The Yumbox is a great lunch box and snack box we use for all 3 of my kids. They are sturdy, leakproof, and dishwasher safe.
If you want to send food to stay warm we recommend the Omiebox Bento Box.
For snacks we aim to include protein, fat and carbs! Check out this article for our full list of ideas. The items below are our favorite containers for on the go snacking and perfect to send to school!
This Vegetable Chopper is my absolute favorite! I use it to dice all of my vegetables! Especially for my egg bite recipe listed below.
In our house we don’t typically serve juice except for special occasions. Water is our main goal for hydration so we recommend sending a good reusable water bottle with your child everyday. Don’t forget to label it!
It doesn’t have to be complicated! Our lunches are relatively simple but they are nutritious, budget-friendly, and filling! We love to prep food on Sundays or take leftovers.
This is simple and a sure favorite.
Hummus for dipping
pretzels or pita chips or pita bread
Sliced apples or grapes
bell pepper slices
One of my personal favorites. We not only love this for dinner but it is often an item we prep for lunches.
Browned seasoned meat
Spanish-style rice or brown rice
Top with sliced avocado and cheese
Bring a tortilla if you prefer to make it into a burrito
Chicken Avocado Wrap
Wraps never go out of style. Honestly. Buy a special spread, add tomatoes or avocados and you’re good to go! We also love the almond flour wraps as a substitute. Pair with a hard-boiled egg and sliced veggies and your good to go!
Diced or shredded chicken (could also use sliced turkey)
Mustard / Mayo
Salt and pepper
The Egg bites are perfect for any meal in addition to snacking! I make a batch of these and seal them in a container to keep throughout the week! Simply reheat for approx 1 minute. Also yummy topped with salsa.
These are so simple! Dice 1-2 bell peppers, ½ onion, and spinach. Mix with ½ cup shredded cheese. Add mixture to a greased muffin pan. Pour whipped eggs over mix to ¾ full. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Greek yogurt with honey drizzled on top
Leftovers For All
To save time, incorporating leftovers into the boxes that are good hot or cold. Things like beans, grain blends, veggie strips (heat for dinner and cut extra for meals) could be prepared for dinner and used for the next days meal. If kids need dip or something to enhance veggies or fruits don’t be afraid to add in small portions.
Lunch Ideas for Kids
If your child attends school we recommend sending items ready to eat. Most school lunches are only 20 minutes (some even shorter) so if your child needs help peeling oranges or opening containers that is wasting precious time they need to eat!
You can pack items like quesadillas, grilled cheese, or even pancakes for lunch! You’d be surprised what tastes good even cold!
Pro Tip: To ensure they items like grilled cheese or waffles don’t get soggy let them cool 100% before you pack them!
Rolled or sliced lunch meat
other toppings (pineapple, pepperoni, olives, etc)
Waffles (cut into strips)
100% maple syrup for dipping (could also use yogurt or peanut butter)
Love Crunch chocolate granola
Good Ol’ PB&J
Peanut butter and Jelly on Dave’s Killer Bread
Veggie Straws or fresh veggies w/ guacamole or hummus
Quesadilla or Grilled Cheese
Quesadilla sliced into strips or Grilled Cheese
Sour Cream or ketchup for dipping
Simple Lunch Ideas For The Win
There you have it! I hope you find these simple lunch ideas easy and delicious! Remember packing lunch doesn’t need to be complicated! Make it simple and if nothing else you can never go wrong with a PB&J.
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!