Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

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Lunch is in session!

It’s back-to-school season and we know it can be difficult getting those kiddos back into a school routine, and that can take a toll on any parent. Which is why we want to help solve for a better school year with fresh new lunchtime ideas. Step aside crustless PB&Js, we’re here to make healthy taste great with these six back-to-school lunch ideas your kiddos will love. So grab your pen and paper, you’ll want to add these items to your next grocery list!

brain booster bento box lunch

Brain Booster

It’s time to get those little gears turnin’! Easy to assemble, the Brain Booster lunch packs some nutritious punch with healthy fats from the eggs and a vitamin-rich berry medley.


  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Boiled eggs
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Broccoli with ranch dipping sauce
  • Mixed berries
blue bento box with vitamin c rich foods

Yippee for Vitamin C

Bursting with vitamin C, the colorful fruits and veggies in this lunch will help keep your kiddos’ immune systems strong.



Brunch Box

When your kid can’t get enough of breakfast, serve it up again for lunch! Super easy to assemble in a snap, your kids will love the theme. Pro tip: Cut the waffles into strips after you toast them so the pieces are easy to dip.


  • Sprouts Multigrain Waffle strips
  • Syrup for dipping
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Sprouts Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Granola or Cereal
rainbow colored fruits and vegetables in a blue bento box

Colors of the Rainbow

Almost too pretty to eat, these assorted colorful goodies are sure to put a smile on their faces. From the red cherry tomatoes to the purple wrap bites, these ingredients will provide natural antioxidants and nutrients that taste just as good as they look.


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
  • Snap peas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Cream Cheese & Turkey Wrap, cut into bite-size pieces:
  • Purple corn tortilla
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Sliced turkey
plant based foods in a lunch box

Plant-based Bento

Check all the macronutrient boxes, with a plant-based lunch box. Proteins? Check. Healthy fats? Check. Complex carbs? Check. You probably already have most of these ingredients in your pantry!


  • Three bean salad: kidney, black and garbanzo beans, diced cucumber, your choice of dressing, parsley
  • Banana roll ups: Sprouts Artisan Corn Tortillas, sunflower seed butter, banana
  • Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Sprouts Hummus
box of protein rich foods

Protein-packed Box

Protein doesn’t always have to come from meat. Your kids’ favorite foods, like cheese and peanut butter, have plenty of protein too. The sharp taste of cheese goes just right with the sweet grapes.