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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: The Anatomy of a Healthy Packed Lunch

Overwhelmed by how to pack a healthy, balanced lunch for your kids? This post will teach you the anatomy of a real food, kid-friendly lunch and provide healthy lunchbox ideas that your children will love, all without overdosing on sugar or junk food. We also share our top picks for easy, clean eating packaged foods and where to find them!

Overwhelmed by how to pack a healthy, balanced lunch for your kids? This post will teach you the anatomy of a real food, kid-friendly lunch and provide healthy lunchbox ideas that your children will love, all without overdosing on sugar or junk food. We also share our top picks for easy, clean eating packaged foods and where to find them!

This post is sponsored by Health Warrior and Sprouts Farmers Market. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible for Root + Revel to provide free content and healthy living inspiration.

It’s already back to school time–umm, when did that happen?!

While I don’t have any kids of my own yet (though I am eight months pregnant and due mid-September!!), I know this is typically a stressful time of year for parents who are hustling to get school supplies, help with homework, coordinate extracurricular activities and–on top of everything–still get healthy, balanced meals and snacks on the table at least three times a day.

That’s A LOT to think about!

Anything we can do to make our lives a bit easier without sacrificing quality or health is a win in my book, which is why today we’re revealing our healthy lunchbox ideas for kids.

This post is intentionally not focused on specific recipes and meals to pack, but rather I want to empower you with an overall framework you can lean on day after day to ensure you’re delivering a delicious, nutritious, kid-friendly lunch–all without slaving away your time and energy in the kitchen!

We’ll also recommend some of our favorite healthy packaged products and top picks to make lunch packing a breeze.

Sound good? Let’s go!

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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: healthy proteins, grass-fed dairy, fruit, veggies, healthier snacks and desserts

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: Real Food for Real Kids

I’m assuming you’re all about striving for real food since you’re here at R+R, and unfortunately, so many kids packaged products (and adult products, for that matter) are filled with excessive amounts of sugar, preservatives, additives and all kinds of junk.

In fact, junk food has a myriad of negative consequences in children: it leads to increased obesity; smaller attention spans due to sugar spikes; increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease; nutritional deficiency and lack of energy, focus and concentration, to name a few. (source; source)

Providing our children with a real food diet is one of the best ways we can support them in living a healthy life, now and in the future.

So, without further ado, here’s the framework of what to look for when building a healthy lunch for your kids:

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids: healthy lunchmeat, grass-fed cheese, fruit, veggies, Health Warrior Chia Bar, Kombucha

Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids using real foods, all without overdosing on sugar or junk food.

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids: Health Warrior real food Chia Bars

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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: Where to Shop

One of my favorite places to shop for healthy foods is Sprouts Farmers Market. Everything mentioned in this post is sold at Sprouts, and it’s an affordable option that will likely even save you money on your grocery bill. For all the reasons why I love Sprouts, tips for saving money and a downloadable shopping list, check out this post!

But here’s the cliffnotes: To maximize your savings, Sprouts has weekly and monthly sale specials, plus their new app is awesome–you can add promo codes and digital coupons to your account and then simply scan at checkout to save even more. This is a great way to save on your kiddos favorite snacks and staples!

On top of that, Sprouts gives millions of dollars back every year into charities and community causes. One of their key partners is Real School Gardens, an organization that helps kids get healthier by developing in-school nutrition curriculums and building school gardens. I love getting to support amazing brands like Sprouts that, in turn, make a huge difference in the health and quality of life of children and those in need.

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There we have it–healthy lunchbox ideas to keep your keeps happy and thriving!

Now, I’d love to hear from you: what are your go-to healthy lunchbox ideas for your kids? Share the wisdom by leaving a comment below!


Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I’ve linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust. There is no additional cost to you.

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I've linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust. There is no additional cost to you.

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14 comments on “Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: The Anatomy of a Healthy Packed Lunch”

  1. I love all these great ideas! It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when packing school lunches. It’s great to see things here we haven’t tried yet. Thanks for posting!

  2. This is such a great list of suggestions! I wish we had Sprouts near us. I’ve heard great things.

  3. Great all-around information for packing lunches. You hit all the healthy points with some delicious looking products.

  4. These ideas for lunch are brilliant. I love all of them. Great idea. Sprouts is a favorite!

  5. Exactly what I needed to find! My son just started his first year in preschool, and the preschool is serious about his lunch being healthy, haha.

  6. nice! my son is starting pre school next month and I really like the tips here because he is for sure going to be taking some delicious and healthy homemade lunches to school!

  7. I love these ideas! I just recently tried Health Warrior’s Chia Bars and they were so tasty! Low sugar is really important to me and it’s almost impossible to find in bars, so I was really stoked about that. I wish I had a Sprouts near me–come to Charleston, South Carolina please Sprouts!! 😀