17 Healthy Back-To -School Lunch Box Ideas

Summer is nice and all, but you’re not, like, that disappointed when it’s time for the kiddos to head back to school. (Nine-to-five childcare? Yes, please!) Here, 17 lunchbox ideas to help you send them on their merry way.

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mason jar taco salad

MASON JAR TACO SALAD

Turn lunchtime into a fiesta.

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rainbow hummus wraps

RAINBOW HUMMUS WRAPS

Colorful and nutritious.

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chicken salad recipe

LIGHT & EASY CHICKEN SALAD

Shhh it’s even gluten-free.

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baked chicken tenders

CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS

We recommend making extras for yourself.

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avocado hummus quesadilla

MINI AVOCADO & HUMMUS QUESADILLA

We’d like to eat all of our lunches in mini form.

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cheaters vegetarian pizza zucchini bell peppers recipe hero

VEGETARIAN PIZZA WITH ZUCCHINI AND BELL PEPPERS

Your kid will love eating pizza for lunch and you’ll love loading them up with veggies. Win-win.

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veggie pan nachos

VEGGIE SHEET PAN NACHOS

They’ll never fight you on nachos.

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pita

CHICKEN CAESAR PITA POCKETS

The best way to make your kids like salad: Disguise it in a pillow of carbs.

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cucumber cream cheese sandwich

CUCUMBER CREAM CHEESE SANDWICHES

Definitely better than a bagel.

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thai lettuce wraps

THAI LETTUCE WRAPS

A lunch that lets them get their hands dirty.

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banana

PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY AND BANANA HOT DOGS

Dear Mom, just wondering why you didn’t think of this.

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salad pizza

CHOPPED ITALIAN SALAD PIZZA

Creativity at its finest.

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skewers

TURKEY SANDWICH KEBABS

Skewers are wayyy more fun.

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chickensalad

CRANBERRY CHICKEN SALAD ON APPLE SLICES

This DIY meal will be a classroom favorite.

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SLOW-COOKER MEAL-PREP BURRITO BOWLS

A big-batch recipe you can cook once and eat all week.

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quinoa

CITRUS CHICKEN QUINOA SALAD

Portable and packed with protein.

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BLT PASTA SALAD

They won’t even notice the veggies.

BLT Pasta Salad

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Raise your hand if you adore salad. (“Bueller…?”) We get it. That’s because you haven’t met BLT pasta salad. It combines all the crunchy, savory, creamy ingredients of the classic sandwich—minus, well, the bread (because pasta is way more fun).

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8 servings

1 pound bacon

Freshly ground black pepper

1 pound pasta

½ cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

Kosher salt

3 medium tomatoes, cut into small wedges

1 avocado, diced

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

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