Put together a balanced and delicious meal to keep your child fueled and focused for the day.
Select a favorite from each group to create a well-rounded school lunch that should earn you rave reviews! Don't forget a hydrating beverage; good choices include water, natural juice boxes and coconut water. Download the list
PCC Black Bean Hummus
Tuna or Chicken Salad
Nut and Seed Butters* (Sunflower, Almond, Peanut)
Bulk Nuts & Seeds* (Almonds, Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds)
Sliced Natural Meats (Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Ham)
Cheese Cubes or String Cheese
Marinated Tofu Cubes
Homemade Trail Mix
Sweet Baby Bell Peppers
Baby Peeled Carrots
Red & Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
Kale or Veggie Chips
Jicama or Celery Sticks
Whole Grain Tortillas
Crackers (Multigrain, Cheese, Rice)
Pretzels or Popcorn
Whole Grain Dry Cereals
Any Fresh, Seasonal Fruit
Apple or Kiwi Slices
Dried Fruit (Pineapple, Mangoes, Cherries, Raisins, Apricots, etc.)
Frozen Blueberries & Grapes
Almond Date Rolls*
Fruit Snacks or Fruit Leather
Tips to get you started
Offer variety. An easy way to find new foods is to look for the bright orange Kid Picks logo throughout PCC stores flagging items that are kid-tested and -approved.
Get colorful. It's fun, inviting and more nutritious when you pack foods that are bright in color and flavor.
Think bite-size. Cut foods into slices or cubes, so eating doesn't get in the way of socializing (a priority at the lunch table!). Also, pack according to your kids' eating styles. Are they nibblers? Create a "snack plate" — a few items in smaller amounts from each category.
Boost up on vegetables. Add spinach, cucumbers or grated carrots to wraps and grain dishes. Pack a salad or bite-size veggies and dressing or dip in individual containers.
Make it fun. Try a new version of ants on
a log by spreading nut butter on pretzel sticks and sprinkling with raisins or dried cranberries.
Include a healthy treat. Let it be special by making it a "lunch-only" food.
Be cool. Frozen blueberries, applesauce
or juice boxes keep lunches cool and fresh.
Save time & money.
The PCC Deli offers a variety of ready-to-go dips and spreads. Choose from kid-approved choices like Feta Sundried Tomato Spread and Black Bean Hummus and pair with whole grain crackers or veggies.
Use bulk foods to create snack-size portions. Pre-pack individual servings into wax bags or containers to use throughout the week.
* We suggest familiarizing yourself with any nut-related food policies your child's school may have. These tend to evolve depending on the needs of allergic children in a specific school year.