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School lunchbox ideas were often a challenge for me when my girls were growing up. I wanted them to be well nourished, but I also wanted them to eat their lunch.
It turned into a balancing act and a bit of negotiation. I usually promised I’d give them some chips if they ate their sandwich.
After a while, I figured out that I didn’t have to put the traditional sandwich, veggies, fruit, and chips in their lunchboxes. There were other foods that were just as good, if not better than the same old, same old.
By the way, school lunchboxes come in so many different styles and colors. Get one your kids love, and they’re more likely to eat what’s inside. Check out these Toy Story lunchboxes on Amazon.
Now my older daughter has to come up with school lunchbox ideas for her kids. I have to admit she’s doing a better job than I did.
In fact, she seems to have it down to a science. Maybe that’s because she’s super organized in every aspect of her life.
She even posted about it on her blog Make It to Friday. Fortunately, my granddaughters like nutritious food.
My daughter puts the kids’ lunches in these divided containers by Ziploc, which are nice. A lot of kids don’t like their foods touching, and this keeps everything all nice and neat.
Another option is the Bento Box that you can get from Amazon. Those links will take you to the products on Amazon.
Super Simple School Lunchbox Ideas
Sometimes the simplest options are the best—especially on those days when you’re in a hurry. It really helps to have prewashed and precut fruit and veggies in the fridge. If you prepare them on Sunday, all you have to do is divvy them out for your kids’ lunches.
Your kids might also enjoy some cheese and crackers. Since I have to follow a gluten-free diet, I’ve searched for tasty options.
I’ve discovered some wonderful crackers that even my granddaughters like.
Another thing you can do is make roll-ups using thinly sliced meat, lettuce leaves, and cheese. A lot of kids love roll-ups—especially if you involve them in the process.
It’s super easy—something even tiny hands can do with very little trouble.
These ham and cheese roll-ups are delicious. Put them in a lunchbox with some veggie sticks, some fruit, a handful of chips, and a cookie.
Your kids will give you the biggest hug when they get home from school.
Other items you can roll into thinly sliced meat are pickle spears, olives, and carrot strips. Ask them what they want, and they’re more likely to eat it.
Julia’s Simply Southern Lunchbox Ideas
Julia has some amazing recipes that my husband and I have enjoyed. If you don’t already follow her, check out some of her tasty offerings.
I asked her if she had any school lunchbox ideas. When she sent me a link to her fried bologna sandwich, I felt a little tug at my heart.
This was one of my mother’s favorite foods. It’s southern, it’s basic, and it’s super delicious.
Your kids don’t have to know it’s a throwback. In fact, they’ll think you came up with something brilliant when they see it in their lunch. This will be our little secret.
Another delicious school lunchbox idea from Julia’s blog is this ham salad that can be prepared 3 ways.
Once you see this post, you’ll want to try all three. You’ll love it on crackers, as a sandwich filling, and as a salad.
School Lunchbox Ideas from Back to My Southern Roots
After you make Julia’s ham salad, you’ll need something to put it on. Try these delicious buttermilk biscuits from my friend Julie’s blog. She has taken country cooking to a whole new level with these melt-in-your-mouth delights.
Julie is a champion dessert maker. For that reason, I have to share a couple of her treats that your kids will be so happy to see in their lunchboxes.
You’ll love her Texas cowboy cookies! Don’t be surprised when you hear your kids hollerin’, “Yeehaw!” as they walk in the door. It’s also probably a good idea to make extras for their after-school snack.
Another treat Julie makes is her scrumptious muddy buddies. Make batches of these in advance so you’ll always have a sweet treat for the lunchboxes.
Since these are so easy to make, you might as well enlist the kids to help out. It’s a fun activity that they’ll always remember.
Delicious Lunchbox Ideas from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Even the sound of the phrase “country cottage” warms my heart. Once you taste any of the delicious foods you’ll make from Miz Helen’s recipe box, you’ll be so happy.
After serving this honey-baked chicken for dinner, set aside some leftovers for your kids’ lunchboxes. They’ll be delighted as they dig in. And I’m willing to bet they’ll eat every last bite.
Another tasty treat from Miz Helen is this berry salad. It not only looks appetizing but it is also very nutritious.
You can certainly feel good about giving this to your kids, and they’ll be happy to see it when they open their lunchboxes.
School Lunchbox Ideas from My Recipe Box
I’ve always loved fruit, and I made sure my daughters had plenty of it as they were growing up. For that reason, I’d like to recommend adding fruit kabobs with yogurt.
If you’re concerned about your little ones being injured by the skewers, don’t use them. In fact, it’s just as good to dip them into the yogurt by using a fork or even your fingers.
Many kids love macaroni, so give them what they want. This creamy macaroni salad has the perfect combination of chewy pasta, crunchy celery, and a creamy base. Serve it on lettuce or with cherry tomatoes for a pop of color.
Another thing you can put in Julie’s biscuits is this delicious chicken salad. It’s also good wrapped in a large leaf of lettuce. Or you can spread it between slices of bread.
If you don’t already have a container that keeps soup warm, check out this Thermos from Amazon.
You’ll need it to pack this delicious and delightful homemade vegetable soup. This is something you can whip up for supper the night before.
And then heat it up and pack it for your kids the next day. The Thermos will keep the soup warm until lunchtime.
More Desserts Ideas for a School Lunchbox
Although most parents want to cut back on the amount of sugar their kids eat, dessert is still fun. It’s a great way to end any meal, and school lunch is no exception. So go ahead and put a little sweet treat in the lunchboxes.
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are actually pretty nutritious. In fact, they’re even good to serve for breakfast if you’re in a hurry. So you should feel good about putting it in their lunch.
Another delicious cookie is this flourless peanut butter cookie. Yes, it has sugar, but it also has a lot of protein-packed peanut butter.
There’s no need to feel guilty about putting that in your child’s lunch. One thing you do need to check on is whether or not anyone in your child’s class has a peanut allergy.
If someone does, wait until the kids get home and make it their after-school snack.
Make Lunch Fun
These ideas should give you a good start on making your child’s lunchtime fun. In fact, it’s sort of like finding treasure each time they open their lunchboxes.
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