Easy Lunch Box Ideas: Back to School

Easy Lunch Box Ideas for Back to School

It’s only the second {full} week of school for us and I’m already struggling to think of fun and healthy lunch box ideas.  And truth be told, many days I’d sacrifice either the “fun” and maybe even a “healthy” lunch as long as it’s something Doodle would actually eat.  But if I can pack a lunch that encompasses all three of these things, then I’m really in business.

I have a tendency to pack the same items every single day.  And Doodle isn’t much help unless he’s presented with a list of options.  So, I put one together for both of us.  And maybe you, too?  Just choose one from the main course category, two from the fruits and veggie category, one snack or treat, and a drink.  Easy!

How to Pack a Lunch Box in Four Steps

{If you want to print this list, right click on the image above and then click save. Then just open it in a program like Word and print.}

Doodle has been obsessed with these little milk containers from Horizon Organic.  I spotted them the other day at my grocery store, and they come in 2%, vanilla, chocolate, and Doodle’s favorite: strawberry.  He’s been like a machine chugging these down.


If you’re packing perishables, make sure to include an ice pack. I also love to tuck in little notes – you can find some great ones here.  And if you’re still looking for a few other ideas, here are some of our favorites:

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!
Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!
Funfetti Granola Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip

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This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.




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