Easy Healthy & Nut Free Home Lunches For Preschoolers

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My four-year-old started preschool this year, and her school is nut-free, which meant peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were off the table.

The preschool does offer a school lunch (hot lunch), but we worried that she may be picky and not want to eat it and with Covid still spreading, home lunch felt like a safer option.  

I do recommend slicing a lot of the items to lessen the risk of choking and to make it easier for your child to eat. I always cut her sandwiches into fourths. Also, kids often prefer their food to not touch, so I recommend getting various sized containers or a container with dividers. Another option is silicone molds! Not only are they great for baking, but they also work great as dividers in food containers.

Here are our child's approved foods for lunch:

Main Dish:

  • Hummus Sandwich 
    • It's just hummus in between two slices of bread
  • Egg Salad Sandwich
    • Here is an Egg Salad recipe that is close to ours, but we leave out the green onions.
  • Ham Sandwich
    • Our daughter doesn't like turkey, but you can do turkey too!
  • Plain Mini Bagel 
  • Salami or Summer Sausage (sliced), Cheese Cubes or Cheese Slices, and Crackers
  • Vegetable Farfalle 
    • My child will eat them plain and cold
  • Hot Dog 
    • Cut into slices


  • Cantaloupe
    • Cut up into pieces
  • Strawberries
    • Sliced in half or in fourths depending on how big the strawberry is
  • Blueberries 
  • Clementines/Oranges 
    • Peeled beforehand
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries 
  • Grapes
    • Sliced in half

Note: We avoid apples and bananas. My daughter refuses to eat brown apples, so we can't slice them and it's still a struggle for her to eat a whole apple. She can't peel a banana on her own quite yet, and they bruise easily in lunch boxes. So we keep those as at-home snacks. 


  • Pickles 
    • Sliced
  • Mini Sweet Peppers
    • Sliced
  • Baby Carrots 
    • Can include hummus as a dip.
  • Cherry Tomatoes
    • Sliced in half
  • Black Olives
    • Sliced - Can also use whole olives and just slice in half