Do you struggle to find lunchbox food ideas? My kids refuse to eat sandwiches, which makes packing lunches hard. We have some great lunchbox food ideas!
Lunchbox Food Ideas for Kids
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Do you struggle packing your kid’s lunchboxes? I know I do! My kids have a laundry list of things they will not eat at school and sandwiches are at the top of the list! They always say by the time lunch rolls around they are soggy and not edible! So with that being said, we have some great out of the box lunchbox food ideas to fill your kid’s lunches with this school year!
What Should You Include in their Lunchbox?
Each lunch should include, a main course, a fruit or veggie, a snack, a drink, and of course a TREAT! This allows for a balanced meal for them. High protein foods are a great option for lunches because they fuel your child’s body longer!
So what are some main course Ideas that don’t include a Sandwich? Read on! Because we have you covered this back to school season!
Main Course Ideas for Lunchboxes
Food on A Stick
My kids love to eat anything off a stick! So food on a stick is always a great option for lunches! Try:
Pizza on a stick– Pepperoni, cheese sticks cut up
PB and J- pieces of peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut up with fruit in between
Turkey club- Grab a piece of bread at the end. Turkey bundled up, cherry tomato, lettuce, cheese chunks
BLT– Chunks of bacon, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes
Chicken Club- hard boiled eggs, pieces of chicken, cherry tomatoes
The great thing about quesadillas is that they don’t need to be reheated!
Cheese Quesadilla- You can always make the classic quesadilla!
Pizza Quesadilla- Grab a tortilla, add some pizza sauce. Next, throw some cheese and pepperoni inside. And Voila! You are done!
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla- Grab your tortilla, spread BBQ sauce on the inside of it. Spread cheese and chunks of chicken. If your kids like black beans and corn, add it as well for more protein!~
Steak Quesadilla- The night after we have steak we always make steak quesadillas! Throw in the cheese with slices of steak. By doing this you will be certain your kids will be happy at lunchtime!
Roll-ups are great lunchbox food ideas. They are a great alternative to making a sandwich. You can literally roll anything up! We do pizza roll-ups, turkey with ranch roll-ups. We have even done Peanut Butter and jelly or honey, depending on who’s eating it! Whip up some tuna and do a tuna roll up! The possibilities are endless when you are rolling things up!
Other Great Ideas
Make your own Lunchables!
How do you do this? Grab a container throw crackers in one section, meat in another and slices of cheese.
Pita and Hummus.
Include pita bread with hummus. Maybe even some crackers. Toss in some veggies for dipping and your kids will be getting plenty of protein with this meal!
With these lunchbox food ideas, your kids will definitely be eating their lunch rather than feeding the garage can like my kids normally do. Please tell me it’s not only my kids?
Some other Tips and Tricks Before You Start Packing!
- Pack Foods that you know your kids will eat. I know as parents we want our kids to eat healthily. But we need to be realistic. If our kids don’t eat apples at home, do we really expect them to eat them when we aren’t there? Pack foods you know they will eat and not just leave behind or throw away!
- Pre-packaged Foods. With small children try to avoid pre-packed food. I am not on a soapbox saying it is bad, because trust me my kids eat a lot of this type of food. But what I am saying is, little kids have a hard time opening them. Buy containers that you can separate their food in. This makes it easier for them at lunchtime. They will no longer be waiting for someone to open food for them.
- Let Each Child Pick a Lunch Box/ bag. Each year my kids pick out a lunch box or bag at the beginning of the year. They are responsible for it. They need to put it on the counter every night if they would like lunch. This makes it easy for me in the morning. Rather than hunting down lunch boxes, I can spend some time getting a few things done before life gets hectic in the morning.
- Involve Your Kids. When you are meal planning for the week be sure to see what they want to eat. Pack things they want if it is doable. You know if they choose it they will eat it!
There you have it! Fun and Easy Fun and Easy Lunchbox food ideas perfect for kids!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!