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Pack a Back to School Lunch Box Your Kids Will Eat!

Updated on August 8, 2016

Let Your Child Pick Their Favorite Lunch Box!


Back to School Lunch Box Planning!

Back to School is right around the corner or already here! Are you looking for suggestion for packing the lunch box with foods your child will eat?

This article will give you some ideas for packing a meal that your child will love and eat, plus some healthier choices.

First make sure your child picks a lunch box with a thermos and an insulated section where you can put hot and cold foods, but let them pick the design that they like and are proud to carry to school.

Freezing juice or drink boxes will keep foods cold, they will thaw by lunchtime. Or, you can also invest in miniature cold packs that can be found in the sporting goods section of your local department store.

There are so many healthy and delicious options to choose for your child's lunch box! Make your child happy by planning their meals with foods they love! The lunch box will come home empty!

Pick Favorite Fruits!


Fruit Choices:

  • Bananas
  • Oranges, best to peel and section
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Melon
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarine

Choose whatever is in season; for smaller children cut fruits in bite size piece.

  • Fruit cups
  • Apple slices with peanut butter for dipping
  • Dried fruit or fruit chips

Choose Favorite Veggies! Let The Kids Help Prepare Veggies!


Vegetable Choices:

Veggie in finger food size:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Celery

For dipping add low-fat seasoned cream cheese, hummus or ranch dressing.

Fun And Healthy Lunch Box Back to School!

Make the Lunch Box Meal Fun!


Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads and Soups:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Sandwich wraps
  • Sliced meat rolled into a tube, some kids do not always want the bread, offer on the side.
  • Cheese quesadillas
  • Chicken, tuna or egg salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Hot soup, stew or chili

For unique sandwiches, get out the cookie cutter to cut the sandwich, a new one every day.

Extra Goodies:

  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • String cheese
  • Bean dip and baked tortilla chips
  • Healthier alternative to chip: veggie chips, bagel rounds, or baked tortilla crisps.
  • Trail Mix, you can buy ready made are make your own.
  • Mini muffins, buy or make your own.
  • Dress up low-fat yogurt by sending some stir-ins like granola, trail mix or unsalted chopped nuts.
  • Bag of pretzels, crackers or cereal
  • Graham crackers
  • Popcorn, popped


  • 100% Juice boxes
  • 1% milk
  • Vegetable juice
  • Water


  • Put a personal note, cartoon or a picture of family pet and remind them how much you love them.
  • Include your child on meal planning, if they do not like it they will not eat it.

Lunch Box or School Lunchroom?

Does your child take a lunch to school or eat at school lunchroom!

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© 2016 Margie Lynn

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    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile image

      Kyriaki Chatzi 9 months ago

      I firmly believe that a lunch box is a powerful tool for parents. They can use it to improve their kids' nutritional habits. However, most of them don't pay the proper attention (lack or time or knowledge) and end up packing all kinds of wrong foods in a lunch box. So, Margie, your Hub is totally spot on!

    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 9 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Thanks so much Kyriaki! Glad you stop in!

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