School is almost back in session, which means lots of moms and dads are packing lunches.  A mom asked: “I wanted to get ideas from other parents of what are the different things they put in there kids lunch bag. I put lunchables, turkey sandwich, as the main items along with chips, juice and a fruit item. What are other things parents put in lunches besides that?”

Visiting big brother for lunch, 2nd grade

Lots of responses!  Here are some of the ideas the moms shared:

  • carrots
  • applesauce
  • pretzels
  • dinner leftovers
  • cheese stick
  • non-sugar fruit cup
  • turkey sandwich
  • peanut with jelly, banana, marshmallow fluff or nutella
  • cheese roll up
  • spaghetti O’s
  • raviolis
  • slim Jim’s
  • Gogurt (if you freeze them, usually they are thawed out by lunch)
  • granola bars
  • ham & cheese wraps (tortilla shells)
  • crackers, cheese (we make our own lunchables)
  • uncrustables
  • frozen grapes
  • apple slices and peanut butter / yogurt dip
  • English muffins with cheese
  • spaghetti sauce & pepperoni (lunchable)
  • turkey pepperoni
  • hummus and carrots
  • chicken nuggets
  • rice cake snacks (instead of chips)
  • pasta
  • Laughing cow wedges
  • carrots, broccoli, and/or cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing
  • different fruits (sometimes dipped in strawberry cream cheese)
  • cereal bars
  • veggie straws and veggie chips
  • red, yellow, and orange bell peppers cut up like french fries
  • grape tomatoes
  • Roll anything up in a tortilla. Leftover taco meat, cheese, black beans, even PB&J in a tortilla.
  • organic popcorn
  • baked chips
  • Pot stickers,
  • tofu
  • rice
  • English muffin pizza
  • cheese sticks wrapped in deli meat
  • teriyaki
  • veggie kabobs
  • fruit kabobs
  • aidell’s chicken meatballs
  • edamame
  • 100% juice fruit snacks
  • Wraps! My kids love the little pickles so I put them in the middle with turkey and roll it up!
  • chicken salad on crackers
  • bagels and cream cheese
  • peanut butter in tortilla rolls
  • cottage cheese and peaches
  • soup in a thermos
  • mac and cheese
  • chopped hot dogs with ketchup
  • french toast with peanut butter
  • corn bread muffins
  • banana muffins
  • apples and honey
  • chips and salsa
  • peanut butter and honey sandwiches with slices of bananas
  • I saw someone put peanut butter on a hotdog but use the banana as the ” hotdog” and a squirt if jelly as “ketchup”

And some other tips….

  • I discovered something that my 4 year old loves….she will eat anything on a toothpick, I found little plastic sword toothpicks and put a cheese cube, rolled up ham, and celery on it. She thought it was the best thing and mowed it down. I switch it up and put cut up string cheese, tomato, and pepperoni on it too. She isn’t a big sandwich fan, but loves that!
  • Those Pack-It lunchboxes that the advertise on tv? They WORK. Pop them in the freezer and keep them there overnight, and in the morning they’re cold and stay that way. My older son was laughing about his sandwiches being cold at lunchtime.
  • Pinterest has great ideas for lunch. I’ve found some good links for sandwich-free lunches.
  • emeals.com has a new lunch plan! Looks like great options! My kids have loved it so far but it is not for the picky eaters! Check it out!
  • Great ideas on the 100 Day of Real Food blog – School Lunch Roundup post