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Here is a list of easy to make healthy school lunch ideas for teens. It is super important for teenagers to eat a healthy well-balanced lunch so that they can keep focused during afternoon lessons.
So here is a list of some of the most delicious school lunchbox ideas that will appeal to teens. I’ve included a selection of vegan/vegetarian lunch ideas, ideas that are meat-based and a selection of ideas for both sweet and savoury snacks that can be popped into a school lunchbox for hungry teens.
30 HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS FOR TEENS
VEGAN AND VGETARIAN SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS FOR TEENS
A list of some of the most delicious, easy to make and super healthy vegetarian school lunch ideas for teens.
This is a delicious couscous salad with fresh tomatoes and finely sliced spinach with a homemade orange dressing. Perfect for making ahead of time and packing into lunches for teens looking for a real taste sensation at lunchtime.
These crunchy Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps come together in just moments and are completely adaptable – no need to measure exact amounts! Perfect for make-ahead lunches, they’re full of nutrient-rich fruits, whole grains and lots of protein to keep busy kids powered up all afternoon!
Don’t you just love a crisp sandwich with a smoky kick mixed with the smooth, nutty taste of avocado? Then you are going to enjoy this drool worthy Vegan Tempeh BLT Sandwich. It’s a whole lot healthier than your traditional BLT, but any hungry teen is guaranteed to be just as satisfied after they've eaten it.
These crispy golden potato fritters are made with grated potatoes mixed with a touch of flour and eggs to bind everything together and couple of seasoning for flavor enhamcement. They are super easy to make and a nice filling side for school lunchboxes. Add a pot of sauce on the side and they are just the best!
This Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is loaded with hummus and feta cheese, fresh vegetables and topped with sprouts. Teens won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian sandwich recipe and will love how all the flavours come together for a truly delicious taste sensation.
These Baked Mexican Egg Rolls are a fantastic make-ahead option. Then all your teen or tween needs to do is grab one from the freezer, zap it for 45 seconds, and throw it into their lunch! How perfect is that?!
Protein Snack Packs filled with hard-boiled eggs, almonds, hummus, and crunchy veggies. An easy and delicious lunchtime meal-prep solution perfect for any protein lover, these fantastic little protein snack packs are perfect for school lunches for teens.
Make these delicious air fryer turkey meatballs for a lean meat meal. Perfect for school lunches for hungry teens keen on getting a protein fix. If you've yet get an air fryer for your kitchen, I can wholeheartedly say it's my favourite counter-top kitchen gadget, I don't know what I would do without it. I have the Instant Pot Vortex Plus.
Now I would never before have thought to include crêpes in a school lunchbox, but it turns out they are a great lunchtime food for teens. For this recipe the crêpes are made first then filled with a soft chicken mushroom filling, rolled up and served as finger food or snack - perfect for a lunch box. The crêpe rolls can be easily prepped in advance and stored in the freezer. Enjoy cold or warm seared on both sides to form a golden crust.
To make these chicken fritters you need whole chicken breast meat, flour, eggs and a honey mustard sauce. They are pan fried yielding a crispy exterior while retaining juices in the meat. They taste just as good warm or cold, so the perfect addition to a school lunchbox.
These Italian meatballs are soft, tender, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They're made with ground beef and breadcrumbs then baked in the oven for easy cleanup, which means they are super easy to make as lunchtime protein fixes for hungry teens.
Salad bowls are having a bit of a moment and teens love nothing more than being ahead of the curve or at least on it! These Taco Salad Bowls are easy to prep and include layers of your teen’s favorite taco ingredients like salsa, guacamole, taco spices meat, and cheese!
These savory Walnut-Citrus Tuna Hand Pies are easy to make, super-tasty, and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Naturally portable, they're perfect for a school lunch and particularly appealing for hungry teens.
Sometimes you just need to go back to basics... but do them super well! A hot ham and cheese is such an easy lunch idea. It's also perfect to buy the ingredients in bulk so it can be made multiple times throughout the week!
Now this is a genius way of making homemade versions of the very popular Uncrustables. These easy DIY Uncrustables are freezer friendly and so much healthier than the store bought version. Bulk make them in a day and pull them out of the freezer for quick grab-and-go lunch snacks for teens.
Strictly speaking these are breakfast bites. However, they are packed full of nutrients and will keep teens full for hours, so they're also rather good for adding to school lunchboxes. What's more, they are no-bake, so super easy to make.
Apple Baked Oatmeal Cups with simple, wholesome ingredients are the perfect easy grab and go breakfast or lunchtime snack for teens. These healthy oatmeal cups are low in added sweetener, are dairy-free and refined sugar-free, so nice and low GI for keeping teens focused during afternoon lessons.
Diana has put together five day's worth of healthy bento box style lunch ideas to keep teens happy every lunchbreak for a whole week. These hearty but healthy lunches will keep their tummies filled.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY LUNCHES FOR TEENS
I really hope the list of ideas for healthy lunches helps keep you inspired and equiped to make sure that your teenager goes to school with a healthy lunch each day.
It is so important that teens eat healthily, both for their development and also for ensuring that they can focus during class at school.
If you have a teenager who is fussy about what they eat it is also worth reminding them that eating healthily will also help them look and feel their best, alongside helping them perform their best.
THE MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS TO INCLUDE IN A SCHOOL LUNCHBOX FOR TEENS
Ideally you should be encouraging your teen to eat a well-balanced lunch that is packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It helps if the food you pack them is both tasty and appealing to look at. No-one gets excited about a box full of beige food!
The most important nutrients to include in a healthy, well-balanced school lunch include:
Iron – particularly important for girls, who are at risk of being low in this mineral. Iron is found in dark green leafy veg, like spinach and rocket/arugula which are really delicious, lean meat, lentils and pulses. Hummus is rich in iron as it’s made from chickpeas
Zinc – particularly important for teens because of its role in growth and sexual maturation. Zinc can be found in similar foods to iron, including chickpeas, lentils and pulses, lean meat and eggs. It can also be found in nuts and seeds
Omega-3 fatty acides – super important for keeping the brain in good health and for healthy hormone production. Omega-3 can be found in oily fish like salmon and tuna. It can also be found in flaxseeds, chia seeds – great for sprinkling over a salad – and walnuts