15+ Tasty School Lunch Food Ideas That Kids Will Love

As the school bells chime and the halls come alive with the hustle and bustle of another academic year, one thing remains constant: the quest for enticing, nutritious, and downright delicious school lunch food options that will have kids eagerly reaching into their lunch boxes. We’ve scoured the culinary landscape to bring you a mouthwatering compilation of school lunch food that will delight your little ones’ taste buds.

From delectable energy bars that fuel their afterschool sports and adventures to savory dips and crunchy snacks that redefine snacking – these school lunch food choices are not just about filling stomachs, but about nourishing both body and soul. Join us as we embark on a flavor-filled journey that promises to transform lunchtime into a delightful experience your kids will cherish. Say goodbye to lunchtime monotony and hello to a palette of palate-pleasing school lunch food possibilities that will have your children eagerly awaiting the lunch bell.


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Kate’s Real Food

Get ready to elevate your back-to-school snack game with a tantalizing trio from Kate’s Real Food! Introducing the latest crave-worthy school lunch food addition: White Chocolate Macadamia Bars. Imagine a luscious blend of creamy white chocolate and buttery macadamia nuts, wrapped in organic, gluten-free goodness. These bars redefine indulgence while delivering 4 grams of protein per serving, making them an ideal school lunch food to power up your day.

Can’t decide between peanut butter perfection? Say hello to the Peanut Butter Variety Pack featuring four delectable flavors. From Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate to Peanut Butter Hemp & Flax, each bar is a burst of peanut buttery delight. These gluten-free energy bars not only ignite your taste buds but also provide essential nutrition with metabolism-boosting oats, true-source certified honey, and heart-healthy seeds. With 3 to 4 grams of protein per serving, they’re your trusty companion for school lunch food, outdoor escapades, or busy work schedules.

For those seeking peanut-free pleasures for school lunch food, the Almond Butter Variety Pack is here to dazzle your taste buds. Indulge in the Oatmeal Cranberry & Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry & Almond, Lemon Coconut, and Mango Coconut bars. Crafted with protein-packed nuts, fiber-filled seeds, and wholesome fruits, these bars offer a burst of fresh flavors to fuel your adventures. Packed with 3 to 4 grams of protein per serving, these bars are a tasty way to power through school days. Say goodbye to snack-time dilemmas and hello to a satisfying lineup that nourishes and delights with Kate’s Real Food!

BoBo’s

Your students will enjoy a protein-filled school lunch food, afternoon pick-me-up or morning snack with the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bar Variety Pack from BoBo’s. Each bar boasts 10 grams of protein providing energy for sports practices and exams. The gluten-free, vegan protein bars are made with all-natural ingredients so you can feel great about the school lunch food you are giving your kiddos. BoBo’s protein bars taste so good that your students will think they are eating candy!

Your children will love BoBo’s Chocolate Chip Oat Bars for breakfast, as an afterschool snack, or in their lunches this school year, too. The oat-filled snack bar tastes more like dessert than breakfast. The gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, dairy-free snack bar checks all the boxes – most importantly: delicious!

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Fulfil

FULFIL Protein Bars are great to have on hand when packing your or your child’s school lunch food, taking them with your for a midday snack, or refueling after a workout. These are not your average protein bars. You can trust that these low-sugar bars taste great while packing 15g of protein, 8 essential vitamins, and low sugar. FULFIL bars are available in delicious flavors including Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Caramel, and more. Treat yourself while getting benefits that fulfill you.

Sabra

Sabra Hummus Dip is perfect for an afterschool snack or school lunch food. Made with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), tahini, and a bit of garlic. The bold dip comes in convenient Singles Classic Hummus, and Singles Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – you just need crackers, pita bread, or a spoon. The Snacker Classic Hummus & Veggie Chips are ready to eat in the perfect single-serve container. Of course, Sabra Hummus Dip comes in full-size containers for families or to share at a party, too.

The single-serve Sabra Guacamole helps you create school lunch food options your kiddos will not want to trade. The chunky guacamole is made from ripe, Hass avocados. The singles come in Classic and Spicy. Sabra Breakfast Avocado Toast comes with crispy whole grain toasts ready to enjoy the spread for breakfast, brunch, or a snack. Sabra offers full-size guacamole varieties for families and get-togethers, too.

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Gimme

Elevate school lunch food with Gimme Snacks Organic Premium Roasted Seaweed. The six-flavor Gimme Variety Pack lets you enjoy seaweed snacks in sea salt, teriyaki, avocado oil, and olive oil. The light, crunchy, delicious snack strips come in single-serve packages. Feel better by giving your children healthy school lunch food in their lunchbox instead of chips or pretzels.

Gimme seaweed superfood snacks are an excellent source of Vitamins B12, K, and iodine. The snacks help sustain energy for afternoon classes or outdoor hiking adventures. The single-serve packs come without a plastic tray so they are easy to carry as school lunch food in a lunchbox or backpack. The non-GMO, organic Gimme Seaweed snacks come in a variety of unique flavors: Chili Lime, Toasted Sesame, Wasabi, and White Cheddar. Of course, the traditional favorites are Sea Salt, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, and Teriyaki.

