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A Week of Easy Keto School Lunch Ideas to Pack This Year

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If you’ll be packing low carb or keto school lunches this year, listen up!

Today I’m sharing a week of easy portable lunch ideas that are yummy and simple to pack for school. If you’re struggling with the idea of packing healthy keto lunches for your kids, never fear – because it’s probably easier than you think!

5 days of keto school lunches on the counter

My biggest tip is to make school lunches with smaller bites of foods your kids love, and make it bright and visually appealing, too. Create simple, fun bento style lunches with a few different grab-and-go snacks, meats, and cheeses.

You can even use leftovers from last night’s grilled chicken, and cater everything to your child’s tastes and nutritional needs. I’m a fan of using up odds and ends from the fridge/pantry, and this is a great way to do that.

bento-style keto lunch with pepperoni, cheese, berries, nuts

Hip Tips:


  • Use a bento-style lunch container. I found these Good Cook food prep containers, and they work perfectly for packing school lunches. The lids secure nicely, and they wash up great in the dishwasher.

  • Use paper cupcake liners as dividers. It’s an easy way to keep things separated. Silicone liners also work great and can be re-used afterward!

  • Get your kids involved by giving them meal options for the week. Then have them pick items that sound yummy, and they’ll be more likely to eat it and enjoy.

  • Use up odds and ends in the fridge/pantry. Having lunch with small amounts of foods (bento box style), allows you to use up miscellaneous items in the fridge, like a few remaining fresh veggies and strawberries.

1. Chicken salad lettuce cup

chicken salad bento box lunch

Whip up a batch of your favorite chicken salad and serve on a piece of romaine lettuce. On the side, I’ve included strawberries, a hard-boiled egg, and cheese on tomato skewers.


2. Cold chicken pesto with mozzarella cheese

pesto chicken bento box lunch

Turn last night’s leftover grilled chicken into a delicious and easy cold lunch! I tossed in a tablespoon of pesto sauce with chopped up chicken breast, a mozzarella cheese stick, and cherry tomatoes. On the side, add strawberries and a hard-boiled egg.


3. Pepperoni and cheese snack lunch

pepperoni and cheese bento box achool lunch

Keep things simple with a yummy snack lunch! Here I’ve featured pepperoni slices, cheese cubes, nuts, and raspberries. Spread nut butter or cream cheese on celery for a fun addition, too.


4. Meat and cheese roll-ups

meat and cheese rolls bento lunch

Roll up sliced salami and Colby cheese, and secure with a toothpick for a quick lunch. On the side, I added cucumber, feta, and tomato salad. Blueberries and almonds are also great additions to consider.


5. Pickle ham and cheese rolls

ham and pickle roll ups bento box

These ham, cream cheese, and pickle roll-ups are so YUMMY and luckily easy to make for a quick lunch! I’ve added some fresh broccoli and bell pepper dippers. You can throw in a little separate ranch container along with your lunch. Celery with cream cheese and Everything But the Bagel seasoning is a delicious add on, too!


Do you have any keto lunch-packing tips to share? Let us know in the comments, so we can all brainstorm together!


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Comments 7

  1. christel

    Love it!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! SO glad to hear that, Christel! Thanks a bunch for the sweet feedback! 🙌

  2. AViator

    Interesting lunches, but what if your student does not have access to a refrigerator?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! You could put these containers in a lunch box with some cold packs to keep them fresh and cool. Hope that helps!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would place in a lunchbox with frozen cold packs.

  3. Laurie

    These would only be enough food for a toddler. 🙄

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Laurie. You could always increase the portion sizes as needed.

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