20 School Lunch Ideas Kids Will Love

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school lunch ideas kids will love

Something I finally learned last year is that if I want my kids to eat lunch I have to make them a lunch that they really want to eat.

It’s pretty basic, and it’s kinda embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to really get it… since this is the 11th year that I’ve had a kid at school and I’ve been making school lunches. Think about that for a minute. My 15 year old has been going to school for 11 years! Yikes… time sure does fly by!

All of my kids are pretty easy when it comes to food.

They have their favorites and thankfully they are pretty healthy choices. I stick to the old tried and trusted foods and I never introduce a new food in a school lunch… never! I just create our school lunches based on their favorites lists.

rubbermaid lunch blox

The best lunches for my girls have always been a little of this and a little of that.

They are the snacking type so even a full meal means snacks put together. This means I always have some basic items on hand and I build their lunches from there. Using a Rubbermaid LunchBlox is the perfect tool for quick prep and making lunches that they really want to eat. Plus LunchBlox containers snap together and remain organized in lunch bags. My little one won’t touch a messy lunch so this is a huge deal to us to keep everything in order just by snapping one on top of the other. It also makes keeping her lunch bag itself clean!

easy school lunch list ideas

When it comes to what goes into their school lunches I pick 4-5 items from this list and we are good to go!

Here are some of our favorite 20 school lunch ideas Kids will love.

  1. Berries- I buy whatever is in season.
  2. Hummus and pita bread or baby carrots, depending on who’s lunch it is.
  3. Half a sandwich, saving the other half for the next day. PB&J or veggies.
  4. Cut veggies.
  5. Crackers and cheese (and meat, regular or veggie).
  6. Fruit salad.
  7. Peanut butter and apples.
  8. Cold pasta salad.
  9. Pretzels.
  10. Cold Quesadillas.
  11. Applesauce.
  12. Bagel and cream cheese.
  13. Chicken nuggets.
  14. Cold grilled cheese.
  15. Pizza.
  16. Olives.
  17. Nuts (as long as you don’t have a nut-free school).
  18. Tortilla chips.
  19. Hard boiled eggs.
  20. Leftovers. There is a good chance that the meal I made for dinner is something the girls love, so I just make some extra and they have it for lunch the next day.

school lunch easy food ideas

What’s even just as important as what you serve is how you serve it.

It has to look exciting and delicious. Get out the cookie cutters and the special knife and get working! I’m not talking about spending hours making each lunch (unless you want to)… but I add a couple minutes to lunch prep and it makes all the difference. Also keep “like” foods with “like” foods. I love that the Rubbermaid LunchBlox has three separate compartments so that the fruit is separate from the veggies which makes eating their yummy lunch more like a fun experience than a chore. Plus they love opening each compartment to see what’s in it! Keep food fresh and cold is easy with the Rubbermaid LunchBlox because it comes with a Blue Ice ice pack too that clicks right in with the rest of the compartments.

lunchbox dividers

What are your favorite things to pack in school lunches?

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.


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