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Hello there parents! If you make your kids’ school lunches, you know that it can be a struggle to a) come up with things they’ll eat b) making sure their lunches are nutritious and c) not waiting until the last minute to pack said lunches.
Back in the day, the school bought lunches weren’t as unappealing as they are now. Of course, this doesn’t apply to every school but the consensus seems to be a big thumbs down for school lunches overall.
In elementary school, I remember having four or five lunch choices and about 70% of what they served tasted good. Seriously.
It was a good day if Mexican tostadas were on the menu and a bad day if it involved turkey tetrazzini. Ugh. I can’t eat it to this day.
Since school lunches weren’t that bad, I seldom took a packed lunch to school. Of course, I never asked for them either because I knew all I would get is peanut butter and jelly. PB and J is great but why eat it at school when I already ate it at home??
Anyway, when my daughter started school, lunches were a struggle. She was a picky eater and there were days half of her lunch came back home (spoiled of course) still in the lunch box. Frustrating, right?
Let me tell you, I wish I would’ve had a list available to me like the one I’m sharing with you today. It would’ve have saved me money, time, and frustration.
Since I want you and your kids to have a fabulous school year, I’m sharing the list to make life easier on all of you hard-working parents out there.
30+ School Lunch Box Ideas To Help You Throughout the School Year
Parents, get ready for over thirty school lunchbox ideas that include recipes for crustless sandwiches, pinwheel roll-ups, gluten-free and vegan options, made from scratch options, and of course fun and unique options. I’ve even thrown in links to free downloadable lunch box notes.
Easy Turkey & Cheddar Crescent Roll Pinwheels
Baked Cheddar Parmesan Crisps Recipe
4 Ingredient Sun Butter Cookies
Favorite Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
Healthy Zucchini Muffins with Goat Cheese
2 Weeks of Healthy School Lunch Ideas
Kid Lunch Ideas: Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops
Homemade Snack Pizzas - Be a Lunch Box Hero!
Air Fryer Raspberry Muffins Recipe
Super Hero Lunch to Help Children Feel Brave!
Pizza Dippers for School Lunch
Cinnamon Yogurt Dippers for School Lunch
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus for Back to School | Power your Lunchbox Pledge
Turkey Cucumber Sandwich
Taco Lunch Kit for Back To School
Easy Avengers Theme Lunchbox Ideas
Melty Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella and Apple Pinwheels
Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta Fries (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps
School Lunch Idea Puppy Themed Bento Box
Crunchy Veggie Wraps
Fruit Pizza Cookies
Bento Box Lunch Ideas- Peanut Butter Dip and Pizza Kebabs
Mini Cheeseburger Muffins
Hungry Hippos (Fun Sandwich Recipe for Kids)
Creative School Lunch Ideas
Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan)
The Coolest FREE Printable Lunch Box Notes on the web!
Inspired By Napkin Notes Dad : Free Printable Back To School Lunch Box Notes
Boost Your Protein Intake With These No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bites
If you’re looking to reduce waste this school year, here are a few of our favorite reusable (and leak-proof) lunch boxes:
Did you buy or pack school lunch when you were a kid?
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