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Lunch Box Ideas + Back to School Giveaway

Need some tips for packing your kids’ school lunch this year? These healthy lunch ideas will keep the whole family happy all year!

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My kids headed back to school this week.

It’s always a bitter-sweet moment when our summer fun is officially over.

All you parents of school-aged children know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s an emotional roller coaster. One minute I’m ready to punt them out the door, because they’re stir-crazy and getting on each other’s nerves. The next minute I’m weepy-eyed over my sweet little bundles all grown up and moving up the elementary ladder.

I get several (quiet) hours of my life back each day, yet I miss their funny stories, giggles and constant hugs. Sob…

Parenting is for the birds. Just kidding.

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While my two cuties are enthusiastically laying out their new shoes and backpacks, I’m pondering healthy lunch ideas for school this year. Making sure their school lunch is something healthy and inviting can be a little difficult.

After all, I certainly get tired of eating the same thing over and over again, so I can’t blame them for not wanting PB&J and ham and cheese 5 days a week.

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So I’ve compiled a list of some fun and healthy lunch ideas for back to school.

And we’ve got a really fun giveaway to boot!

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

Kid-Made Lunch Ideas:

Try letting your kids make their own lunches. It’s fun for them and teaches responsibility.

Pack Bento Boxes – to encourage healthy choices and portion control

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Use Cookie Cutters – to cut sandwiches and fruit into fun shapes

Use Veggies to Make Colorful Creations

Come Up with Unique Flavor Combinations – that they’ll love because they thought of it themselves

Make-Your-Own Lunchables using healthy crackers and good quality cheese

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My Favorite PB&J Alternatives:

Meat Cheese and Veggie Roll-Ups

Pickle Roll-Ups with Lunch Meat and Fresh Basil Leaves

Crispy Chicken Tender Pops

Lettuce Wraps

Repurpose leftovers into something new (Like leftover steak into steak sandwiches or quick beef stir fry)

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Easy Make Aheads:

These are things you can make in one batch and pack in a lunch box several times throughout the week.



Pastas and Pasta Salads

Chicken Salad (or Egg Salad or Tuna Salad)

Loaded Rice Dishes

Homemade Pizza

Pulled Pork

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Easy Sides and Snacks:

Fruit Kebabs

Homemade Snack Mixes

Kale Chips

Roasted Chickpeas

Veggies and Dip

Crackers with Goat Cheese and Berries (Instead of processed cheese spreads)

Homemade seasoned popcorn

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Antipasto Skewers

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

Creamy Avocado Salsa and Chips

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Freezer Favorites:

Items you can place in the freezer to keep your lunch cold while they thaw.

Yogurt Tubes

Mini Yogurt Smoothies

Individually Sized Guacamole Packets

Juice Boxes


Pudding Cups

Mini Quiches

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I hope these healthy lunch ideas give you a head start this year on your quest for an intriguing (and manageable) school lunch schedule.

Did you notice the super-cute Built Lunch Tote Sets throughout the post?

You could win one today for your child (or yourself!)

These lunch bags are durable, well insulated, and each lunch tote comes with a matching reusable sandwich and snack bag, so you can be earth-friendly and stylish! Today’s Giveaway is generously donated by BigKitchen.com, a great place to shop for all things cooking.

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Disclosure: BigKitchen.com provided the lunch totes for today’s post and giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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129 comments on “Lunch Box Ideas + Back to School Giveaway”

  1. What great ideas! Printed out tons! Thanks for so much great info!!

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  10. Love the Owl bag.

  11. Adult Floral suits me well. No kiddos in school!

  12. I like Adult Floral.

  13. My son would love the Big Kid Boy bag

  14. Little boy dog…but really I’ll take any of them:)

  15. i like doggie-bag for little boy.. but i kind-of like owl too. i think i need one regardless if i win too..

  16. Adult floral!

  17. The Skull set is super cute!!! Love the lunch ideas! I have just sent my first off to kindergarten and this is SO helpful :)

  18. Adult Floral

  19. Great ideas! I really love the old fashioned aluminum stackable lunch containers, too.

  20. The adult floral

  21. The adult floral. Love this giveaway

  22. Big Kid Boy – I think it’s hilarious.

  23. Love the owl and geometric!

  24. Love the Owl kit but would have to go with the geometric or floral for the teen.

  25. Little kid owl of course!!! ;-)

  26. The big kid girl

  27. Little kid Dog!

  28. I love the adult floral, I have a similar one from built and I am in love with it!!!

  29. I like the adult floral one

  30. Adult floral. So cute, and so much better than the lame grocery bag I use now!

  31. My kids head back next week, and it’s going to be so strange! Adorable lunch box sets!

  32. I like the adult floral set, but they’re all cute!

  33. Love the big kid girl lunch bag! I also love your idea for pasta salads. So many different combinations of veggies to add to all kinds of fun pasta shapes.

  34. so cute!

  35. big kid boy!

  36. Love it, little kid dog bag

  37. I love little kid dog!

  38. This is such a great giveaway, I love all the bags. I prefer the Adult Floral :)

  39. All of the bags are great! The owl and puppy are especially cute! Your lunch ideas are also great. I too prefer to pack lunches that are outta of the sandwich bag!

  40. Those lunch cases are beautiful and the pasta is something my boys would love. I completely hear ya, my boys start to school tomorrow and I will try not to get too emotional the first day.

