Going back to school is a fun time of year, but it can also quickly become a crazy time of year. As you and your child(ren) get into the swing of a new schedule, mornings can often be overwhelming for everyone. Having some quick and easy school lunch ideas can keep your mornings smooth and simple so everyone gets off to school in a good mood!
We start our morning with a healthy breakfast. My son likes the comfort of eating the same thing each morning so we don’t vary breakfast too much. It’s usually applesauce, granola or oatmeal, and occasionally pancakes.
For lunches I want to make sure it’s something that will keep him full and energized, but I also really try to keep it simple, quick, and easy so that we can focus on getting dressed and starting our day off on the right food instead of rushing to get out the door.
First, I have found a few good lunch supplies really help to make packing up lunch easier. Here are some of our favorites.
- SoYoung Red Scooter Lunchbox – At $30 this lunch box is a little pricey. We got this on sale for 1/2 off at a local trade show, but after using it for over a year I would totally buy another for my younger son. It’s SO easy to clean, my favorite feature is the leak proof insulated insert that makes clean up a breeze and helps contain any spills that may happen.
- Goodbyn Hero Lunch Container – $12.99. I LOVE this container. It’s BPA free, easy to wash, and doesn’t leak.
- Sistema Split Container – $13.50 for 3. Also BPA free, my son picked these out. He loves that it keeps all his food separate and when he helps me pack his lunch he loves that he can pick a food for each side. 2 fit perfectly in our SoYoung lunch box.
- Cool It Slim Ice Packs – $7.99 for 4. These fit perfectly under our goodbyn or sistema containiers and together with the insulated liner of the SoYoung lunch box we are able to keep his food safe!
- Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened & Mini Snack Happens bags – Starting at $9.99. We love these on days when I might not have gotten our dishes done, or as an addition to the lunch box. The Snack Happens are perfect for a sandwich and the mini ones are the best for snacks. (I also use these in my diaper bags for our toddler snacks.)
- Wet Ones Singles – I love Wet Ones. We use them in our car, diaper bags, and at home. We made a special trip to Walmart just to pick up the singles so that I could put them in my son’s lunch box. I showed him how easy they are to open, and he uses them before and after lunch. Since they kill 99.9% of germs I am really hopeful we can skip some of the school germs that got us sick and stuck at home last school year.
Okay… Now on to those quick and easy school lunch ideas I promised in the beginning of my post!
- Ham hummus cheese “sushi” rolls, whole grain Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers, red & purple grapes. (My son asked for extra grapes to share with his friends…)
- Whole grain waffle “sandwich” (fresh strawberries and almond butter inside), original Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers, blueberries, strawberries, and babybel cheese circle.
- Ham Sandwich, string cheese, original & pretzel Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers, baby carrots, and grapes.
- DIY lunchable: ham & cheese slices, and cucumber slices instead of crackers, pasta, grapes.
- Ham & cheese sandwich, rice rolls, Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers mixed with trail mix, blueberries, and carrots.
- “Mom woke up late”: Almond butter & jelly sandwich, chobani, and cashew crunch from 180 snacks.
- Black beans & cheese quesadilla, jicama “chips”, mandarin oranges, and orignial Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers.
- Sunbutter & jelly sandwich, string cheese, blueberry/pomegranate nut snack, and strawberries.
- DIY lunchable: ham & cheese slices with crackers, and grapes
- Tortilla with olive hummus, ham slices, cheese slices, jicama chips, black olives, original Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers, and an apple juice. (Usually he has water with lunch, but he earned a reward for being a good helper and asked for apple juice.)
As you can see, lunches don’t have to be complicated to be fun. We have a variety of proteins included and stayed away from peanut butter without any issues. My son loves to eat the same things over an over, so even being this varied was a change for him, but he really enjoyed it. Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers are his favorite “snack” to add to lunches so we tried to vary the kind we used to keep it fun. Each lunch box was topped with a Wet Ones single!
Does your family have any favorite easy lunch ideas or must have lunch box supplies? Let me know in the comments!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . The opinions and text are all mine.
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