Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

I pack 10 school lunches a week.  2 lunches per day.  Every single week.  Actually I pack 15 lunches a week because I almost always pack lunch for my husband, too.  Lots of hugs from home in the middle of their school/work days !

My kids aren't big fans of school lunches so packing works best for us.  It also saves us lots of money for me to pack lunches for everyone.  I'm going to show you their favorites in the hopes that you'll find some ideas of foods to pack for your own kids or snacks to serve to your little family and friends!

A Heart-y lunch is perfect for the next few weeks leading up to Valentine's Day!  I cut the fruits and veggies into hearts, added heart candy, homemade chocolate zucchini bread and then cut their sandwiches into little hearts.  The pretzels are already close to heart shaped so I just added some red M&Ms.  So fun!

Berries, Yogurt (I love that these sealed compartments do not leak!) and Ritz cracker chips.

If you don't find yourself having to pack school lunches, maybe this mini muffin tin snack tray is more your speed.  I made this after lunch and then popped it in the fridge.  It was ready to serve and be devoured after school.  All 3 kids really enjoyed this.  It was nice to have food to give them right away and not have to make snacks.  We just chatted while they ate.

Brunch themed lunch - berries, yogurt, mini muffins (bran & blueberry), meat, cheese and Lucky Charms.  Learn from me - don't put the mini marshmallows in with the mini muffin because they'll go soggy.

Doritos, cold plain pasta, carved ham, turkey pepperoni and cheese.  I added a Butterfinger and dark chocolate covered almonds for dessert.

One of my kid's loves salads so we tried packing a salad for lunch.  It was a big hit!

Homemade treats area a fun addition - my kids love these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and they like the variety of a couple of foods in each compartment.

Hard boiled eggs and homemade protein bites are a big hit.  My kids love these Apple Cinnamon Protein Bites the best. 

My simple lunch box note trick - post it notes :)  They work great.  My kids like silly pictures and quick messages.  I forgot the note one day this week and Olive called me out on it.  She was like... Umm mom did you forget my note today??  I'm glad to know she likes them.

What foods do you pack in your kid's lunches?  Would they like any of these lunches?

1 comment:

  1. I love your creativity! I pack a pretty standard sandwich, juice pouch, pretzels/cheez-its/goldfish, apple sauce and cookie. Boring, but my kids can pick whatever they want or pack their own lunches too. They are free to mix it up. I also write notes/draw pictures for them, even if they pack their own, I sneak it in before they put it in their backpacks.


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