  41. The big kid floral!

  42. My little boy starts 6th grade tomorrow and. I am sure he woild liker the big kid green skulls lunch bag. Love your blog ang great food ideas.

  43. I love the little kids owl bag

  44. I love the green skulls!

  45. Great lunch ideas! My boys love taking their lunch and I will sure be using some of these ideas!

  46. Love these lunch ideas. Great post! I love them all, but my son loves the puppy dog one.

  47. I like the big boy kid, or adult floral.

  48. My son would love the skulls!

  49. Love the adult floral…PLEASE!

  50. Definitely Adult Floral!

  51. These are great, my toddler will have to bring lunch for the first time to Pre-K next month, and since she doesn’t east sandwiches I may buy a bento box. Cute ideas!

  52. Adult floral so cute

  53. Love the Adult Floral!

  54. Cute bags! Great ideas. Adult floral is a perfect partner to my girl’s navy chevron backpack.

  55. I love the little dog one.

  56. The adult floral would be perfect! I’m going back to finish mt degree and I will need to pack lunch 4 days a week.

  57. Little boy dog.

  58. It’s a toss up between the little owl & dog ones. My boys would love either! So cute!

  59. I would love to win the adult floral

  60. I would love the owl. Too cute and what a great GIVEAWAY!!

  61. I like the adult floral.

  62. the adult foral

  63. I love the adult foral and the kids dog.

  64. The adult floral would be wonderful. Would be so stylish during lunch hour.

  65. I like the Big Kid Girl style.

  66. adult floral, please.

  67. the dog is cute

  68. My son would love the Liitle Kid Dog!!

  69. Although the Adult Floral is …for adults… and I love it, in second and third come Girls Floral and I would also consider the cute Little Kid Owl. What a great idea, and so wonderful to encourage healthy lunches!!

  70. I like the Big Kid Boy (Green Skulls)!

  71. the adult flower is so cute. but i have to admit the owl would be cool too

  72. I love the Adult Floral one!

  73. I’d prefer the adult floral.

  74. These are so creative. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  75. I’d have to go with the Big Kid Boy with the Skulls!

  76. This post makes me want to go back to school:)

  77. They’re all great, but the floral ones are my faves. Love the lunch ideas… and that square bento box rocks!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Would love to win the adult flower bag.

  79. They are all so adorable, I love the floral and the owl

  80. I would love the adult floral.

    I do have a question regarding the pasta salads, won’t it spoil since schools don’t have refrigerators where kids can put their lunch? Great lunch ideas! I could use some of these myself. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. So cute! Love the owl and the doggie!

  82. the adult floral – what great ideas for lunch (kids or adults!)

  83. Love the adult flower!

  84. NY Big Apples Buddies Astro Owl

  85. I love the owl one! Very cute and good lunch ideas for adults as well :)

  86. They look adorable! Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. I like the little owl lunch box!

  88. I love the big kid girl set. I’m always looking for new lunch ideas- this post is great!

  89. As a teacher who has to bring her own lunch to work, I’d love one of those sets!!

  90. Love the flower tote and the square bento boxes! Which brand are the square ones?

  91. So cute! I love the owl one.

  92. Love these bags with the matching little bags for snacks inside.

  93. The Little Kid Owl tote is adorable!!! Thanks for the chance!

  94. I like the Big Kid Boy and Girl.


  95. I like the adult floral

  96. Such fun ideas, I want those fruit kebabs for my snack! ;)

  97. I like the adult floral

  98. Love the big kid girl!

  99. I don’t even have kids of school age anymore, but I love your lunch ideas and will be using them to make my own lunches, more tasty, fun and healthy. It would be a treat to carry it to work in the Adult Floral Tote

  100. Love the pickle roll up idea!

  101. Love the big kid girl! And great inspiration for lunches, thanks!!

  102. These are so great! I have 5 kids so this set is the perfect size for our family.

  103. Love the little girl owl

  104. Great ideas! I love them all, but since i don’t have kids, I’ll go with the adult floral lunch sack.

  105. Love your ideas and the fonts I am typing with :) Thanks for encouraging moms to help their kids make healthy choices … they will last a lifetime! <3

  106. Love the lunchmeat-wrapped pickle idea! All these sound yummy!

  107. Hoping to win the adult flower tote. We have one built lunch tote already, but daughter #2 could use one as well. Thanks for the great lunch ideas – I’m going shopping tomorrow to pick up some of the ingredients!

  108. Such great lunch ideas and totes! I especially love the owl!. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  109. Yes!!! I can agree on all levels. Right now some days I just want to drop them off at school even though it’s still closed lol…but I know when they go in a few weeks it’ll be sad. Great giveaway and thanks!

  110. always need good ideas for lunch–even for the grownups! love the floral lunchbox

  111. Lots of great ideas! I would love to get the Adult floral. I take my lunch everyday and that would make me happy! :)

  112. Love the big boy skull lunch box

  113. WOW so many great lunch ideas Sommer :)

  114. I think what I’ve learned most from this post is that lunch boxes are a million times more fancy now than when I was a kid.

  115. Fun ideas Sommer – hope you had a nice summer. Back to school is bittersweet – totally agree.

  116. Love these cute lunch boxes. So cute and colorful. I especially love the sandwich sack. <3

  117. I like the owl lunch box. Thanks for the chance!

  118. Cute lunch boxes and I love all the lunch box ideas. We have one week left of summer vacation.

  119. The adult floral. They are all so cute. Great ideas for lunches. Thanks for sharing.