Simple and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for quick + healthy school lunch ideas for my kids! Lunches that aren’t to complicated to throw together in the morning rush. Lunches that are wholesome, affordable and that my kids will actually eat! 
Today I’m excited to share a weeks worth of school lunch ideas that are healthy + that your kids are sure  to love! They’ve been tried and tested by my own kiddos, keep reading to see which lunches were their favorites + find out some of my tips for keeping lunch making simple.
For lunch packing I use these 3 compartment containers from Easy Lunchboxes for all my kids. I’ve been using these containers for a few years now and absolutely love them! I love that they’re BPA free + dishwasher safe and  I love how they keep the kids lunches neat and fresh, even when they’re tossed around in their backpacks.

Day 1: Sandwich Kabobs

The simplest and healthiest foods seem to look a little extra yummy when they’re prepared in a unique way. This was the first time we tried these sandwich kabobs, a slight variation on the plain old sandwich and my kids loved them! Of the five lunches I’m sharing today this was one of the top two. The kids always love it when I add some jell-O to their lunch as well. I make a batch ahead then refrigerate in the Easy Lunchbox containers overnight.

Day 2: Meat, cheese + Veggie Wraps
These wraps were definitely a hit with the kids, my son said they were his favorite lunch of the five I’m sharing today! They didn’t all care for the heart-shaped melon, half my kids like melon and half don’t, but you could easily switch that out for another fruit. Inside the wraps I did light mayo, ham, grated cheese, grated carrot and lettuce. If you have a child that doesn’t like carrot sticks I’ve found grating a little into their sandwich is a simple way to sneak those carrots into their lunch.

Day 3: Pizza Buns
I’d have to say that these homemade pizza buns take the number one spot for my kids favorite school lunch, ever! I shared this recipe back in March and its one of my most pinned blog posts. I love that these pizza buns can be made ahead and frozen which makes for a quick lunch anytime. I need to whip up another batch to have on hand in my freezer really soon! Read how to prepare these pizza buns and print the recipe here.

Day 4: Butterfly Sandwich
Nothing too complicated here, just a simple sandwich cut into the shape of a butterfly. This was one of my preschoolers favorite lunches and it had everything to do with the cute sandwich shape I’m sure! :) She likes nutella sandwhiches, for the other kids I did meat. You can find sandwich cutters all over the place – at your local dollar store or on amazon to name a few.

Day 5: Tuna Salad + Crackers
This lunch was my preschoolers favorite which surprised me, she really liked dipping her crackers in the tuna. I used these mini dippers containers to include a little bit of tuna salad, along with crackers + cheese. Add a mini spoon for scooping the tuna and making mini cracker + tuna sandwiches or simply use the tuna for dipping. For a little bit of a variety I cut up watermelon into sticks and the kids thought that was fun.

So that concludes a weeks worth of healthy lunch options…I hope there’s a few ideas there that your kids will love too! Lunch making is definitely one of my back to school challenges but by adding these new favorites into the lunch menu mix I think we’re well on our way to a fun + healthy school year!

Tips for Simple School Lunch Preparation:

1. Get things ready the day before. Whatever I can have already prepared ahead of time really cuts down on my morning lunch making time. Have vegetables sliced, jell-O made the night before, etc.

2. Have a designated area in your kitchen where you keep all your lunch making supplies. I store all our plastic containers, disposable utensils, ziploks and insulated lunch bags in one cupboard. The kids know that this is where lunch things belong + as soon as they come home afterschool they clean out their lunch bag and return it to this cupboard so its ready for the next morning.

3. I have four kids and my youngest is still home with me. When I’m preparing the kids lunches I always make one up for her too. Because everything is out already it just makes sense. This really cuts down on the lunch time mess at home + if we ever have to be out running errands over the lunch hour I just grab her lunch and take it with us.
Win a Back to School Prize Package from Easy Lunchboxes!
If you couldn’t already tell, we sure LOVE our Easy Lunchboxes! Today Easy Lunchboxes is giving away a fabulous prize package! Easy Lunchboxes are the #1 best-selling lunchboxes on Amazon + are available with free shipping through the US or Canadian Amazon stores!
This contest is for US residents only.

After purchasing my first set of Easy Lunchboxes I was instantly hooked! I’ve since received additional product from Easy Lunchboxes for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. See full disclosure here.

Comments

  1. Regina Postrekhina says

    I love that they are compartmentalized so that I can easily separate foods without having to use multiple containers. I also love all the colors!

  2. says

    So funny! We use these same lunch boxes and I knew we needed some extras so I ordered them via your link before I even finished the post and saw it was a giveaway! Well, if I win, we could always use more with 3 boys in school and someone always forgetting their lunch bag at school. I’d love to hear what bag/container you’ve found works best as well as how you add an ice pack. The jello idea is genius—can’t wait to surprise them tomorrow!

  3. says

    I have read many blog posts about Easy Lunchboxes, and they seem like such a great idea since they are durable and cute! Plus you can fit a lot of delicious and pretty lunches in them (:

  4. Tricia says

    I love that these help keep portion sizes right. Sometimes I think my kids eat just because there is food in front of them. Thanks for the great lunch ideas!

  5. says

    I’m going to try those pizza rolls (with dairy-free cheese for my DS) and I’m sure they are going to be a huge hit! I just wonder if they will taste okay cold, especially since I’d be using dairy free cheese….hmmmm

  6. says

    My first grader just started school today. I have (had) yet to find a good lunchbox/system for her lunches. I think I’m sold with these! I love the compartments and the coordinating bag! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this prize pack!!

  7. Christine says

    Would love too have these for my new kindergartner who is allergic to dairy, gluten and nuts. Maybe this would make her feel like she’s not missing out as much as usual.

  8. says

    I was so excited for this post today as my daughter will be eating lunch at school for the first time this year (1st grade!) and I have been slightly freaked out about preparing her meals for school…which is silly since I do it every day at home. I love the creative ideas with the simple food! Great giveaway- fingers crossed :-}

  9. says

    Love the pizza buns idea. My son hates sandwiches so that would be an awesome idea.

    I love the brights colors! And all the little compartments. Would fit so much better inside a lunch box.

  10. Anonymous says

    I would like the book for new ideas. I also liked the Easy Lunchboxes photo gallery. skuskye at yahoo dot come.
    Thanks a bunch, going to try your pizza buns!
    -Sadie

  11. says

    Great idea to have everything in one container instead of multiple containers. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! Love the color options and mini dippers and that it is kid friendly to open.

  12. Cassandra says

    Thank you for the great ideas! I have some of the Easy Lunchboxes & we love them! I would love to add a few more to my stash…we use a lot of them during the summer!

  13. says

    I have been eyeing the three-compartment containers, but they don’t fit in the lunch box my son picked out this year! I told my husband that next year, my son is going to have to pick a lunch box based on its ability to hold these containers!

  14. says

    I like the divided compartments! I have some other brand of these, but I like how these seem to fit better in an insulated container. Loved their website, the containers are my fav.

  15. says

    We love our ELBs! The containers are the perfect size, they clean easily and they are adaptable to every lunch we have put them through so far! Thanks for the great recipe and I will be making your pizza buns this week!

  16. Emily Linton says

    I love that they have multiple compartments, but all under one lid! It’s so much easier to pack one container, as opposed to a bunch of tiny containers.

  17. Shelby E says

    I love that it is all under one lid and easy to open. My daughter has been having trouble with her sandwich box so I’d love to try something easier for her.

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  19. says

    I have had these in my cart on Amazon for a month!! Love the Classic colors but mostly love how much we could cut down on our baggie use. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

  20. says

    Thanks so much for these awesome ideas! We have to pack lunch for 3 kids age 5 -7. It gets really tough trying to get them to eat their lunch! I can’t wait to try these ideas you have & would love the containers! Absolutely LOVE!

  21. says

    I pretty much love everything about these lunchboxes. My kids love the colors. I love that they’re easy to open. Leak proof would be nice, but I agree that easy for kids to open is the better option if you have to choose one or the other.

  22. Anonymous says

    I love that all the lunch ideas come in the same Easy Lunch Boxes. It makes it easier to plan than looking at a hundred different options.

  23. says

    I’m a semi-professional organizer and I love that each item can be so compartmentalized! Like a clean room, a clutter-free lunch is so much more appealing. Thanks for the great ideas!

  24. says

    Amazingly easy ideas. With 3 kiddos in school, and a full time job as a preschool teacher…time is not something I have a lot of. Love all of the fun you pack into one lunchbox! Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

  25. says

    I love that the containers are freezable! I once froze a few containers in hopes of being prepared for the week’s lunches. They cracked and i ended up having to remake all of my lunches :(

  26. says

    I love easy lunch boxes and I can always use new lunch ideas. Thanks for some good ones. My 6 year old looked at the pizza rolls and shrieked. Apparently, this will be her “back to school” lunch on Tuesday!

  27. Valerie says

    I love all these ideas – simple ways to mix it up! I’m also loving the simplicity of the Easy Lunchboxes, and that they would be lightweight for the kids. Thanks!

  28. says

    I love these ideas!! My daughter is a simple girl and these are things she would mostly eat :) I also realized that I will have to pack lunches for my son (who is in 1/2 day preschool) because he is jealous he doesn’t get a lunch like hers. I didn’t think of it as saving time and mess though! Thanks!!

  29. says

    I love that they teamed up with Trader Joe’s to do a lunch cookbook. I have a TJ’s in my area and can’t wait for some new lunch ideas. Thanks!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

  30. rebecca ortiz says

    I absolutly love that u can put them in the dishwasher and the microwave.. i really like that they are kid friendly too since my oldest just started school.

  31. Anonymous says

    Do the crackers and pretzels stay crunchy?? Because the only way I have been able to keep them crunchy is by putting them in a separate zip loc bag. This would be great if U could skip that step and keep it all together.

  32. Anonymous says

    thank you so much, on time for my son’s new year’s party with his friends tomorrow…. your lunch / party idea ease my headache. i showed my son and guess what he LOVES the idea. thank you thank you and thank you so much.

  33. Lisa says

    Thanks for the great ideas! I have my oldest starting kindergarten next week & we already have the same lunch boxes as you do. I’d never heard of pizza buns but we’re going to try them. What kid doesn’t love pizza? :) And the idea of jello in the box already made never would’ve occurred to me. Thanks!

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