucchini noodles (or “zoodles”) and fresh carrots with chopped chicken and a drizzle of sweet cashew dressing, made with cashew butter, coconut aminos, and raw honey.
This nutrient-packed bowl pairs creamy sweet matcha soba noodles with fiery tofu bites for a truly crave-worthy combo.
These finger-food dippers are loaded with good-for-you veggies like broccoli and cauliflower—perfect for your own little tots.
These hand rolls deserve a hand! Our make-your-own sushi recipe includes water-packed tuna, Paleo mayo, coconut aminos, and wasabi paste—all rolled up in nori sheets.
Tuna salad gets a zesty slant with sweet mango, crisp jicama, creamy avocado, and tangy chili lime tuna.
This bright and flavorful quinoa salad delivers a dose of healthy protein while cilantro, dried cranberries, almonds and zucchini create a feast for the eyes.
Believe it or not, you don’t need dairy for a rich and creamy tomato soup. This genius lunchtime recipe uses puréed chickpeas instead of heavy cream.
Little eaters will flip for these veggie-packed cakes, made with potato and kale mash, milk, eggs, and coconut oil.
Healthy Lunch Snacks
Keep bellies full and focus high with these healthy snacks for lunches.
No added sugar or preservatives here—this naturally sweet treat from Mavuno Harvest is also totally organic. The fruit is grown in rural Africa, and every bag purchased helps support local farmers.
Crush hunger pangs and load up on superfoods with Purely Elizabeth’s bar of dark chocolate, cashews, sunflower kernels, almonds, chia seeds, and adaptogenic Reishi extract.
Available in Orange Peach, Strawberry Pear, or Blueberry Grape, it’s easy to get a serving of organic fruit anytime, anywhere with this pouch variety pack from Zellee Organic.
This Clif Bar snack may look and taste like a candy bar, but it’s actually brimming with nutrient-dense ingredients like rolled oats, fig paste, and flaxseed.
The ingredients in these snackable The New Primal sticks are downright gobble-worthy, including free-range turkey, honey, ginger, and sea salt.
With bananas, strawberries, chia seeds, and beets, you’ll be happy to pack this Mamma Chia superfood-powered pouch.
These sweet and crunchy bars from Enjoy Life are loaded with good-for-you ingredients without gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, or eggs.
Pack on their own or add to trail mix, a single serving of these Go Raw locally sourced, organic seeds delivers 7g of protein.
No added sugar here! These portable GoGo squeeZ pouches are made with 100% organic fruit and blend the flavor of tart apple with sweet peach for snack-time perfection.
It’s cool to be KIND, especially with these chewy bars, made with 100% whole grains and 5g of sugar.
DIY After School Snacks
Fuel up for homework time with these nourishing brain-food recipes.
Raise the bar on snacking with this homemade wholesome bar recipe of raw macadamia nuts, hemp hearts, dried apricots, and honey.
Not to be confused with guac, this creamy dip combines ripe avocados, lime juice, unsweetened almond milk, and chopped jalapeño for a nourishing after-school nosh.
Chewy, nutty, and totally kid-approved, these bars are an after-school win thanks to raisins, mixed nuts, coconut chips, chia seeds, and raw honey.
Looking for a snack your kiddos can enjoy by the handful? Pop a bowl of scrumptious vegan popcorn, made with butter-flavored coconut oil and topped with nutritional yeast.
These kale chips are killin’ it! The homemade spice mix of sesame seeds, garlic powder, and poppy seeds has everything the beloved bagel is famous for.
This no-bake bar mix makes homemade snacking a breeze. Plus, each serving delivers 12g of plant-based protein.
Kids craving cookies? Give them a chewy, chocolate chip treat with this organic, fair trade mix.
This portable, sustainably caught protein fix delivers omegas and essential minerals without salt or added liquid.
Filling and fueling, this warming snack combines banana, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and coconut flakes with oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, maple powder, lucuma powder, hemp protein, and vanilla.