Food & Nutrition

50 Easy School Lunches Nutritionists Love

Balancing nutritious and tasty is tricky, especially when it comes to kids. These nutritionist-approved lunches—and lunch components—will solve all your problems this school year.

Pita with hummus and cucumber slices

Pita hummus cucumberKREUS/Shutterstock

“As a mom, my first priority is to make sure my kids eat! I never thought that would be my first goal but that’s my reality,” says Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, and author of The Detox Diet. “As a rule of thumb, I try to make sure that there is always a protein and fiber option in my kids’ lunches.” Check out these 7 unique hummus recipes.

Almond butter and fresh strawberries on banana bread

Almond butter banana bread strawberriesVeronikaSmirnaya/Shutterstock

“I think it’s so important to let your kids have a say in what goes in their lunch. I like to set out a few different choices—baby carrots, string cheese, yogurt, popcorn, snack bars, applesauce, etc.—and let them pick two or three options to put in,” says Alpert.

Kefir smoothie

Smoothie milkshake made from peach,melon and papaya blended with kefir yogurt. Served in a jug style glass on a rustic wooden table with a colorful stripy straw.CatchaSnap/Shutterstock

This smoothie includes banana, peach, collagen protein powder and a handful of spinach. “I also love to think outside the lunchbox too—sometimes leftovers from dinner work great, or I can make healthy muffins with my girls and use that as a main course option—they love banana almond flour muffins,” says Alpert. Kefir happens to be one of the 7 best probiotic foods for your gut that aren’t yogurt.

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