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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: