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5 Packable Healthy School Lunch Ideas to Fuel Your Kids

Nov. 1, 2021

Are you looking to spice up your school lunch menu? Here are five packable lunches that feature Better for You tortillas and delicious flavors so that your kids will be fed and fueled for the long days in the classroom.

With the school year in full swing, your packed lunch ideas might be getting a bit stale. We here at Mission know that adding recipes to the school lunch menu isn’t as easy as it sounds – you want something delicious and nutritious that’s kid-friendly, portable, and tastes great cold. That’s a tall order! Fortunately, we’ve rounded up five great options that pair our Better for You tortillas with flavors and ingredients that kids will love.

Greek Chicken Wraps

Getting your kids to try new flavors can be tricky, so send them with an easy lunch that features familiar ingredients alongside some new tastes. These Greek chicken wraps are best served cold, so they make for a perfect packable lunch option. Because the chicken should marinate for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking, make sure to prepare this lunch the night before; remember that the key to a good marinade is a balance of sugar, salt, and acid as well as more potent flavors than you’d normally eat. Pair the juicy chicken with sliced red onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a tzatziki sauce (or use plain yogurt in a pinch) in our Carb Balance Soft Taco Flour Tortillas for a healthy school lunch that’s fresh and filling.

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Chicken & Guacamole Burritos

A great way to use leftover grilled chicken from last night’s dinner, these tasty burritos feature homemade guacamole alongside crispy peppers and the chicken. Making your own guacamole is an easy way to have a fresh batch spiced just the way your family likes it, and you can control how much added salt goes into the mix. Using shredded or thinly sliced chicken will make wrapping these burritos in our Organic Flour Tortillas much easier, so prepare accordingly. If your kids don’t like bell peppers, add fresh tomatoes, lettuce, or even corn instead!

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Wraps

Sometimes you have to let loose a little and give your kids something unexpected for lunch – dessert? These peanut butter and strawberry wraps are so delicious and sweet that your kids will think you’ve forgotten the main course. Instead, you know that protein-packed peanut butter, calcium-filled cream cheese, and antioxidant-rich strawberries make for a healthy lunchtime treat. Assembling everything in our Multigrain Wraps adds extra fiber to the meal to help your kids feel full all afternoon.

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Tandoori Chicken Wraps

These chicken wraps are a great make-ahead meal that will keep in the refrigerator for several days during the week; prepare everything on Sunday and serve for a few school lunches! The rich spice mixture featuring garam masala, paprika, curry powder, and ginger gives the chicken a bold flavor that’s just as delicious cold or hot. A broccoli slaw, cucumber, and some yogurt-based dressing balance the spices well, and you can adapt the quantities to fit your family’s preferences. When everything is wrapped up tightly in one of our Carb Balance Spinach Wraps it’s an easy and healthy lunch that will give your kids something delicious to look forward to at school.

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Open Faced Vegetable Quesadilla

For an easy vegetarian lunch that’s healthy and delicious, try these open faced vegetable quesadillas – you can fold them in half for easy portability! Our Organic Flour Tortillas provide a hearty base for the cheesy and crisp toppings, and the layer of refried beans under everything will keep the kids full and satisfied for the rest of the afternoon. Let your kids choose which toppings they prefer or even make it a family event to prep these the night before! These quesadillas are also a great way to use up leftover toppings from last night’s dinner.

Serve any of these easy and healthy packable lunches this week – your kids will thank you!


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