Back in my day, I was happy to have a plain ol’ peanut butter sandwich, chocolate covered “granola bar”, an apple that inevitably ended up bruised, and a juice box in my brown paper bag. I’m pretty sure lunch boxes were considered “uncool” upon entering Junior High.
Now? If you aren’t hitting all of the major food groups with organic, gluten-free, cage-free, flavor-free foods WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?! All jokes aside, I give myself a pat on the back for the fact that my 6 year old has yet to taste the sweet, sweet taste of a frosted Pop Tart or the bubbly goodness of corn syrupy soda.
Although Bean would probably be happy having half a PB & J sandwich every single day (and most days this is what she has), I like to change it up for her when I can. I have relied heavily on Pinterest for meal ideas because evidently I can’t function as a normal, free-thinking mom without Pinterest anymore 😀
We currently use this Bento Box for all her lunches. I am OBSESSED. It’s leak proof, has portion controlled compartments, comes in 3 different colors, and it’s dishwasher safe (although we use ours daily so I end up hand washing ours). I highly recommend this lunchbox if you have younger kiddos!
Now without further ado…
430+ Super Easy Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Kids:
This site currently has 135 different school lunch ideas! And get this… none of them are sandwiches. SAY WHAT?!
This post has 36 different mix and match lunch ideas grouped by type: carbs, protein, calcium, fruits & veggies, and treats. Also, no sandwiches!
This post is a round up of various lunch ideas, recipes, and printables. If you’re looking for a ton of lunch inspiration, this is it!
This post has 30 ideas for the “main course”, just add a fruit and veggies and you’ve got yourself a packed healthy lunch 🙂
This post might be my favorite of all. It caters to the fellow Bento Box user (which I am OBSESSED WITH) and there are tons of photos of the different healthy meals.
Sometimes a PB&J is all you can do. This post has some great ideas for jazzing them up.
Now… go forth and conquer the lunch packing world!
Does your kiddo eat a packed lunch every day? What’s your favorite go-to for school lunches? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!