15 Back to School Easy Lunch Ideas

  Sometimes I run out of ideas for school snacks and lunches for our kids. I wanted to give them a variety of cold lunch items. healthy as much as possible, and easy for me to prepare. In my recipe binder, I have a separate sheet of paper that has school lunch combinations that I can mix and match. As much as possible, I try to meal prep before the school week starts so our mornings will not be as rush and hectic.

Meal prepping for the school lunches may look like:
  • Pre-cutting veggies (carrots, sweet bell peppers, celery)
  • Pre-washing and pre-cutting some fruits (strawberries, oranges, and apples)
  • Baking a large batch of muffins OR prepping the mixes if you want fresh muffins in the morning.
  • Organizing your pantry and having a separate basket or container for snack add-ons (packaged cookies or crackers)-helpful if you want to teach your kids to pack their own snacks/lunch
  • Organizing your fridge
  It really depends on what works for your system. You can get the whole family to involve so they know where the school food is and having a print-out of your school lunch menu is helpful as a daily reminder of what to pack! At the bottom of this post, don't forget to grab your FREE printable.

Few reminders:
  • Some of the cold lunch items will need fresh fruits but you can use canned fruit or vegetables. Use what you can afford and what is available.
  • You will notice cookies or treats on most of the combinations. There are plenty of homemade recipes that you can make (I will share a few at the bottom of the post too!) The concept is that just like a Lunchable..we want to provide a little "incentive". If individually packaged cookies or dessert is what you prefer, go for it! Same with the chips option. You can save money by purchasing a large bag of chips and use reusable zip bags. However, an individual bag of chips is indeed convenient. 
  • The combinations provided will include a fruit, a carb and a protein, some healthy fats, and a treat. 
  • Be creative! You can mix and match or replace a protein with another kind. Use containers with dividers and lunch box accessories.
  • Use reusable bags as much as possible! I have this kind from Amazon.







Dessert recipes to explore:

Smoosh Cookies
No-Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Cake Bites
Cookie Butter and Banana Blondies
White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Snickers and Butterscotch Bars

Muffin recipes to explore:

Chocolate and Oats Muffins
Nutella Oat Muffins
Donut Muffins
Apple Cranberry Muffins

Kid-Friendly Recipes:

Healthier Mac and Cheese
Healthier Spaghetti O's
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs




 BACK TO SCHOOL COLD LUNCH IDEAS







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