Jul. 18. 2014
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

How to build a healthy lunch box. This is a topic I not only get asked about from my clients and readers, but is also something I think of when I’m on the go and need to pack a lunch that’s going to keep my full, energized, and focused for the rest of the day. This post comes in perfect timing as well, as many of you are getting prepared for the fall season and school starting up. Knowing how to build a healthy lunchbox is just as important for adults, college students, but especially important for the little ones! Today I’m sharing a simple “recipe” to make your own lunchbox healthy + an amazing giveaway from MightyNest!

Building a healthy lunch applies to all of us, regardless of age, gender, and diet preference. I’m going to share a template that each and everyone of you can use for yourselves, for your loves, or for your kids just by adding ingredients that fit your needs. For example in my lunch box above I have some of my favorites, quinoa, chickpeas with tomatoes, an apple, almonds, zucchini, Nourishing Nut & Seed Bread, and Lemon Lime Guacamole. A fantastic balance of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and healthy fats.


Build a Healthy Lunchbox = 1 protein + 1-2 carbohydrates + 1 healthy fat + 1 vegetable + water/herbal tea/3-4oz. diluted 100% juice with water *adjust serving sizes based on your needs/childs needs, use this as a reference for portions.


  • Proteins: beans, tempeh, grilled chicken, eggs, wild caught fish, etc.
  • Carbohydrates: sweet potatoes, quinoa, wild rice, whole grain pasta, plantains, fruits, corn, peas, sprouted breads, etc.
  • Healthy fats: avocados, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, olive oil, homemade salad dressings, etc.

I was contacted by MightyNest to share some of their amazing products to use for keeping your healthy lunches tasting delicious and fresh. I only engage in sharing products that I truly believe in and MightyNest has an incredible message and mission for our youth and goals to keep our school systems healthy. I’m all about that! An added bonus, someone will win these products in a giveaway below, but first get to know a little bit more about MightyNest and their school program:

“We’re equipping your kids for healthy lunches which also supports your school. With your purchase of better goods for lunch and home, MightyNest donates 15% to your local school. A typical lunch gear order donates more than $10 to the supporter’s school. MightyNest’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 for schools this school year. MightyNest is giving away this Better Lunch Goods super-pack worth $100 to equip one lucky reader with a year’s worth of lunch gear. Enter now and your school will also be entered for a chance to win one of three $1000 cash donations in a random drawing at the end of August. (See the contest page for more details.)”
Why I love MightyNest. The main thing I love about MightyNest is this school program they have going on called the MightyNest for Schools. Their focus is sharing eco friendly healthy products (free of harmful chemicals like BPA, PVC, lead, Phthalates, parabens, etc.) , and raising awareness to families about making healthy actions versus having our youth fundraise with candy and gift wrap- both of which don’t contribute to healthy living. Read more about the MightyNest for Schools program here: (http://schools.mightynest.com/).

I adore these products from MightyNest and use them all the time in my kitchen and on the go. They’re smart, eco-friendly, convenient, and adorable to use even for us adults. Products in the giveaway: Lunchskins Reusable Sandwich Bag  //  Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set // Dips Condiment Containers  //  Cinco Bento Box, Large  // Save the Trees, Reusable Napkin // Packit // Funtainer // UKonserve food container

To enter in the giveaway simply use the widget below and I hope you all have a great weekend!

xx McKel