It’s Back-to-School Time! Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

A nutritious lunch helps our kids perform better in school and boosts their immune systems. But it’s not a simple task to find lunch box foods that are healthy, easy to eat—and won’t end up half-eaten in the cafeteria trash can.

Mollie, one of WFM’s grocery buyers and mother of school-age children, put together a selection of back-to-school snacks we think your kids will love. Plus, they’re naturally nutritious and made with real ingredients. Look for our Back-to-School display in the grocery section!

Organic applesauce pouches

We love the fact that these squeezable applesauce packets are re-closeable, so if your child doesn’t finish it at lunch, they can enjoy the rest as an after-school snack! Here’s a great video about how they grow, package, and process their products: GoGo squeeZ: From Seed to Pouch – YouTube.

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Snack Bars

These bars are made with real fruit and whole grains. Plus, they’re plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and Non-GMO Project Certified.

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Organic juice boxes

R.W. Knudson has been making organic juices since 1985. long before organic was “in.” You also won’t find any artificial flavors or preservatives in their juices.

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Snack mixes

Hands off, parents! The only downside of these snack mixes is they’re as irrestistible to adults as kids.

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Granola bars

These yummy bars are made with 5 super grains: oats, millets, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa. They’re also gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Certified, and you’ll recognize all of the ingredients.

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Meat sticks

It’s hard to find lunch-box friendly snacks that are also high in protein. That’s why we love these easy-to-easy, delicious meat sticks (made with turkey, beef, and/or pork); they serve up between 6 and 9 grams of protein.

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Fruit bars

These fruit bars are called “That’s it” for a reason. They’re made with fruit. That’s it. No added sugar. They’re plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, and allergen free. Plus, they contain two whole servings of fruit.

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