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How to Pack Lunch for Hungry Teens

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Check out these food tips on how to pack lunch for hungry teens and high schoolers.

My son is a senior in high school and I’ve found it challenging to come up with portable lunch options. It’s important to me that our family maintains a healthy lifestyle, so I want to make sure that his lunches are both nutritious and filling.

Over the past year, I have been introducing him to new foods and he has discovered many that he likes. I decided to use many of these new tastes in his lunches.

Packing Lunch for Hungry Teens

My son and I sat down and created a list of foods that he likes.

Then I went through the list and circled the ones that are portable. 

The list is complete enough to keep a teen from complaining about a lack of good food.

Teen Lunch Ideas

How to Pack Lunch for Hungry Teens Food List

Here are three recent lunches I have packed. Each lunch box holds 5 cups, which is quite a bit of food.

I’ve deconstructed the lunches so you can see how much is in each box.

How to Pack Lunch for Hungry Teenangers

Lunch for Hungry Teens

Bagel Cream Cheese Lunch

This hearty lunch contains half of a whole wheat bagel stuffed with bacon ranch cream cheese spread.

It also has half of a peeled orange, edamame, Horizon Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and a bottle of Horizon Organic Chocolate Protein Plus Milk. Find the cream cheese recipe here.

Bagel Cream Cheese Lunch for Hungry Teens

 

Hummus Dip Lunch

This fun lunch revolves around a cup of hummus dip. Pretzel twists, carrots, and celery go with hummus dips.

It has raspberries, chopped mango, Horizon Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and a bottle of Horizon Organic Chocolate Protein Plus Milk.

Hummus Lunch for Hungry Teens

Leftover Pizza Lunch

This lunch utilizes leftover pizza. Four pieces of white spinach & mushroom pizza will fill any teen.

There is also sliced apple, carrots & cucumber with ranch dip, Horizon Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and a bottle of Horizon Organic Chocolate Protein Plus Milk.

Pizza Lunch for Hungry Teens

When it comes to back to school snacks and drinks, I reach for Horizon products. Horizon Organic Chocolate Protein Plus Milk has 15 grams of protein per bottle. 

That is something I can feel good about for my teen or any member of the family. These Horizon shelf-stable milk boxes are portable, so great on the go!

Horizon Sandwich Crackers contain real, organic ingredients. Not only do they help me pack lunch for hungry teens, but they are a great snack or for travel.

How to Pack Lunch for Hungry Teens with Horizon

My son is powering through the afternoon thanks to these hearty back-to-school lunches. What are you packing in your child’s lunch?

Hearty Lunch for Hungry Teens

How to Pack Lunch for Hungry Teens - Need more food options for lunches? Here are tips on how to pack lunch for hungry teens. These tips are teen tested and approved and will help them power through their day!

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Erlene

Sunday 2nd of September 2018

It's great that you got together with your son to figure out meal options. I get he is loving his new meals and chocolate milk. I know my kids would love it.

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Yes! We need to keep them fed. :)

Elizabeth

Saturday 9th of September 2017

My struggle is how to keep it cold? My teen wouldn't even take a lunch which greatly concerned me until 6his year. Now she will take food if it discreetly fits in her backpack. She will not take a lunch box no matter how much I beg or offer to buy her whichever one she wants.

Diana Rambles

Saturday 9th of September 2017

Can you put an insulated bag inside her backpack? I have some sacks that look like a paper sack but are color and have a little bit of insulation in them. They tuck easily into a backpack. Your other option is to make sure she's taking food that doesn't need any cold packs. At least she's taking food now. I get it...not only would my son NOT take food, he wore shorts in the snow.

Kim Lee

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Those lunches look awesome! Love all of your tips!

Diana Rambles

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Thank you, Kim!

Nicole Burkholder

Thursday 1st of September 2016

WOW! Those are so much better than the lunches I had as a teen :) Yum!

Diana Rambles

Friday 2nd of September 2016

I know. We were stuck with yucky school lunches!

Mamabelly

Thursday 1st of September 2016

LOVE these lunch ideas! My teen would love all of these! Which lunchbox did you use in your pictures? Thanks!

Diana Rambles

Thursday 1st of September 2016

It is a Lock & Lock. Part of this set which comes with a lunch bag they fit in.

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