Easy School Lunches For Picky Eaters

Picky eating is found in up to 80% of the Autism cases. Most parents report that their child would only eat the foods they are familiar with or they would not eat at all.

This can make the lunch meal preparation challenging because you must find nutritious, sensory-friendly, easy to carry options for your child.

Today, we will share with you ASD parents’ most favorite lunch ideas for their children:


  • Cheese sandwich on wheat bread, pretzels, an apple, dried cranberries, juice.
  • Peanut butter sandwich on cinnamon bread, red pear, frozen yogurt, cinnamon muffin, juice.
  • Turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices, chips, and a juice box.
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, dry cereal, vanilla yogurt, crackers.
  • Nutella sandwich, organic cheese ball puffs.
  • Cheese sandwich, yogurt, cut grapes.
  • Cheese sandwich, applesauce, 2 organic sugar-free cookies.
  • Rice cake sandwich with turkey and avocado.
  • Cheese sandwich (no crust), sliced cucumber.


*In all cases, bread should be gluten-free, sugar-free.

*If you are on the GFCF diet, you can substitute yogurt, for almond milk yogurt.


Non-Sandwich Ideas

  • Olive and lettuce salad, crackers, cherries, a slice of cake, juice.
  • Peanut butter crackers, mini chocolate chip muffins (all sugar-free), chips, and grapes.
  • Banana chips, peanut butter, freeze-dried strawberries, crakers, veggie sticks, granola bar.
  • Pediasure, sliced cheese, crackers.
  • Pepperoni cubes, carrot sticks, crackers.


Hot Meals

  • Macaroni and cheese in a thermos.


The best part about these lunch ideas is the fact that you can prepare them the night before to avoid morning rushes. 

What is your childs favorite lunch? Share it in the comments below!

At WSCC, we offer support for autistic families and their children with Stem Cell Therapy treatments that can transform autistic conditions by healing the gut, decreasing inflammation and improving brain function. We also created an autistic community on Facebook that is destined to offer support and companionship for ASD parents and their families on their journey.

 Remember, you are not alone!