Easy Nut-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids

Easy Nut-Free Kids Lunch Ideas for Camp or School

This summer, we signed Luca up for summer camp and that means packed camp lunches!...

This summer, we signed Luca up for summer camp and that means packed camp lunches! It’s great practice, because we’ll be packing his lunch for school this fall, too. If you’re in need of some nut-free lunch inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started.

Easy Nut-Free Kids Lunch Ideas for Camp or School

For reference, Luca will be 4 years old on September 25th! These are the lunches we’ve found easiest to make so far. To get started, here are the products we use when packing his lunch:

Now, here are some ideas on how to pack the lunchbox. I’ve divided this into compartments – Main and Sides – because I find that helps me mentally compartmentalize as well.


  • Ham and cheese (in a tortilla or on bread)
  • Turkey and cheese roll-up (in a tortilla or on bread)
  • Quesadilla (cheese, black bean, chicken, or ground meat)
  • Cream cheese & jelly sandwich
  • Sunbutter & jelly (Wowbutter doesn’t have the best ingredients, but it’s the closest in flavor to regular nut butter)
  • English muffin pizza
  • Tortellini or other pasta salad
  • Hot dog cut up or in a bun, sliced into manageable sections
  • Blender muffins or muffins of any kind
  • Veggie tots (from Inspiralized & Beyond)
  • Leftover pizza!


  • Roasted veggies – broccoli, string beans, sweet potatoes, peas/carrots
  • Raw veggies – carrots, celery, cucumbers, sliced tomatoes
  • Fruits – apple slices, berries, grapes, stone fruits, banana
  • Cheese sticks
  • Yogurt tubes
  • Crackers and cheese slices
  • Annie’s chocolate graham bunnies
  • Meat sticks/jerky
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Granola bars or other nut-free bars
  • Pretzels
  • Sweet potato fries or potato fries/wedges
  • Cereal/O’s

I’d love to hear some of your easy kids lunch ideas! Drop a note below. Thank you in advance!

with love, Ali

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