School lunches have always been a struggle with me and my kids. ALWAYS. There are times when I put a LOT of effort into school lunches, and I’ll make pasta and rice dishes and really good meals! And there are other times where I go for a “tapas” style lunch – meaning an assortment of finger foods that I found in my fridge and pantry (think crackers, hummus, veggies, fruits, cheese…).
Either way, my kids prefer variety – too many days of the same thing and they revolt and will. not. eat. lunch. I try to alternate between a warm dish, some sushi, a wrap, or a sandwich – but a plain sandwich will NOT do. For some reason, my children believe that a plain sandwich is no where near as yummy as a “cute” sandwich.
Quick School Lunch Ideas:
- Sandwiches made with Dempster’s Honey Wheat Bread (think peabutter and jelly, nutella, turkey, ham, cheese, cucumber…)
- Sliced veggies and fruits (bonus points for dips like ranch, hummus, yogurt, etc)
- Crackers and cheese
- Pepperoni sticks
- Yogurt (drinks, tubes, squeeze pouches)
- Squeeze pouches of any sort!
- Sushi “to-go”
- Rice & Chicken (minute rice with shredded roast chicken & soy sauce)
- Pasta (cook in morning and put in thermos container)
- Salad (if they’ll let you!)
- Wraps of any kind
- Granola bars
- Homemade Trail Mix (no nuts!)
- Apple sauce
- Fruit cups
- …and water bottles!
We never use juice boxes here, it’s always a reusable water bottle so they can refill as they need to! The trick is to fill you kid’s lunchbox with variety, nutritious sources of protein and carbs, and things they actually like! My kid’s love Dempster’s Honey Wheat bread because it’s light tasting and I love it because it’s full of nutritious goodness!
Things to avoid: anything with added sugar, dessert disguised as healthy snacks, juice boxes, overly large portions, meals that have to be put together at lunch, food that falls apart or doesn’t keep well in a lunch box for a few hours, and food that smells bad. (Because honestly, no one wants to be the kid with the stinky lunch!)
Even half way through the school year, sticking to these tips helps me make easy school lunches that the kids will actually eat! Making your kids lunch cute, approachable, and nutritious can be easier than we think! Because there’s enough pressure on us moms, amiright?!
How do you make your kid’s school lunch?
This post was sponsored by Dempster’s. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.