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12 Easy Back To School Lunches That Keep You Going All Day

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The school day can be long and you’ve got to have a nutritious lunch to keep you alert and going, right through all your sports and extracurriculars at the end of the day. We’ve got sandwiches, of course, but we also have easy-to-eat kebobs, salads, wraps and bowls. Vegetarian and vegan options, too! Twelve recipes, plus some creative ways to use canned tuna.

Mason Jar Salads

Low FODMAP Mason Jar Salads

“Mason” jars are glass, and might not b the best choice for the kids, but you can use any con trainer you like. The idea is to layer proteins, vegetables, fresh herbs, legumes, cheese – any and everything that you might use at the salad bar. Choose your favorite jar and follow our suggestions for satisfying, creative main dish salads. We like to pack dressing separately. Get the recipe.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Tuna Macaroni Salad. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

A mash up of classic macaroni salad – with tuna added! Protein and pasta with a creamy dressing. A family favorite. Get the recipe.

Baja Tempeh Taco Salad

Low FODMAP Baja Tempeh Taco Salad in dark bowl; woman's hand holding wooden fork
Baja Tempeh Taco Salad. Photo credit: Ayten Salahi from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our plant-based Baja Tempeh Taco Salad features spicy, seasoned tempeh as the star of the show, but it doesn’t stop there! In addition to cumin, cayenne, smoked paprika and oregano tempered with maple syrup and soy sauce we have a fresh crunchy salad with arugulacilantrocabbage and pepitas. More texture and flavor from nutritional yeast and tortilla chips top everything off with a garlicky lime dressing. Get the recipe.

Hummus Wrap

closeup of low FODMAP hummus wrap on white plate; green napkin
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Hummus is a protein rich chickpea spread, perfect for dipping, sandwiches, or wraps, as shown here. Add crunchy, colorful, juicy veggies, like lettuce, julienned carrots and cucumbers, and tomatoes for a hearty wrap. Get the recipe for Hummus Wrap.

Vegan Chickpea Salad

Overhead image of vegan low FODMAP CHICKPEA Salad stuffed into a tomato; green napkin
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Chickpeas are full of fiber and protein and can be made into more than just hummus! Here they are kept whole and combined with diced vegetables in creamy dressing. Get the recipe for Chickpea Salad.

Easy Tuna Wrap

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This easy tuna wrap recipe is made with tuna and a few other easy-to-find ingredients. Tuna makes a great base for a lunch wrap because it’s low in calories, but still provides plenty of protein and other nutrients. Tuna wraps are a healthy make-at-home option that can be mixed and matched with different vegetables and herbs. It’s a versatile and filling meal that will fuel you through your day. Get the recipe for Easy Tuna Wrap.

Cheese Kabobs For School Lunches

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These cheese kabobs are a fun and healthy way to feed your kids at school each day with minimal prep or effort. Get the recipe for Cheese Kebobs.

Get Creative with Tuna

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We bet you have a favorite tuna salad recipe. Well, we think having cans of tunas in the pantry is really smart, because tuna is actually very versatile for lunches as well as dinners. Check out our article, 18 Ways To Use Canned Tuna!

Vegan Egg Salad

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I make this vegan egg salad at least once a month and it’s one of my favorite sandwich fillings. I actually like it much more than traditional egg salad as I think that egg yolks with mayo tastes almost mealy. Not so with this tofu egg salad! It really is the best. Get the recipe for Vegan Egg Salad.

Vegan Curry Tempeh Salad Wrap

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Vegan Curry Tempeh Salad Wrap! This plant-based sandwich is SO good! Curried tempeh salad with raisins, sunflower seeds, carrots, celery and more. So good, a must try, perfect for packed lunches. Get the recipe for Vegan Curry Tempeh Salad Wrap.

Ultimate High Protein Vegan Caesar Salad

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Are you ready for the ultimate high protein vegan Caesar salad? The one that’s covered in a creamy, vegan Caesar dressing and topped with crispy tempeh bacon bits, crispy chickpea croutons and homemade vegan parmesan cheese. Get the recipe for Vegan Caesar Salad.

Lunch Box Burritos

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These lunch box burritos are a healthy, quick, easy-breezy lunch any day of the week. Get the recipe.

Vegan Cashew Cheese Veggie Sandwich

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Cashew Cheese Veggie Sandwich! This is the ultimate dairy-free veg cheese sandwich! If you’re looking for a new vegan sandwich recipe, this is it! SO good, you’ll never believe it’s dairy-free! Get the recipe.

How To Make Sandwiches For Kids With Sensitive Tummies

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We love sandwiches! And we know that they are the easiest packable lunch you can make for your kids. But some kids have sensitive tummies and you want to do your best to ensure they get the nutrition they need without the upset. If your child has Irritable Bowel Syndrome and you have found that a low FODMAP diet is best for your child then we have sandwiches for you!

We have created the ultimate guide to making low FODMAP sandwiches – and there is more to choose from than you probably imagine. Read: How To Make Low FODMAP Sandwiches

Favorite Low FODMAP Lunch Recipes

Whether you pack lunch to-go, or are hanging around the house, you gotta fuel mid-day. When you are following the low FODMAP diet it pays to plan ahead so that you are never without a good low FODMAP meal. Read: Favorite Low FODMAP Lunch Recipes

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