Healthy Lunch Ideas For All Ages

This post is sponsored by Fruitshoot. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

When I am packing lunches for my boys I have to get really creative. More creative than the typical mom I think because my boys vary in age (4, 15, and 30 something husband!) which means their tastes are as different as their ages lol! I try to go by a few simple guidelines while still keeping things personalized and fun!

1. Color is Key ~ choosing brightly colored fruits and vibrant veggies can make for a more enticing lunch and the boost of natural vitamins is an added bonus. Don’t forget the fun colored dips! Some favorites here are:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries slices
  • Carrots chips
  • Cucumber stalks
  • Yogurt or salad dressings to dip in

fruit shoot.jpg2. Hydrate Away ~ it is important to hydrate your family! Although water is my first natural choice the kids and dad want something more flavorful and exciting…a fruit juice like new Fruitshoot! With no High Fructose Corn Syrup and options with no added sugar, this drink will help quench their thirst and satisfy their fruity cravings!

  • Tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst, and Strawberry/Raspberry
  • No-Spill Cap is easy to use for all ages (no more spills in the car!)
  • Perfectly sized bottles ready to pack in lunches, diaper bags or car rides

fruit shoot 1.jpg3. Keep Foods Fresh ~ Keep their favorite foods fresh with the right containers. Going green with reusables is not only eco-friendly but also offers better tasting food! Nobody wants their sandwich to taste like a plastic bag. Reusable food bags, stainless steel food storage containers, fun utensils and even cloth napkins make for a healthier and tastier homemade with love lunch.

4. Everything in Moderation ~ I want the boys to actually eat the foods I send so I let them help to choose their foods. Just remember balance and moderation. I group foods together (fruits, veggies, grains, dessert) and place piles out and let the boys choose things from each pile. Based on their appetite and food preferences the piles vary a bit but allowing them to make their own choices I’m hoping will lead to healthier choices when I am not the moderator 😉 .

What are your healthy lunch packing ideas?


  1. Good tip to let your kids make their own choices, I have often thought if I could have pre-portioned snacks I’d love for mine to grab their own snacks out of the pantry/fridge instead of me hopping up every time they want something! 🙂

  2. My son loves Fruit Shoots! thanks for the post!

  3. Theses sound like something my boys would like but I am curious is Red Dye used in them?

  4. It’s been sooo long since I packed a lunch, much less and healthy one for my kids. They’re all grown up now. 🙂 I guess you could count me as the last one I packed a healthy lunch for! Since I found out I have diabetes I have tried to be more careful, at first more than now. And yes, I know I need to keep at it, but it’s so hard sometimes. Anyway, a healthy lunch would be all natural (mostly) non-processed foods and definitely portion sized out.
    Fresh greens (raw and steamed)
    2 – 3 oz white chicken
    my own salad dressing free of sugar
    and usually strawberries or an apple with Smuckers All Natural Peanut butter

  5. I’d like to try the Fruitshoot in my own lunch – it sounds good! I love salad dressing as a dip for veggies, and salsa is great too.

  6. These are wonderful tips that all of us can benefit from. I need to stay hydrated and don’t do that enough… Great reminder!

  7. If there is some type of dip in my kids’ lunch, then the chances are greater that they will eat it. I love making a homemade hummus for them. It’s quick and simple and I can make it taste any way I want with the seasonings I add to it.

  8. I have never tried this drink before. We are big big water drinkers in the house but I bet my boys would love this as a special treat!

  9. I’m taking note of your tips as I don’t have little ones yet.

  10. Those sound good, but what’s the calorie count on them? That’s the first thing I look at before I give my kids juice.

  11. Great tips on staying healthy and instilling healthy habits in the kiddos! I agree that it’s hard to pack lunches every day and be creative with healthy options. I’ve never heard of Fruitshoot. I’ll have to check it out.

  12. Is the drink clear or colored? I can’t tell from the photo if the vibrant colors are plastic or drink. I am glad to hear about the sugar issues, but we have dye ones, too!

    • Lindsey,

      They are clear! I had someone else ask about a dye too! The containers make the drinks look dyed but they are clear 😉

  13. I’ve never heard of Fruitshoot, I’ll have to look for it. Glad to see there isn’t any hfcs. Great tip about making piles and letting them choose, I’ll have to do that with my youngest.

  14. My kids get natural and organic foods for lunch and I pack them in stainless steel and other reusable, non-toxic containers. They’re still very young though, and I just hope they’re okay eating these kinds of lunches when they get older and realize their friends are eating junk food. 🙂

  15. I’ve never heard of Fruitshoot before. I think my son would love apple or the berry blast. I try to give him a variety, but he’s also at an age where his food is played with a lot – so I cut things into shapes for him. (Cheese and bread, especially.)

  16. I always try to give me kids a choice. I find that it helps in them actually eating what they’ve chosen, rather than mom picking it out. Staying hydrated especially when it’s hot out is key!

  17. I think my daughter would just love this. And I love it too, more fruit is always a great thing.

  18. That is awesome. Another plus for this drink in my book!!! Very impressed!

  19. Great lunch tips! My girls have now started packing their lunches and have me check them to make sure they are all good:)

  20. Great tips! My daughter is still really young but in a few years I’ll be packing her lunches. These drinks look great and not too sugary.

  21. Great lunch tips! I’ve recently tried the fruitshoots in our house as well, and they were a big hit!

  22. These are great lunch tips! Not sure how often I would give these drinks to my kids though because of the color in them but I’m sure they would be a hit and a nice treat.

  23. OOOH. good to know! That makes me feel better about them 🙂

  24. Bri – GREAT tips on how to pack a lunch for the kids that they will actually eat! I am glad that you said something about the Fruitshoot being clear – when I saw the pic with the 3 bottles, I thought they were actually those vibrant colors (and had some dye in them). It’s also nice to know Fruitshoot does not have any HFCS. Thanks for introducing me to the product!

  25. Our go to healthy snack is cheese. I’ll buy ends or a block and cut my own cheese sticks and put them into a baggie.

  26. I haven’t seen FruitShoot. is it carbonated?

  27. we have a snack bin in the fridge and one in the pantry. the kids know they can have one of each for snack at school. they get ‘control’ even though really, i’m controlling what’s in the bins

  28. These are some great tips! I love those reusable lunch bags. They are so cute AND they’re better for the planet!

  29. Flavoring the water makes a big difference, even to me. I will always drink more when it tastes better!

  30. I let my kids choose as well. I usually do the this one or that one? So there is some control over what they are choosing.

  31. i like letting my kids choose that way I know they’ll eat it. i don’t give up all control though

  32. It is important o give our kids good snacks that are healthy and good tasting.

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