6 Tips for healthy school lunches! #HormelFamily

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When I look around the grocery store at the foods that are marketed to kids and parents as school lunch foods I am occasionally appalled. With high fructose corn syrup, large amounts of sugar, and hydrogenated oils in in most of the foods the average American consumes on a daily basis it can take a little creativity to create healthy lunches for the kids.  Aside from the obvious benefits of healthy lunches, a healthy lunch will improve the overall mood of your child and help with their ability to concentrate and learn in school.
Here are a few healthy lunch ideas your kids may just love!

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are usually a hit!

  • Healthy tip: When looking for peanut butter choose a “Natural” kind. Most of the big brands now have natural varieties that are free of hydrogenated oils. If your kids are open to it consider going with a healthy brand that contains little to no added sugar.

Meat and cheese sandwiches are yummy too!

  • Healthy tip: For a healthier lunch meat try Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats. These meats are free of preservatives including nitrates and nitrites. They are also MSG free.  These are my favorite grocery store deli meats!
  • Also, try to avoid heavily processed cheeses (think American cheese) and opt for real cheese. If your kids won’t eat sandwiches (mine won’t) try sending lunch meat roll-ups with slices of cheese.

Always send a serving of fruit

  • Tip: There is a wide variety of delicious, easy to pack fruits that your kids will love just as much as they love dessert! Try strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for something sweet. If your kids are anything like mine they will also love apples, pears, bananas, and grapes.

Don’t forget the veggies!

  • Healthy tip: Delicious dips are a good way to get veggie shy kids eating.  Most kids seem to love dipping in ranch dressing, or you could try an even healthier option like Peloponnese® Hummus Spread. Yum!
  • My kids’ favorite veggies? Baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and broccoli!
Make sure your kids are staying hydrated!
  • It can be considerably more difficult to monitor your child’s liquid intake when they are at school all day.  If your child brings a lunch from home make sure you send a healthy drink.
  • 100% Juice will provide important vitamins and nutrients for your child.
  • If you’re like my family and you opt for water over juice, send your child to school with a reusable bottle with water.  This way you can be sneaky and check to see if your child is drinking enough.  😉  If they aren’t drinking enough simply challenge them to see if they can drink all the water before they get home from school.
What healthy lunch foods are a hit with your kids?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive some promotional items to facilitate my post.  This post was made as a part of the Hormel Family Bloggers and will enter me into a contest.  All opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own.


About Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. Great tips! We love out fruits and veggies xoxo
  2. Great tips I like the idea of hummus, and the reusable bottle of water
  3. Thank you for these awesome tips!
  4. Great tips! Kas
  5. Yum! Love these great tips. I pack a lunch for my daughter and I to share while my son's in preschool and we're out and about so these will be great to remember.
  6. Great tips!!
  7. Amy, These are great tips! I still eat my great uncle's peanut butter that is all natural for all the reasons you mentioned. :)
  8. FUnny - you named just about everything I always think to myself in my head when making my son's lunch. At least that mean's I'm doing something right! LOL!