Back to School: How to Make Kid-Approved Healthy Sack Lunches

This summer is flying by. I can’t believe August is just around the corner. If you are like me, you are probably starting to gear up for school purchasing back packs, clothes, supplies, and the like. While we have had an amazing summer, I’m sure I’m not the only one that is a little excited to send the kiddos back to school. That being said, I am NOT excited to get back to waking up early, worrying about homework, and last but not least making school lunches!! The hassle of getting them made is definitely complicated by my desire to feed healthy, wholesome meals that my kids will actually eat. So in an effort to set everyone (including myself) up for success, here are several Dr. Brown approved ideas for school lunch (plus a handy printable chart!)

Entrée Options:

In order to stay focused in school, my kids need a lot of protein for the sustained energy it provides. This can be tricky given most of the time they aren’t in the mood for dinner leftovers served up in a thermos. So over the years we have gotten creative and found some options that do the job. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Build-Your-Own Paleo Pizza

2. Sliced Uncured Organic Deli Meat

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Roast Beef
  • Beef Salami
  • Turkey pepperonis

3. Deli Meat Roll-Ups

Any of the above deli meats rolled up with sliced goat or sheep cheese.

4. Sandwich, Wrap, or Lettuce Wrap

Bread/Shell options:

Protein options:

5. Turkey Bacon Strips

6. Hot Dogs

7. Boiled Eggs/ Deviled Eggs

Side Options:

1. Veggies with Paleo Ranch or Paleo Hummus*

*Celia swears this is a thing, but it hasn’t made its way to the Instacart website or my pantry yet. She says she saw it at Whole Foods. I will add a pic when I can. I still can’t figure out how they make a hummus without chickpeas, but I trust her. =)

2. Sliced Cucumbers with Red Wine Vinegar

3. Celery sticks with Nut Butter

4. Sheep yogurt*

*Add sliced fruit, paleo granola or sliced nuts, and a little pure maple syrup for a real treat!

5. Dr. Brown Approved Chips

6. Dr. Brown Approved Crackers

7. Fruit with or without Nut Butter

8. Paleo Muffins

Below is a handy chart you can print out and laminate, so your kiddos can choose their weekly menu. I’ve found that when they have some control over their choices, they eat better! Please feel free to comment with any go-to sack lunch menu items. I’m always looking for more ideas!

School Lunch Menu Chart

Hopefully this comprehensive list of healthy Dr. Brown and kid-approved foods will get you off to a good start this school year.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer break!!

Kristen Barkley
Kristen Barkley
Kristen is a happily married mom to four beautiful and active children and is the co-founder of Marpé Wellness. She has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston and completed extensive coursework in the areas of nutrition and fitness. She is excited to be putting her education to use in an industry that she is passionate about where she can help others live a healthier and happier life.

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