Making lunches can be a beast. I’ve never liked doing it, even as a kid I would prefer to buy lunch than make it. Then when I started having school-age kids who had the option to buy or pack a lunch they preferred a homemade packed lunchbox WAY over eating at the school. So started our lunchbox adventures, much to my chagrin. If you feel anything like me, or even if you enjoy making lunches but maybe need a few ideas, here are 10 easy, healthy lunchbox ideas.
I’ve learned a few things here or there over the past 6 years of having kids attend school.
- #1is a quality lunchbox. (see below for what I’m talking about!)
- teach kids what food groups need to be included everyday and why AND
- have the kid make the lunch! or at least help.
- keep a couple of options in the pantry/fridge. When I meal plan I plan out a couple of things for their lunches. So they have options.
I’ve tried just about every type of lunchbox. I haven’t tried every lunchbox, but I’ve tried enough to know that Planetbox is my favorite. I’ve bought cheap plastic ones from the disposable isle, I’ve bought expensive plastic, I’ve tried silicone ones and I’ve bought Planetbox. It is a pricey lunchbox, but when your kid is going to school for the next 13 years, think of it as an investment. I’ve had mine for 5 years and it looks like it did on day one.
These are my favorite lunch boxes because:
- They’re sturdy! kids can drop them and they won’t break, warp, or crack.
- They slide right into the dishwasher next to my plates every evening.
- Their divided sections are perfectly sized. not too big, not too small.
- They come with 2 containers w/silicone lids for sauces and liquids.
- They come with a case that holds juice boxed, silverware, ice packets and has a handle without being bulky. All together, with everything it comes with it is nice and slim to fit in their backpack.
**I will say, if you go the plastic route, I do like the glad divided ones. they have different shapes now, since I posted this post, but you get the idea. they’re cheap but hold up well enough especially for their price**
If you caught our instastories series last week you saw some of our favorite lunchbox ideas my kids like. I decided I wanted to have a hard copy somewhere for us all to refer back to. My rules for my kids is they need to have: 1.protiien 2. dairy 3. carb 4. fruit or veggie if they have 3 out of the 4 of those they can pick whatever they want after that.
1. Grilled Chicken Nuggets (my kids LOVE these, my daughter often turns her’s into a salad)
2. Real Fruit Nutella Sandwich
3. Homemade Lunchable. Skipping the processed meat and cheese we used the real stuff.
4. Mini-Bagel Sandwich. They LOVE when I pick up these bagels. you can find them in the bread isle. and Trader Joes peanut butter filled pretzels :)
5. Buttered Noodles + Shredded Cheese on top. After I boil the noodles I toss in butter and garlic salt. in the morning we just add some cheese on top!
6. Homemade Uncrustable! I use the Pampered Chef Seal-n-Cut to make these. and I do usually add the crust in around them, haha they still like to eat the whole sandwich, but love the novelty of their own uncrustable.
7.Mini Pancakes! and the little containers to store their dipping sauce. Hard boiled egg for protein! and I’m loving these mini salt’s from Redmond’s Salt. They fit perfect in the lunches.
8. Cream cheese and Turkey Wrap
9. Classic Deli Turkey Sandwich with Olive, Cheese and Tomato Skewers. + popcorn instead of chips.
10. Taquitos! We love making homemade ones, and sometimes picking up taquitos from the frozen section of the store.