Moon Fruit

What’s Moon Fruit, you ask? It’s fruit from the moon! Just kidding! It’s a healthy school lunch food made from dehydrated fruit that your kids are going to love!

Moon Fruit’s Mixed Pack contains three tasty flavors: apple cinnamon, strawberry banana, and mixed berry. Each flavor is carefully crafted using real fruit that is freeze-dried to retain its natural goodness and taste. With this incredible assortment, you can enjoy a variety of mouthwatering flavors in convenient single-serving packages. Your child can enjoy this sweet, crunchy treat without worrying about extra sugar, sodium, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

Pick up Moon Fruit for your kids’ school lunch food, soccer practices, and other outings! You can even slide a few in your purse for those long car rider pickup lines. It’s a treat that young and old will enjoy!

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Lunchables

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It’s back-to-school season, and that means it’s time to get ready for the daily grind of packing lunches. For years, Lunchables has been a go-to school lunch food option for busy days, offering convenient and fun meal ideas for kids. But now, Lunchables is debuting its first-ever offering with fresh fruit, and everyone’s taste buds are in for a treat!

Lunchables with Fresh Fruit is rolling out in the produce aisle of select retailers this month, and it features the brand’s best-selling Turkey and Ham Cracker Stackers varieties alongside Fresh Del Monte’s preferred fruit offerings. These new delicious and protein-packed options make for the perfect school lunch food, snack, and beyond. The Lunchables with Fresh Fruit varieties include Ham and Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Apples, Ham and Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Pineapple, Turkey and Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Grapes, and Turkey and Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Clementines.

Busy parents, rejoice! With these new options, you can rest assured that your kiddos are getting the energy they need from a protein-packed meal and a serving of fresh fruit to start their day.

Mary’s Gone Crackers

Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Honey gluten-free, organic graham-style Kookies are delicious. The Chocolate Kookies taste like a crunchy brownie. The crunchy, Honey Kookies are so good dipped in coffee and tea. Mary’s Gone Crackers Kookies are made with honey from GloryBee® – the family-owned business that started SAVE the Bee®.

The organic, gluten-free crackers by Mary’s Gone Crackers make snack time or charcuterie enjoyable for just about everyone. The crisp, buttery Classic Super Seed Crackers are packed with flax, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and poppy seeds. Looking for a bit of Italian flair? Look no further than the Super Seed Basil & Garlic Crackers, which combine a variety of seeds with fresh basil and roasted garlic. The Seaweed & Black Sesame Crackers bring the nutritious, delicious seaweed to life adding an explosion of flavor to dinner or snacktime. Of course, the Original Crackers pair perfectly with your favorite cheeses. The Original Crackers are made with brown rice, quinoa, flax, and sesame seeds.

Fuel For Fire

Fuel your back-to-school journey with deliciousness and wholesome nutrition from Fuel For Fire! Whether you’re dashing between classes or work meetings, heading to practice, or seeking a quick and nutritious snack, these delectable protein smoothies have you covered.

Packed with 10-12 grams of Whey Protein Isolate, these ready-to-eat smoothies are perfect before, during, or after exercise, or as a healthy snack. Embrace Tropical and Mango Coconut for a burst of paradise, or enjoy classics like Chocolate Strawberry. Need a boost? The Coffee flavor delivers energy with a kick. For fruity fans, Mixed Berry and Strawberry Banana are pure joy. With only 7-12 real ingredients, no refrigeration needed, and approval from experts and athletes, Fuel For Fire’s Protein Smoothies are your go-to for nourishing deliciousness anytime, anywhere!

Wholly

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Avocados are an amazingly delicious superfood but they aren’t the easiest to pack or eat when taking your lunch to work or school. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or your own, WHOLLY is the best alternative to packing an entire avocado. Wholly has individually portioned packs of both avocado and guacamole making them the perfect portable snack for school lunch food, after-school snack-time, or a mid-day pick-me-up when working from home.

Perfectly portioned and always ripe, WHOLLY Smashed Avocado Cups are made with 100% avocado and nothing else! Add your flavors or enjoy as-is for your favorite snacks, lunch, and dinner meals. Perfect for on the go or when a whole is just too much.

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When you are ready for ripe avocados and don’t have time to wait on a fussy avocado, just open a convenient container of the WHOLLY Diced Avocado. Made with real Hass avocado and nothing else added, these delicious dices are ready to be added to your favorite recipe – the finishing touch of your tortilla soup or sprinkled on your perfect salad.

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Toufayan

Gluten-Free Tortilla Wraps make lunch delicious for those with gluten allergies. Pack the wraps with your favorite meats, cheeses, and vegetables to create a hearty, healthy lunch. The wraps come in Original, Smart Grain, and Spinach. The wraps can even be used as gluten-free tortillas to make burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas, too.

