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, a great place to shop for all things cooking.

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Disclosure: 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. Angieposted July 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm Reply

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

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  10. Kaliposted August 29, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

    Love the Owl bag.

  11. Julsposted August 29, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    Adult Floral suits me well. No kiddos in school!

  12. Kim McCallieposted August 29, 2013 at 6:39 am Reply

    I like Adult Floral.

  13. Justine McD.posted August 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

    My son would love the Big Kid Boy bag

  14. Cinellaposted August 28, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    The big kid girl!

  15. Brenda Nposted August 28, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

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

  16. Nikkiposted August 28, 2013 at 5:16 am Reply

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

  17. Laura Armeniposted August 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Adult floral!

  18. Julieposted August 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

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

  19. Carmenposted August 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Adult Floral

  20. Colette (Coco in the Kitchen)posted August 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm Reply

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

  21. cwposted August 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply

    The adult floral

  22. Sarah Jposted August 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    The adult floral. Love this giveaway

  23. TCposted August 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Big Kid Boy – I think it’s hilarious.

  24. Mary Adamsposted August 27, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply

    Love the owl and geometric!

  25. Terryposted August 27, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

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

  26. Sarahposted August 27, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    Little kid owl of course!!! ;-)

  27. Angieposted August 27, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    The big kid girl

  28. Kimposted August 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Little kid Dog!

  29. Mercedesposted August 26, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    Adult floral