Easy And Affordable Back To School Lunch Ideas

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As the beginning of the school year approaches, you are not only marking the calendar with events, locating backpacks, and implementing a bedtime routine, as you are also wondering what to pack for in your child’s lunchbox. In the past, you’ve tried packing dinner leftovers, simple sandwiches, or even every child’s favorite, cold pizza, but this school year, you are ready to elevate your lunchbox game. These simple and cost-effective lunchbox combinations will leave your child’s tummy feeling full, and each food item will fuel their brain to conquer the other half of the school day! Mix and match these ideas, including the main course, fruit or veggie, and specialty snack.

The Main Event

Whether your child is a meat lover, picky beyond words, or will eat anything you put in front of them, these main course ideas will lighten up their lunchbox.

  • Pita Bread and Hummus
  • Turkey and Cheese Roll-Up
  • Pasta Salad
  • Chips and Guacamole
  • Bagel and Cream Cheese
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Harb Boiled Eggs

Fruit and Vegetables, Everyday

When possible, to help your child grow big and strong, as well as boost their immune system, sneak in a helping of fruits and vegetables. You aren’t limited to boring raw veggies or grapes, so check out these nutrient-dense options.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Melon
  • Cucumbers
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Edamame
  • Snap Peas
  • Melon
  • Mangoes

Dessert or Special Snacks

Whether you want to treat your child to something sweet to complete their meal, or a snack to eat later in the day, ditch the chips and try these outside-of-the-box snacking options.

  • Yogurt
  • Trail Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Pudding Cup
  • Popcorn
  • Graham Crackers
  • Rice Crispie Treats
  • Pretzels
  • Salsa and Tortilla Chips

With this list, you can create a bunch of different lunch combinations, which means your child can open their lunchbox to a delicious surprise every day of the week.

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