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Nutritious Lunch Ideas for 5 Days a Week

Updated on June 26, 2017

Out of healthy packed lunch ideas?

Packing a nutritious packed lunch your kids will actually eat five days of the week can sometimes be a challenging task. It's no wonder many of us get stuck in a rut and end up packing and eating the same thing for lunch over and over again.

When packing your kids lunch, you want it to be fun and appealing to them for their midday break, but you want to get some good nutrients in there too. Try to include a mixture of whole grains, protein, fruit and veggies in each packed lunch. That sounds like a lot of thought, but I promise it's easy once you get in the swing of things.

To help get you started, here are five lunchbox ideas balanced to include both the nutrients and the fun that you can use individually or as a 5-day sample lunch menu...

Start with an awesome waste free lunch kit....

The Kids Konserve Lunch Kit (pictured first in the row below) is a good choice if you are thinking of providing your kid with a solid and good quality lunch kit. It includes a recycled cotton sack for the two stainless steel food containers and stainless steel beverage bottle. It also includes a cloth napkin and a reusable, BPA-free, food kozy for your delicious sandwich or bagel. It comes in three designs, Butterflies, Caterpillars and Logos.

Overall, this is a great eco-friendly lunch kit idea, which I would certainly recommend if you are looking to invest a bit more money into a waste-free lunch kit solution. Yes, it isn't cheap, but you can be assured that you will get a high quality and safe product that should last for a long time and will help to reduce wastage. I am sure your growing kids will be proud to be helping the environment in such a way.

Laptop Lunch B630 Bento System 2.0, Berry Blue
Laptop Lunch B630 Bento System 2.0, Berry Blue

My husband actually uses this bento system for portion control in his lunch packing. The different size containers make it easy to pack a variety of foods without making a mess and it's easy to clean after.


Lunch for Day One

Monday's Lunch Box

Wholemeal bread sandwich filled with ham and cheese

Fruit yogurt

Cut melon cubes and cucumber rounds

Small packet of raisins

Lemonade or fruit juice

Tip: Sandwich or cookie cutters for shaped sandwiches make prep work fun and easy, and are sure to please the young and the mature alike when they open their lunch.

Lunch for Day Two

Tuesday's Lunch

Pita filled with turkey and cream cheese

Carrot sticks

Pineapple chunks

Mini muffin

Iced tea or fruit juice

Lunch for Day Three

Wednesday's Lunch

Homemade Pizza Quesadilla

Apple sauce

Cherry tomatoes and cubes of ham

Yogurt covered raisins

Lemonade or fruit juice

Lunch for Day Four

Thursday's Lunch

Bagel spread with peanut butter and real fruit jam

Fresh peach

Carrot sticks and cubes of cheese

Yogurt or a yogurt drink

Fruit juice or Iced Tea

Lunch for Day Five

Friday's Lunch

Roll filled with tuna and sweet corn

Cucumber slices and cubes of cheese

Bunch of seedless grapes

Mini Fruit Muffin

Fruit Juice or Lemonade

***throw in a handful of M&Ms ~ TGIF!!***

It's the weekend!

See, that wasn't so bad, now was it? :-)

Keep in mind this menu isn't just for kids ~ it works great for the whole family too! (Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Uncle Bob all need a healthy lunch too!)

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    • MsSnow4 profile image

      Carol Goss 

      6 years ago

      Great lunch ideas :)

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      6 years ago

      What marvelous ideas for lunch. Packed lunches are definitely nutritious compared to eating out.

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      6 years ago

      I can use more fun and variety in my lunch! How come I never thought to make a quesadilla?! Thanks for the tips and the tour of great lunch boxes!

    • zupi profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lunch ideas.

    • retta719 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      @Lady Lorelei: They were just available the other day ~ I wonder if they're just out of stock from all the back to school sales?

    • retta719 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      @DecoratingEvents: Husbands are kids in their own way -lol- My husband packs a lunch as well, so we do our best to get creative with them so no one gets bored.

    • retta719 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      @JoshK47: Thank you :)

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      6 years ago

      Extremely useful lens! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      Kids are gone but hubby still takes a packed lunch. He hates to eat out at lunch. Thanks for some new ideas I can incorporate into his lunches!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Love your lunch box ideas but just letting you know that your lead in amazon product is expired. Have a great weekend.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These all sound like yummy lunch options. I just walk to the fridge and grab something but always packed a lunch when I worked away from home.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      You have some pretty neat lunch ideas, and fun lunches mean the kids will eat more nutritious things, and have a healthier lifestyle :)

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      6 years ago

      Great lunch ideas :)

    • malena10 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks! This Laptop Lunch boxes are cute

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas as back to school looms......

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      Preschool Toolbox 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the menu suggestions. I'm always looking for new ideas for my kids lunches and trying to find the perfect container for my oldest to take lunches in for Kindergarten.

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens!!

    • sousababy profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing some very well-balanced lunch menus. My daughter is such a picky eater . . I will have to try these.

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      These lunches truly look delicious. I love having fresh fruit as dessert for lunch.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice healthy selection, everything looks delicious!

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      7 years ago

      This is such a great lens! Most schools serve such unhealthy food and children really need the mid-day nutrition! Thanks for the great ideas. I love the Kids Konserve lunch kit too!

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      7 years ago

      We only have to provide the mid-morning snack, lunch is cooked at shcool. But I notice a difference in my daughter's mood when the snack is healthy. Imagine how important lunch is!

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      7 years ago

      I love these compact containers

    • iijuan12 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      You pack excellent lunches! I'm fascinated with #5's roll with tuna and sweet corn, now that is an original that is sure to be a hit. Very creatively interspersed with everything needed to pack and carry these lunches that will never be 'traded'.

    • BelindaBlevins profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens, I like those treats

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      7 years ago

      How yummy these treats.

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      phoenix arizona f 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas for lunch.

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      great ideas... thanks for sharing :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas for my family of six.

    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for the great ideas.

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      7 years ago

      Great lunch ideas... thank you!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nice mix here

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      7 years ago

      Wonder lens, makes life much easier for any mom with kids.

    • sheriangell profile image


      7 years ago

      Wish I would have found this at the beginning of the school year! Great ideas.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens, love it!

      Helene Malmsios

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Very good and useful ideas. Thanks

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      spritequeen lm 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas! My kids are always complaining about being bored with their lunches lol. Can't wait to try this out on them! Thanks!

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago


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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Great for adults too!

    • retta719 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      @ajgodinho: Thank you! <3

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Short, sweet and simple lens with great lunch-box ideas! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

    • Lisa-Marie-Mary profile image


      8 years ago

      I've been trying to get Uncle Bob to eat healthier for mooooonths!! Maybe these ideas will help! LOL Seriously, you have given a lot of great ideas - I know that two of mine would love them - if any of them would take their lunches anymore. My daughter does sometimes, when she gets fed up with school lunches.


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