Can you believe it is time to start packing school lunches again? I got a head start by sitting down with my kids and making a weekly meal plan for kids school lunch ideas. Not only did the kids help me plan their school lunch menu, they went grocery shopping with me at Smith’s. They helped me find everything on our list and more.
It’s a good idea to teach kids how to make healthy choices at the grocery store. My kids get more excited about eating fruits, vegetables and anything else they pick out for themselves. The Horizon Organic milk boxes are a real treat for my kids to take to school. They also like to snack on the Horizon Organic graham crackers.
As you know, school mornings can be busy. Hectic is another good word for it at my house! One way I save time in the mornings is to wash and prep fresh fruits and vegetables ahead of time. Sometimes I even do an entire week’s worth of fruits and veggies at once. It’s nice to have one less thing to do to get ready for school.
The school lunch ideas we came up with are made with the fruits, vegetables and foods my kids like to eat. Even my picky eater approves of everything on this lunch menu!
A Week’s Worth of School Lunch Ideas for Kids:
School Lunch Ideas: Build a Hawaiian Pizza
- Pita bread, cut into triangles (can substitute flat bread or bagel halves)
- Pizza Sauce
- Diced Pineapple
- Canadian Bacon or Sliced Deli Ham
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Kids can build their own pizza slices by putting the sauce, pineapple and ham on top of the bread. My youngest son is a dipper. Instead of building a pizza, he simply dips everything into the pizza sauce. Either way is just fine! *Make sure the pizza sauce is packed in a separate, leakproof container.
School Lunch Ideas: Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups
- Sliced Deli Turkey
- Cheese Stick
Lay a slice of cheese on top of a slice of deli turkey and roll it up. Serve with: Pretzels, Baby Dill Pickles, and Grapes
All of my kids love yogurt. It’s one thing I know they are sure to eat. Add-ins like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and bite-size Horizon Organic graham crackers turn it into a lunchbox favorite!
School Lunch Ideas: Berry Yogurt Parfait
- Vanilla Yogurt
- Horizon Organic Graham Crackers
- Sliced Strawberries
Pack all ingredients separately. Kids can make a parfait by stirring in the berries and graham crackers. *Make sure to pack yogurt in a separate leakproof container. Don’t forget to send a spoon!
School Lunch Ideas: BBQ Chicken Dippers
- Grilled Chicken Breast, Diced
- BBQ Sauce
Skewer diced chicken pieces on toothpicks. Kids can dip the chicken into BBQ sauce. Serve with: Orange Slices, Celery Sticks and Baby Carrots.
School Lunch Ideas: Hummus Dippers
- Pita Bread (cut into strips)
- Celery Sticks
- Baby Carrots
Kids can dip the pita bread and their favorite sliced veggies into hummus. The single serving sized Simple Truth Organic Hummus is convenient to pack in lunchboxes.
What’s on your school lunch menu this week? Let us know which one of these kids school lunch ideas is your favorite.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
These are tasty and nutritious ideas. The silicone cupcake liners are GENIUS! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂
Life With Lorelai
Thanks, Lorelai! The silicone liners are one of my favorite lunchbox hacks. 🙂
Emily @DomesticDeadline.com says
Great ideas. My kids start school again this week, thankfully, they all pack their own lunches, but, I do prep a lot of things so they have quick and healthy options. #HomeMattersParty
Mary Brice says
Healthy and testy ideas! I absolutely loved all the Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups. kids are more hungry in school than in home.
I love the little containers you have. Can I ask where you got them or what are your favorite little go to containers that are leak proof?
Hi Lacey, These are the Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers. I LOVE them. I have had the same set for a few years now and use them all the time and have never had any issues with them. They should be pretty easy to find at major retailers like Target, Amazon, etc. Thank you for stopping by! –Nicole at Mom Always Finds Out