No matter the time of year, it seems like there is always a lunch that needs to be packed for both the kids and adults in the family. It can be tricky to find healthy school lunch ideas that aren’t a) sandwiches and b) filled with allergenic ingredients. Whether you prefer preparing school lunches that are a single main dish or a bunch of snacky things, these healthy school lunch ideas offer you variety and flavour, and are allergen-friendly!
The recipes we’ve shared here are:
- include vegan, vegetarian and Paleo options
21 Healthy School Lunch Ideas
Vegan Burrito Bowl
Packed with rice, fresh veggies and beans, this Mexican-inspired healthy lunch is easy to customize with local vegetables, different beans and your favourite toppings (hello guacamole!).
Easy + Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza (Egg-Free, Yeast-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)
A fantastic and versatile pizza crust you can load up with toppings galore.
Quinoa Veggie Tots
Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes With Vegetables
These protein-packed savory pancakes are incredibly filling, setting up your brain and body for post-lunch focus and learning. This recipe is paired with a heavenly avocado sauce, but you could also pack a little container of ghee for a delicious spread!
2-Ingredient Flaxseed Tortillas
This fantastic and easy bread alternative, made from flaxseeds and water, make for a great healthy school lunch because you can fill them with your favourite veggies and protein.
Orange Sesame Three Bean Salad
This bean recipe gets a citrus upgrade with orange segments and a quick orange dressing. You can bulk it up with extra veggies, and you can omit the sesame seeds if sesame allergies are an issue.
Easy 7 Layer Hummus
This healthy school lunch idea is stacked with so many fresh veggies and herbs (plus there are more topping ideas in the post!), you might not even need something to dip in it. Just skip the feta to keep it dairy-free.
Tuna and Kimchi Onigirazu
Learn the ins and outs of making this Japanese rice sandwich, which is wrapped in nori seaweed and can be altered with your ideal fillings, though we love the inclusion of kimchi as it’s an outstanding fermented food!
Shredded Veggie Healthy Breakfast Muffins
They’re called breakfast muffins, but they’re delicious and savory and you’ll love to eat them at any time of the day.
Turmeric Spiced Millet Veggie Burgers
Make the most of anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric by packing them into a tasty veggie burger. And yes, veggie burgers are good at room temperature too!
20-Minute Mexican Pasta Salad
A chilled and refreshing pasta salad recipe that is great for batch cooking so you can eat a healthy school lunch all week long.
Quinoa Pizza Bites
Another great bite-sized recipe that can be eaten on its own, or paired with a salad or roasted veggies for a complete meal.
Mini Chickpea Flour Frittatas
Grab your muffin tin to make these egg-free frittatas that are high in protein and fibre, and absolutely packed with fresh vegetables.
Blueberry Chia Pudding
Who says you can’t eat breakfast foods all day long? Chia puddings are portable and loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3s, minerals like calcium and iron, antioxidants and fibre – a great combo for a filling lunch.
Vegan Mushroom Lemon Lentil Salad
Experiment with your favourite mushroom varieties, as they provide loads of nutrition and a meaty, umami flavour to salad recipes.
Fresh Sushi Spring Rolls
Rice paper wraps form the perfect blanket for all the fresh veggies to snuggle into. Plus this recipe is ready in just 30 minutes!
Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties
A simple pan-fried patty recipe that has a short ingredient list but is tall on flavour!
Snacky lunch lovers rejoice! This bento-style healthy school lunch includes a delicious roasted parsnip hummus and a ton of fresh fruit and veg.
Vegan Gluten-Free Savory Waffles
Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles
Who wouldn’t love a bowl of noodles for a healthy school lunch? We love the simplicity of this noodle recipe – and more gluten-free noodle inspiration here.
Meal Prep Black Bean + Sweet Potato Burritos
This big-batch burrito recipe can be stashed in the freezer so you have them on hand whenever you need a healthy school lunch meal.