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These easy and healthy school lunch ideas for teens will help you and your teen plan and pack their lunch with ease every week.

If there’s one thing that teens (and moms) want is something that’s easy to pack and not boring.

This is why I created my free printable that you can post on your fridge to help whenever you might be looking for ideas. Even picky eaters will find something they enjoy!

This list of healthy school lunch box ideas is sure to help you get started toward creating fun and healthy lunches for your teen.

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List of healthy school lunch ideas for teens:

Main dishes

  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • Cheese and pita crackers
  • Chicken, cheese, and veggie kabob
  • Chicken salad and crackers
  • Cold pasta salad
  • Grilled chicken nuggets with dipping sauce
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Pita bread and hummus
  • Pita bread filled with chicken salad or tuna salad
  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups
  • Chips and guacamole
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Tuna Salad and crackers

Fruits & Veggies (1 of each)

  • Apple
  • Unsweetened apple sauce
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Orange slices
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Sliced bell peppers

Sides & Treats (1 of each)

  • Babybel cheese
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit snacks
  • Graham crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Mini muffins
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • PopCorners
  • Pretzels
  • Pudding cup
  • Rice crispy treat
  • String cheese
  • Trail mix

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Lunch containers for teens

With all of this planning for school lunches, we cannot forget the lunch containers, right? From Target to Amazon, there are lots of lunch containers to choose from. Here are a few top rated lunch containers to consider:

Rubbermaid Lunch Blox

Lunch containers for teens

I am a huge fan of the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox kit! What makes this lunch container set so ingenious is the freezer pack that snaps directly to the food containers. So they keep cool and they’re not sliding around all over the place. And, they are BPA free, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.

Sistema To-Go Bento Box

lunch containers for teens

I love the concept of this Sistema bento box. It features 3 compartments, but it also has 2 removable trays so you can stack separately some veggies on the bottom level and some fruit on top. The other tray gives you the ability to have crackers on the bottom and a turkey wrap on top. And the 5 oz container can be used for either yogurt, apple sauce, dipping sauce, etc.

Pixi Creations Bento Box 2-Pack

lunch containers for teens

This Pixi Creations Bento box is another lunch container that’s very versatile. It’s nice to have a 2-pack so it’s easier to have a clean one ready to go when you need to create your lunch. Also, it has six compartments so you can include something from every category from my lunch box printable! Most importantly, it’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

Next steps…

Now that you have my free school lunch box ideas printable, it’s time to start packing the lunch! Although I try to pack lunches the night before, it always seems to be the morning when I do it. But now that my teen is in 9th grade, I am going to have her pack her lunch! We’ll see how long that lasts. 🙂

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