100 ideas for healthy school lunch boxes

I confess. I’m stuck for school lunch box ideas already. Yes, I know it’s only been a week, but my son has already started with the “not jam sandwiches again,” whinge that we all know and love.

The team at Babyology put our heads together to come up with 100 fresh and healthy new ideas for the school lunch box and now we’re sharing it with you. And we’ve kept it allergy-friendly too, so no peanut butter in sight!


Let us know what special snacks you put in the lunch box – the more ideas we get, the less chance of hearing, “Mum, I’m hungry,” the moment our children get home from school (with their lunches still uneaten, might I add).

Sandwich Fillers

  • Vegemite and cheese
  • Bacon, lettuce and tomato
  • Salmon, avocado and cream cheese
  • Turkey and cranberry sauce
  • Banana and honey
  • Grated apple and sultanas
  • Nutella and banana
  • Roast chicken and avocado
  • Chicken and pesto
  • Tuna, corn and mayo
  • Egg salad
  • Hommus and ham
  • Pastrami and pickles
  • Mustard, ham and cheese
  • Roast beef and Dijon mustard
  • Avocado and cheese
  • Tuna, mayo and lettuce
  • Bacon and egg

Snacks lego crackers

Sandwich alternatives

  • Banana pancakes
  • Mini pizzas
  • Potato salad
  • Cheese, deli meat and crackers
  • Cheese, cucumber, grape tomato and pepperoni stick kabobs
  • Ham and cheese croissants
  • Veggie spring rolls
  • Chicken and tomato sauce quesidillas
  • Banana and nutella wraps
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Quinoa pikelets
  • Bread sticks with dipping sauce
  • Rice salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Raisin bagel with butter
  • Chicken and pesto wraps
  • Cucumber and cream cheese sushi
  • Vegie tacos
  • Zucchini and cream cheese balls
  • Tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa
  • Chicken, avocado and cream cheese wraps


Savoury delights


Snacks on the side

  • Homemade muesli bars
  • Popcorn
  • Yoghurt
  • Hot cross bun with butter
  • Vegie chips
  • Sultanas in cottage cheese
  • Banana bread
  • Zucchini bread
  • Protein balls
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Boiled egg
  • Cheese straws
  • Oven-baked pita bread with dip
  • Babybel cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Fruit leather
  • Mini muffins
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Rice pudding
  • Apple sauce
  • Fruit cake

Snacks Butterlfies

Fruit and Vegie Snacks

  • Zucchini chips
  • Watermelon pizza with feta
  • Kale chips
  • Edamame with a dash of salt
  • Sugar, snow or snap peas
  • Greek salad – cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, red onion drizzled in olive oil
  • Carrot sticks and hummus
  • Celery stop lights – celery with cream cheese and Smarties
  • Rice crackers and avocado
  • Dried pineapple rings
  • Seed butter and sultana celery sticks
  • Fresh fruit kabob
  • Frozen berries with yoghurt dip
  • Cucumber sticks and tzatziki
  • Melons with cottage cheese
  • Strawberries with hazelnut sauce
  • Dried mango slices
  • Apple slinkies
  • Dried banana, apricot and sultana medley
  • Blueberry or grape butterflies


The every-now-and-again treats

  • Anzac bickies
  • Jam drops
  • Fairy bread
  • Milo balls
  • Rice Bubble squares
  • Honey joys
  • Chocolate mousse

What are some of your go-to snacks for the school lunch box? Make sure you check out our recipe section for epic school lunch box ideas and more healthy snack options.

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