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Don’t worry, family members without gluten allergies will enjoy these flavorful wraps, too! But Toufoyan Bakeries does have something for everyone. They have been baking since 1926. The family-owned Toufoyan Bakeries produce more than 100 varieties of baked goods including pita, bagels, nann, and wraps, as well as Low-Carb bagels, Keto Pita Bread, Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Wraps, and more.

Old Trapper

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This season, enjoy a protein-packed snack on the go with Old Trapper. The Old Fashioned Jerky is the stuff of legends. Boasting lean cuts of real steak and a hint of brown sugar, this smoky-sweet snack is the perfect option for busy people who don’t want to sacrifice quality for time’s sake! The authentic taste of these smoked snacks is unmistakable, and it is no doubt due to the smokehouses where Old Trapper is perfectly smoked with real wood. Enjoy these tender snacks as school lunch food, or wherever life takes you this season, and enjoy quality treats wherever you are.

Hope

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Enjoy a variety of nutritious, Hope hummus spreads on toast, crackers, or with a spoon. HOPE offers organic hummus spreads including Sea Salt Olive Oil, Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado Lime, and more. The hummus dips are packed with plant-based Omega-3s, protein, and fiber. The Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus tastes amazing on potato chips or fresh-baked bread.

HOPE hummus flavors are gluten-free and organic. The HOPE Organic Avocado Lime Hummus is simply delicious made with chickpeas, EVOO, organic hand-picked avocados, and a squeeze of lime. It’s perfect as a dip for chicken or fish. The Avocado Lime Hummus is perfect for Taco Tuesday bringing new depth to your homemade tacos and burritos. The Hope gluten-free dips also are soy-free, and dairy free. Hope dips can brighten up school lunch food, after-school snacks, dinners, or appetizers with its numerous hummus flavors including Roasted Garlic, Thai Coconut Curry, and more.

Chocolate

Snack time just got sweeter with Hope’s Plant-Based Chocolate Dip. The chocolate dip made from cocoa, cashews, and almonds tastes amazing with strawberries, bananas, and pound cake. You can even brighten breakfast by spreading the dip on pancakes, waffles, or toasted bagels. You can use the Plant-Based Chocolate Dip to make homemade desserts, too!

VeggiCopia

Bring variety to lunchtime and snack time with Veggicopia Olives from Greece. The Greek Kalamata olives boast a rich earthy flavor. The green Greek Conservolia olives are the perfect tangy snack. Enjoy both in the Veggicopia Olives from Greece Variety Pack. They are delicious plain or added to your salad.

The Creamy Dips Variety Pack lets you enjoy Veggicopia’s Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, the Original Creamy Hummus, and the Creamy Black Bean Dip. The dips are the perfect accent for tortilla chips, pita chips, or raw veggies. You can use the dips as a sandwich spread or on wraps. The Creamy Original Hummus boasts 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber with a classic Mediterranean flavor from the chickpeas, tahini, and roasted garlic.

The Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus adds a savory flavor to your favorite sandwiches and wraps. The Creamy Black Bean Dip has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving with zesty tomato paste combined with black beans and cumin. The VeggiCopia dips do not have to be refrigerated, which makes them great treats for those who love hiking and camping, too.

Del Monte

Del Monte is renowned for its commitment to delivering fresh and nutritious produce straight from the farm to your table. With their latest offering, Fruit Refreshers, they have once again raised the bar in providing a delicious and healthy snack option for consumers. Available in single-serve cups, these snacks are perfect for busy people on the go or as a quick pick-me-up during work breaks. They can offer a boost of healthy energy after a workout, and they are ideal for your children’s school lunch food or snack time.

Packed with real fruit chunks and bursting with vibrant flavors, these snacks are set to become a staple in every lunch box, picnic basket, and break room across the country! With flavors like oranges and grapefruit and peaches and mango, you are guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful snacking experience.


And there you have it, a vibrant symphony of flavors and textures that will transform mundane school lunch food into culinary adventures that your kids won’t be able to resist! From protein-packed smoothies that power up their day to vibrant fruit medleys that infuse sweetness into every bite, these options are more than just food – they are a celebration of taste, health, and the joy of sharing.

As you pack those lunchboxes with care and love, remember that this school lunch food is more than just sustenance; it’s a way to show your children that nourishment can be a delectable journey that combines the art of flavors with the science of nutrition. Here’s to a school year filled with tasty lunches, happy moments, and the sheer delight of exploring new school lunch food one bite at a time.

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Michelle K
Michelle is a Florida girl who loves the ocean, sunshine and nature. She enjoys cooking, gardening and boating with her husband and children. A full-time working mama, Michelle works in marketing and has been writing for her entire career. She de-stresses with snuggles from her kids, Pilates, essential oils, a good book or a smooth Cab. Her happy places are the beach, live music events and UCF football games. (Go Knights!)

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