30 back-to-school lunch box ideas -quick, easy and yummy ideas!
Wow it’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of school (well I guess technically when you are reading this it will already be Monday). Today I thought it would be fun to share some lunch box and snack ideas. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new lunch ideas. If my son could eat PB&J every day the rest of his life he would be a happy camper. We will be most likely making sandwiches 2-3 times a week, but I thought I better try and mix things up the other days. We usually eat a lot of hot meals at home, so I thought we’d try a cold version of some of them too. I’ve found it definitely helps when I let my son help pick what he wants for lunch.
I’d love to hear what your go to lunches are in the comments below.
Here’s what my son wanted for his first day –bagel sandwich, carrots, apples and cheese. I even let him add some popcorn we picked up at the farmers market for his first day. I cut out the cheese with a cookie cutter and honestly it took me two seconds. Nothing fancy. I
Then I printed one of these printable lunch box notes (you can download them for free HERE) to go in my son’s lunch too. Yes, I’m totally that mom. The one who walks their kid all the way in and takes pics all along the way. It probably won’t happen after the first day of school. I’m not making any promises. ;)
30 back-to-school lunch box ideas
1. The classic PB&J (my son’s favorite)
2. Bagel and cream cheese
3. Turkey and cheese roll up
4. Boiled eggs
6. Pasta salad
7. Pita sandwich
9. Tuna sandwich
10. Grilled chicken
11. BLT wrap
12. Thermos taco soup
13. Chicken salad on a croisant
14. Leftovers for lunch
15. Cheese and meat kabobs
16. Chicken soft taco
17. Penna pasta
18. Chicken nuggets
19. Ham and cheese sub
20. Homemade lunchable
21. Mozzarella and tomato
22. Mini corn dogs
23. Sandwich kabobs
24. Green salad
25. Pesto chicken rolls
26. Peanut butter and banana sandwich
27. Tortilla chips and dip
28. Vegetable soup in thermos
29. Egg salad sandwich
30. Pancake sandwich
Another great way to mix up lunches is to add a variety with snacks. I always try to add at least one fruit and vegetable. Here are some of our favorites:
- grapes, apples slices, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, apple sauce
- carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas
- pretzels, wheat thins, string cheese, granola bar, trail mix, gold fish, fruit leather, yogurt
I’m also thinking it would be fun to make a magnetic lunch chart like this one to keep us organized. I know my son would love this.
My friend Mique at 30 Days Handmade also has a free printable planner you can download HERE.
So there you have it 30 back-to-school lunch box ideas …what works for you?