Let’s take the worry out of packing lunches for kids with IBD with these quick and easy IBD friendly school lunches!
First off, don’t underestimate the power of sandwiches!
- A tuna salad sandwich on whole grain bread paired with peaches or a banana makes a nutritious balanced lunch.
- A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the addition of 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts and a banana packs a punch of nutrients!
- Black bean (mashed or whole depending on tolerance), hummus, and grilled veggie wraps are a low cost addition to the lunchbox.
Next, (and probably some of the favorites) are snack plates! Try pairing a source of protein, fat, and carbohydrate for a filling and well rounded lunch. Check out some examples below:
- Tuna, Simple Mills crackers, walnuts, and veggies or fruit of choice
- What about a ‘breakfast for lunch’ snack plate! Plant-based yogurt from Kite Hill, pancakes, nut butter, and blueberries puts a fun twist on school lunches
- Pita bread, hummus, edamame, with grapes (or fruit of choice) and a Go Macro Bar!
Other quick and easy ideas:
- Veggie burger from Dr. Praegers + fruit, hummus, vegetables, and Siete corn chips
- Amy’s Kitchen vegan meals (found in the frozen section) or Amy’s Kitchen vegan soup + tuna sandwich
- Stir fry – frozen edamame, veggies & rice with a Primal Kitchen Teriyaki sauce
- Chickpea pasta with Primal Kitchen Tomato sauce with fruit on the side
- Burrito bowl with veggies, beans, salsa & other toppings like guacamole
- Use brown rice (microwavable) or quinoa as the base!
Note: we do understand that some schools may not allow peanut butter due to it being a top allergen. If this is the case at your school, consider trying sacha inchi seed butter from Brass Roots! It is nut free and top 9 allergen free!
Recipes available in our IBD Library: