With the school year once again in full swing, you might be in need of a few refreshers to perfect your lunch-packing skills. Getting back into the swing of things is tough after a laid-back summer vacation, but that’s where we come in to help.
When figuring out what to pack the kids for lunch, its important to send them off with a balanced meal and something to make eating lunch a little more fun. Write a note to surprise them with a funny joke or cut their sandwiches into cute little shapes. There’s a lot you can to do to spice up lunchtime, but what you include in their lunchbox is definitely the key to a healthy meal.
With these options, your kids will never consider lunchtime a bore. Check out our favorite lunchbox ideas, just in time to start the school year out strong!
1. Take-to-School Taco Bar
You can’t go wrong with this festive lunchbox. Pack up all the kids’ favorite taco fixings in separate containers and send them off to build their own taco at lunch time. With natural, organic ingredients, this meal is both tasty and nutritious!
2. PB & J Banana Roll Ups
Put a twist on your average peanut butter and jelly with these genius wrap-ups. The bananas add a serving of fruit to this lunch and makes the burrito even more fun.
3. Pepperoni Pizza Kabobs
Cheddar cheese, pepperoni and bread bites on a stick? Yes please! Throw in some veggie and fruit slices to make them a well-rounded lunch the kids will always look forward to.
4. Vegetable, Bread and Kielbasa Fondue
If your kids are tired of the same old sandwich at lunch every day, surprise them with this finger food meal featuring fondue, bread slices and healthy, sliced veggies for dipping.
5. Tuna and Crackers
Stick crackers in the lunchbox instead of putting the tuna on bread so they can spread and dip as they wish. Serve this meal with fruits like strawberries and grapes to make it an all-around healthy option.
6. Refried Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
These quesadillas are quick and easy to make and they make lunchtime all the more exciting. Cut the quesadilla into triangles and serve with fresh guacamole or avocado slices.
7. Mini Pizza Quiches
These bite-sized delights are a fun way to combine breakfast with dinner for a perfectly balanced lunchtime meal. Veggie slices and a handful of almonds make this lunch completely balanced and nutritious!
8. Breakfast for Lunch
If the kids love breakfast food, they’re going to get excited about this lunchbox without a doubt. Mini pancakes, a hard-boiled egg, fruit and yogurt make this an all-around awesome breakfast lunch!
9. Leftover Pasta Salad
Why waste perfectly good and delicious food from the night before? Use leftover pasta to create this yummy concoction with a spoonful of mayo, added veggies and hard-boiled egg.
10. Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups
You’d be surprised at how little effort this lunchbox requires. Skip the regular turkey sandwich and opt in for a healthier alternative: miniature roll ups! Served with Babybel cheese and diced cucumbers, these bite size wrap-ups are healthy and fun to eat!
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Which one of these recipes will you be trying out? What is your kids’ favorite food to eat for lunch?