Recipes 7 months ago by Liz Adams

5 Easy School Lunch Ideas

snack tray with salami, crackers, cucumbers and cheese

Back to school means time to get back into a school lunch routine! I always find it a little daunting to think about meals once school starts, especially since my kids have been snacking freely all summer long. I know their tummies are going to be hungry so I always want to make sure each meal is filled with enough protein to get them through the day. Especially at school! Here are 5 easy school lunch ideas to help inspire you as we all get back into the school groove.

sandwich of choice, chips of choice and fruit

pasta salad (my kids love these leftovers!) and veggies on the side

quesadillas, chips and salsa

bagel and cream cheese, veggie straws and fruit snacks

I find that sometimes I buy these lunchboxes that have too many spaces to fill when really my kids just need a few things. I love our bento boxes from Olive Lane that make it easy to have fun with your lunch while also giving your kids something substantial to eat! I love this size for a simple meal combo. I also love our Store & Go containers in – we have a 25oz size and 8oz size. I use these for EVERYTHING. If you’re a teacher or someone who eats your own lunch at work, I also love our Porter bowls which are great for salads on-the-go! Overall, don’t overthink it. I feel like kids are more simple/easier than we think they are. You don’t have to be the Pinterest mom, you’re the best mom because you’re YOU.

I made a little reel of all of these ideas here and you can shop Charlie’s lunchbox here!

Question: do you make your kids lunches the night before or in the morning? I do it in the morning!

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  1. The night before and as much as I can prep on Sundays since morning drop off comes early before my work commute 🙂 Great ideas and we love the bento boxes because agreed sometimes it feels like they need 5 options and really they only need ~3!

  2. We prep veggies and snacks in the evening and will do the mains/warms stuff in the morning. This school year we’ve branches out a bit with hotdogs (our kids are older), bagels and cream cheese, quesadilla or homemade lunchables. So far so good! Fingers crossed we stick to it 🤞🏼

  3. Love some of these ideas. I definitely have to make lunch the night before. I have too much other stuff to try and get done in the morning.

  4. I bought the pretty coral bento box for myself! So I could have a pretty lunch to look forward to at work! Thanks for the menu ideas! Also I received my pretty bra from Negative Underwear today and I love it! Is your code still available and can you share it again?

  5. In addition to the lunch ideas (thank you for these!), I love your note – “don’t forget to be kind!” I feel like it’s on us Mom’s to really work to raise KIND kids in this day and age. So very much needed in this world. Keep it up!