DIY Lunchables (The Healthier Way)

Sep 16, 2015

The kids are back to school and we parents are back into the daily routine of making school lunches.

Sometimes we may be tempted to buy convenient pre-packaged lunches for our kids for the sake of saving time. I want to show you how easy it is to make your own (and healthier) version. They are quick to make and your kids will benefit from healthier, less processed and lower sodium foods.

Here’s a typical pre-packaged lunch from the grocery store:

They usually contain processed cheese, processed meat, crackers and a chocolate bar. Not exactly the healthiest lunch. I also note that they are extremely small. I don’t know about your kids, but mine have a hearty appetite and can eat quite a bit more than that.

I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own lunchable-style lunch at home.

What You’ll Need

  • whole-grain crackers
  • cheese – not-processed
  • lunch meat – fresh from the deli
  • veggies – or you can use fruits too!
  • four-compartment lunch box (the one pictured is made by Lock & Lock)
  • small cookie cutter
  • fun food pick


Making lunch meat roll-ups is super easy. I take one slice of lunch meat and roll it up. Then I slice it in half and place the halves in the lunch box. Repeat this process until your container is full.


Fill another compartment with whole-grain crackers.


Slice some pieces of cheese and find a cookie cutter like the star-shaped one pictured. Cut the cheese with the cutters and place the cheese in your lunch box. Save the cheese scraps for cooking, or eat them yourself!


Slice some veggies and place them in the final compartment. Add a little element of fun by adding a fun food pick like the leaf one pictured.

Which lunch seems like the healthier option for your kid? I think the homemade version is the clear winner (and more fun too!).

This post was originally published in September 2014. 

Article Author Jill Dubien
Jill Dubien

Read more from Jill here.

Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and two wonderful kids—a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. People who know her personally find it extremely humorous that she is now the self-proclaimed “Queen of fun food.” Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids.

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