Run out of school lunch ideas?

Are you struggling to find healthy school lunch ideas? Having a 15 year old and 13 year old I have spent the past 10 years wracking my brain what to give them for school lunches, the options are limited to sandwiches, fruit, snacks, crisps etc. As they have grown older they eat far more resulting in school lunches becoming an expensive meal of the day. Its easy to give them tuck money and hope like hell they buy something substantial however, it usually consists of junk food which plays havoc with their sugar levels the rest of the day.

With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, it’s clear our kids need healthier eating habits. Establishing these behaviors early in life can lead to healthier eating as an adult. And what better place to start learning good habits than in school?

Experts find that many school lunches are too high in cholesterol and saturated fat, and too low in dietary fiber, whole grains and vegetables. However, the days of soggy tater tots and rubbery hot dogs may be numbered. Schools nationwide are working to make more nutritional lunches available to all students. From vegetarian lunch options to using local produce, school lunches are transforming.

I found some great nutritional school lunch ideas I decided were worth sharing, these easy lunch recipes will make your life easier:

3. Turkey Salad Rolls


Combine diced smoked chicken, toasted almonds, halved seedless red grapes, thinly sliced celery and mayonnaise. Transfer to an airtight container; pack with a whole wheat hot dog bun for your talented kid to assemble.

4. Corn and Zucchini Fritters

Corn and Zucchini Fritters

Prepare a batch of whole wheat pancake batter, using about 1/2 the liquid. Stir in a cup thawed frozen corn, one small grated zucchini and a handful of Parmesan, and a sliced scallion. The zucchini will add moisture; add more liquid if the batter is too stiff. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pack with Greek yogurt for dipping.
10. Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

Combine chopped fresh tomatoes, lime juice, finely chopped white onion and chopped fresh cilantro. Pack flaxseed tortilla chips with small containers of the salsa, avocados mashed with lemon juice, and Greek yogurt.

11. Mini-Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

Mini-Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

Spread the bottom of a split, toasted mini-bagel with cream cheese, Canadian bacon or pancetta, a scrambled egg and a tomato slice. Spread more cream cheese on the bagel’s top slice before setting into place.
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Quick, easy to prepare and delicious soup recipes

chicken soup with noodles

Delicious chicken soup for the soul, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of homemade chicken soup if you are feeling unwell or simply feel like some wholesome food. I found this fabulous Chicken noodle soup recipe that is so quick and easy and yet has the most amazing flavours. Its not only quick, easy to prepare and delicious its also a cheap meal to make.

Serves: 6

Yields: 12 cups

Total Time: 43 min

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 28 min


  • 2 carton(s) (26-ounce) reduced-sodium chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cup(s) water
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 small parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 stalk(s) celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/2 pound(s) extra-wide egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoon(s) minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart soup pot, bring stock, water, carrots, parsnips, celery, and onion to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in chicken and noodles; cover pot and continue to simmer 7 minutes, or until noodles are just tender. Stir in parsley, salt, and pepper. Ladle into bowls.

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