Back to school means back to a normal routine. And that includes homework, afterschool activities, and packing healthy school lunches. Transform making lunch from a chore into an adventure that keeps kids’ taste buds happy and tummies full.
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Bento boxes are on trend for today’s healthy school lunches, mostly because you can keep the variety coming. With multiple compartments, you can make a complete meal out of lots of different foods. Mix up something from every food group: vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy.
Most of the time, lunch boxes aren’t refrigerated, but you can add an ice pack if needed. There are also lunch bags with a frozen component to keep food fresh. No need to worry about too-warm foods!
Need inspiration for what to put in those boxes? Read on!
- Hummus with pretzels, pita chips, or carrot sticks for dipping
- Lunch meat and cheese spread with cream cheese and rolled up
- Leftover chicken, steak, or beef, either cut up or added to a sandwich
- Cut up watermelon into fun shapes
- Yogurt with berries mixed in or on top
- Fruit salad with any fruits you have in the house
- Try colorful veggies, such as purple cauliflower or multicolored carrots
- Carrots, broccoli, and celery taste great with a ranch dip
- Vegetable soup in a Thermos will stay warm all day
- Cottage cheese or yogurt, alone or with added fruit
- Cheese sticks or cut-up cheese cubes
- Quesadillas taste just as good cold as they do warm
- Brown sticky rice or leftover fried rice—with chopsticks!
- Quinoa or couscous salad
- No-bake oatmeal energy bars
More Ideas for Healthy School Lunches
Still at a loss for what to put in those healthy school lunches? Here’s a huge list of ideas for you.