It’s that time again! Get those game faces on and start planning for the early AM struggles. But, that’s okay—because they’ll be out of your hair for a solid 8 hours. (Woohoo!) Lunch won’t be a problem with this awesome roundup that will have even the pickiest of eaters in check!
Back to school is not for the faint of heart, but this ultimate list of lunch box ideas will have you high-fiving yourself by 6:30AM that first Monday back!
ULTIMATE LUNCH BOX ROUNDUP
Whether you’re trying to feed your kid more veggies, or just trying to stop the insatiable whining about yet another “sandwich”….I’ve got just what the doctor ordered!
Lunch boxes never had it so good! Take your pick—they’ve all got something great to offer for getting you out of the lunchbox rut! With over 100+ lunch ideas, you’ll be locked & loaded when the big cheese rolls around the corner!
#1: Freezer Friendly Lunches
20 Best Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Items from www.kidgredients.com.au is a wonderful website with really fun recipes for the kiddos.
What I love about this list: If you are as obsessed with making use of your freezer as I am—OMG—this is the list for you! I will put anything in the freezer if it means saving me from making even a single meal. Seriously. And, this list has you covered. My favs are the Lunchbox Mini Pizzas
Plus, this funny blogger, Kylie, is definitely gonna have you coming back for more!
#2 Hot Lunch (Thermos Ideas)
25 Hot Lunch Ideas for Thermos Funtainers, from www.mamacheaps.com has you covered with 25 great hot lunch ideas.
What I love about this list: For the mom who’s kid is O-V-E-R sandwiches, this is the link for you! It’ll make you both happy:) Added bonus: the comments section contains a number of great tips and other lunch ideas!
#3: 31 Days of Great Ideas!
31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas from the $5 Dinner Mom at www.fivedollardinners.com, which is an amazing resource for all things meal planning on a budget.
What I love about this list: The combination of food choices! When I found this list, I felt like I was WAY over thinking lunch time (*forehead slap*).
#4: Nut Free Lunchbox Ideas
25+ Nut Free Lunchbox Ideas from www.produceforkids.com is probably my favorite on this list just because we have a peanut allergy in our house, and our elementary school is “nut free.”
What I love about this list: 100% has to be for the “Breakfast Wafflewhich Bento Box” and the “Wonton Taco Cups.” GENIUS! Hats off! These are making the cut!
#5: Non-Sandwich Ideas
20 Non Sandwich Lunch Ideas for Kids at www.onecrazymom.com
What I love about this list: Tortilla Hot Dog Wraps—YES! These are gonna be a make-ahead idea, but I’m into it! Also, the mini-Corn Dog Muffins are always a hit, so this was a great reminder! Another great idea was the lunchbox “Taco Bar” that has the taco meat in the thermos! Genius.
#6 Vegan Lunchbox Tricks
Healthy Vegan Back to School Lunchbox Ideas at www.neuroticmommy.com is a great starter list for the vegans in the group! For the rest of us, it’s a great list getting into the habit of packing those lunches with healthy food choices. It’s not always easy, but if you have a go-to list then it helps!
What I love about this list: Dairy free yogurt with fruit and a side of granola. Simple, easy & dairy free! This is a win for most kids, for sure. Also, the almond butter banana mini bagel sandwiches are a great break from the regular sandwich hum-drum.
#7: Get Creative with Lunch
Creative School Lunch Ideas from www.landeelu.com is probably my favorite list.
What I love about this list: In addition to the great recipes like Polka-Dot Pizza Dippers and the Apple & Cheese Quesadillas, she also gives a number of creative ways to use your lunch box containers. Love the use of the sandwich Tupperware container!
Lunchtime Has Met Its Match
Whether you’re trying to prep ahead and make use of that freezer, or if you’re trying to figure out what the heck you’re supposed to pack if you can’t use any nut butter….I hope this master list has you adding a few checks to that TO-DO list!
Good luck ladies! May morning zen be with you all!