Wednesday, July 31, 2013

20 Creative & Mostly Healthy School Lunch Ideas

I cannot believe that school will be starting in just a few weeks here.  I'm definitely not ready for the summer to be over.  I've so enjoyed the relaxed schedule, days at the pool and time with family and friends.  But the school year is going to start whether I want it to or not, so I've been thinking about ideas for fun lunches that I can send with my daughter.

Last year she opened her princess box to find a PB sandwich, a juice box, fruit snacks, and a yogurt...everyday.  She was sweet and didn't complain about it, but this time around, I'm determined to mix things up a little and allow her to try some new, healthy foods that look fun and appealing.  Pinterest is so inspiring.

 I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you keep your kids excited about eating lunch while they're at school.  It's definitely an everyday battle at our house.  My daughter is super picky and it takes a lot to get her to eat her whole lunch-especially when I'm not around to encourage her.  But I think there's quite a few things here that she'd be willing to try-especially when presented in a creative, colorful layout.

I'd never heard of a Bento box before, but apparently it's a compartmentalized container that allows for separating food items.  You'll see quite a few of them below.

 These Chicken Salad Crackers from Wendelonia looks enticing.

 I love the cookie cutter cheese butterflies in this Cream Cheese and Ham Pinwheels lunch
from Following in my Shoes

Why not save money and make your own simple Lunchable like this idea
from Another Lunch 

 Apples and Peanut Butter are always good.  This idea comes from Keeley McGuire.

 What a cute PB&J Goldfish Sandwich from Greenlite Bites

 What kid doesn't love pizza?  Enjoy it at school with these Pizza Muffins from Really from Pinterest

 Try this Cheese Quesadilla from Painting Sunny

Such a pretty Ribbon Salad by Keeley McGuire 

 I'm definitely going to try this one.  My daughter would love this
Dolphin Shape Cutter Sandwiches lunch from Lisa Storms.  The idea is so versatile too.  You really can create whatever shape you want with a sandwich and some inexpensive cookie cutters.

 Sticky Stacky Sandwiches from Super Healthy Kids.  Just be mindful that you will be sending pointy wooden sticks to school with your child.

I love this Submarine lunch from Lisa Storms 

 How creative is this portable taco lunch from Keeley McGuire?

 Such a simple, yet cute Train Cutter Sandwich by Wendolonia.

Here's another Tacos-on-the-Go lunch from Creative Pantry.  I like that the hamburger is stored in a thermos so it can keep warm.

Here's some easy Copycat Pizza Lunchables from My Epicurean Adventures

I heart this colorful array from gograhamgo.

How fun is this idea from

I can't get over how creative and easy this Dino lunch is from A Little Tipsy

Oh my goodness...almost too cute to eat.  Find this idea at

How about this Fiesta Lunch by

For a list of categorized food options, check out Our Three Peas.  And for tons more fabulous Bento ideas visit the Bento Blog Network.

I hope you've found lots of fun and healthy food options here to send with your child to school this year!  I know I've been inspired.


  1. Great collection. You should check out!

  2. Thank you so much for the shout out!

  3. What a great collection. Pinning this for when my boys need to take a lunch. I would love to invite you to share this at my Season’s Best {Back-to-School} Link-Up this month. Best wishes for a great start to the school year! Thanks!

  4. OMGosh I LOVE this round up!!
    On behalf of Lisa, Cindy & myself, thanks so much for sharing your links at our "Best Of The Weekend party"! I have pinned all to our party board and pinned this to another big board too.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Great round up! Always looking for ideas for a picky 20m old! Pinned!

  6. Great round up! I would love for you to link up to the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc. The party is open until Tuesday night.
    Thanks for the Inspiration!

  7. I love the lunchable & kabobs. Cute ideas! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #24!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  8. what a bunch of fun ideas! :) Michelle

  9. What a great lunch box idea round up! Thank you for linking up to Simple Supper Tuesday.

  10. These are great! With school starting next week for us this roundup helps me a lot! I would love for you to share this on our kids Linky

  11. Really like the separate containers. I hate it when my food touches each other!

  12. Thanks so much for linking up to the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week.
    Have a lovely evening!
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  13. I'm looking forward to my son starting Kindergarten this year .. just because of all the fun lunch ideas I keep finding! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Such cute ideas for school ideas! Thanks for linking up your post to The Weekend re-Treat on The Best Blog Recipes last weekend!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your post to my Link Party Recipes/Craft Boards.

    Hope to see you at the party that just started tonight :)


  15. The gang over at My Personal Accent think your roundup of Creative and Healthy School Lunch Ideas is fantastic!! We would like to invite you to party with us starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!!

  16. Great collection -- thank you for the mention. :)

  17. Hi Christine! Just saw this - thanks so much for including my Pizza Lunchables in your awesome round-up!

    Christine :)
    My Epicurean Adventures

    ps. i'm your newest GFC follower! :)

  18. Sometimes I feel like the world's most boring Mom when it comes to school lunches, I love these great ideas! They will be a great help when school starts up soon. This great collection will be featured @ Great Idea Thursday's! Thanks so much for linking up with me! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  19. Thanks so much for featuring my quesadilla lunch post :) I love all the other awesome ideas included too! I'll get to pinning those! xo, Dani @ Painting Sunny


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