13 Healthy Lunchbox Ideas For Busy Days

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day, but lunch should get just as much attention. Eating a healthy and well-balanced lunch fuels your body and brain for the rest of the day, which keeps you productive and focused. Here are thirteen simple, delicious, and filling meals you can make ahead and take on the go to school, work, or anywhere else.

1. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Serve on buns and drizzle with ranch.
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It’s not lunch without a sandwich, so grab your Instant Pot and make some Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. It’s a “dump chicken” kind of recipe, and there’s not much prep involved. Serve it on whole-grain buns with some ranch dressing.

2. Hummus Wraps

The finished, cut hummus wrap on a plate, ready to eat.
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Make these creamy Hummus Wraps your own using your favorite veggies, cheeses, and herbs. Spread a thin layer of hummus on a tortilla, add your toppings, roll it up, and you’re all set for lunch.

3. BLT Wraps

A finished BLT Wrap laying stacked on a piece of parchment.
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BLT Wraps are a classic, flavorful lunch that never disappoints. They are easy to make, and you can prep the bacon and other ingredients the night before. Pack each item separately if you are worried about your wrap getting soggy, and assemble it at lunchtime.

4. Healthy Tuna Salad

An overhead view of a decorative bowl holding a serving of traditional tuna salad.
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Whether you serve it in a bowl or between bread, this Healthy Tuna Salad is absolutely delicious and ready in minutes.

5. Lunchbox Muffins

Several Lunchbox Muffins gathered together on a wood surface.
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Lunchbox Muffins are a great way to keep their lunches more snack-like. Pack a bunch of small items and watch that lunchbox come home empty for a change.

6. Apple & Smoked Gouda Lunchbox Kebobs

A lunchbox container filled with lunchbox kebobs sits next to some books and crayons.
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While you’ll want to choose the skewers according to your child’s age, these Apple & Smoked Gouda Lunchbox Kebobs are always a welcomed lunchbox find.

7. Spaghetti Cups

Spaghetti Cups on a round cutting board.
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Have some leftover spaghetti from dinner? Don’t let it go to waste. Turn it into Spaghetti Cups for school lunches. Delicious, eating for small hands to handle, and always gobbled up.

8. No-Bake Granola Bars

No bake granola bars on a plate.
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You don’t have to give your kids granola bars that are riddled with processed sugar and corn syrup. Instead, make these quick and easy No Bake Granola Bars at home in minutes.

9. Cucumber Sandwich

A finished cucumber sandwich cut in half.
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If you have a vegan or vegetarian kiddo, this Cucumber Sandwich is a great option for lunch. The flavors are wonderful, and it’s actually satisfying. Pack with some fruit and a side of whole-grain crackers.

10. Jam Sandwiches For Lunchbox Lunches

A closeup of jam sandwiches next to some sliced apples.
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If your kiddos prefer a sweeter lunch, compromise with these Jam Sandwiches For Lunchbox Lunches. Use a 100% fruit spread for a delicious sandwich without the corn syrup.

11. Egg Salad Sandwich

An Egg Salad Sandwich sitting on a white plate.
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If your child prefers a heavier protein-based lunch, this Egg Salad Sandwich is always a great option. It’s easy to make and easy to eat.

12. Ranch Chicken Wraps

The finished Ranch Chicken Wraps Recipe. The wrap is stacked and sitting on a cutting board.
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Ranch Chicken Wraps are a great way to make sure you pack something your kids will actually eat. What kid doesn’t love ranch dressing?

13. Banana Wrap

A cut banana wrap sits on a white background. You can see the layers of the whole grain wrap, nut butter and the bananas.
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This Banana Wrap is a quick, last-minute lunch idea that is made in minutes. If your school has a nut-free cafeteria, try using seed butter instead. It’s just as delicious.

Prefer Sandwiches? Try One Of These!

A closeup of a Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw on a whole grain bun.
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If you prefer sandwiches to wraps, I’ve gotcha covered there too. Here’s a fabulous collection of sandwich recipes that taste amazing and might actually be good for you too.

Need Dinner Ideas Too?

A dutch oven with a cooked whole chicken topped with rosemary twigs.
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Sick of the same ol’ chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

A skillet filled with ground turkey, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado and garnished with fresh parsley.
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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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