Back-to-school Lunch Tips To Make Your Life Easier

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As the weather cools and summer winds down, we move on to the next phase, Back To School!

New clothes, backpacks, notebooks and pens are all ready to go, but, as we know, school lunches are a daily chore.


Here are some tips to make your lunchmaking easier!

  1. Don’t wait till the last minute. Use a whiteboard or planner and jot down ideas ahead of time for the week.
  2. Make school lunch shopping lists with your kids so you have what you need at hand.
  3. Make lunches the night before so you have one less worry in the morning.
  4. Get your kids involved. Give them healthy choices, for example, tuna sandwich or PB&J, hummus with pretzels or veggies. Let them plan with you.
  5. Don’t pack things you want your kids to eat; pack things you know they like.
  6. I like to add spontaneous surprises – organic gummy bears, a handwritten note, chocolate yogurt covered raisins. Something unexpected.

Here are some of our favorites: Cut up pita triangles with hummus, leftover mac and cheese or pasta salad, chicken quesadillas, turkey wrap with coleslaw, apple slices with almond butter, chips and salsa, watermelon wedges and berries, sliced cucumber and carrot sticks with ranch dressing.


This year, we are really into the new Yogurt Multipacks which I picked up this weekend at Walmart.








They are  superslim so they fit easily in the fridge and have a newly designed easy-open top which allows you to see how many of each flavor are left.

My kids and I both love the Harvest Peach and Strawberry flavors.  I love that you can get two flavors in each multipack. They also come in Strawberry/Orange, Strawberry/Banana, and Strawberry/Mixed Berry. They are perfect for school lunches!

Guess what?  I grab them for my own lunches too when I’m headed out the door! So smooth and delicious!
What are your favorite school lunch ideas?


  1. says

    My son gets school lunch every day, but I make my lunch the night before. I can’t even function if my lunch isn’t made the evening before I go to work

  2. rika says

    Excellent tips! My kids eat/drink yogurts everyday, we don’t usually pack them for school lunch but it’s a must-have snack for my kids on the road.

  3. says

    My packing lunches are for my guys going to work but I’m always packing snacks for road trips or even a day at the flea market. I like some healthier alternatives and not spending the money on expensive stuff.

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