Back to school time means back to packing school lunches!
Whether you're about to pack your first-ever school lunch, or have been packing lunches for years, navigating food preferences or allergies, time constraints, and healthy eating can be a challenge… and a source of frustration.
It's time to simplify your lunchbox routine while developing an arsenal of healthy food choices your family will actually eat and enjoy! Here are 31 lunchbox recipes and tips for packing a nourishing lunch for school or work!
Say hello to a healthy, homemade convenience lunch! You can even teach your children how to pack this easy lunch all by themselves. Via NourishingJoy.com.
Make your own healthy, preservative-free lunch meat! This will simplify your lunch routine because you can make large batches and freeze until needed. Via TheNourishingGourmet.com.
Bento boxes have become increasingly popular for school lunches, and with good reason. Here are 5 gluten-free, sandwich-free lunch ideas to pack in your child's bento box! Via TheNourishingGourmet.com.
Easily pack up healthy lunches using leftovers. Presented in a different way, it will look like a whole new meal! Via KeeperoftheHome.org.
More fun, colorful ideas for making your own healthy version of this popular lunch. Via Don'tWastetheCrumbs.com.
A kid-friendly classic, with egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free variations. Via WholeNewMom.com.
These little bites are the perfect size for packing in a lunchbox! They also freeze well, so you can make them in advance. Via TheNourishingHome.com.
A healthy homemade version of the goldfish cracker! Made with just 3 ingredients! Via MyHumbleKitchen.com.
A versatile cracker and an excellent source of resistant starch — a wonderful friend to healthy gut flora! These make a wonderful addition to a bento or lunchable-style lunchbox. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
A good dip makes the difference between veggies eaten at school… and veggies that return home in the lunchbox! This creamy dip is free of eggs, nuts, dairy, and soy. Via WholeNewMom.com.
These AIP, Paleo, egg-free cookies with resistant starch and collagen aren't just for breakfast! They also make great easy-to-pack lunchbox treats. Via EatBeautiful.net.
Who needs granola bars when you can make these gluten-, nut-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free bars in just a few minutes? Only 6 ingredients, and they will store in the fridge for up to a week — if they last that long! Via Becomingness.com.au.
These nourishing treats are quickly whipped up in a blender or food processor. Store in the freezer and pop them into lunches as needed! Via TodayinDietzville.com.
No sugar, grains, gluten, dairy, or nuts in these flavorful no-bake cookie bites! They're a fun way to get more veggies in the lunchbox! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Chocolate, orange, and coconut are the predominant flavors in these yummy bliss balls! Nut-free and without any refined sugar, they are also the perfect size for a lunch-time treat. Via Becomingness.com.au.
An easy, healthy, homemade version of a classic kid-friendly snack! Via DontWastetheCrumbs.com.
Your kids will love the refreshing flavor of melon during the still-hot days of early fall. Plus, it's a fun way to pack fruit into the lunchbox! Via DeliciousObsessions.com.
Pudding cups are a favorite lunchbox treat. This healthy homemade version has only 5 ingredients! Via TodayinDietzville.com.
Take advantage of your bountiful zucchini harvest to make chips you can feel good about packing in your child's lunch. Via FreshBitesDaily.com.
A grain-free muffin that is also nut-free, making it safe for school lunches. Kids will love the chocolate banana flavor, and you will love that they are packed with protein thanks to collagen! Via RecipestoNourish.com.
Fruit leather is a popular school lunch item, and this version tastes like pumpkin pie! Via CommonSenseHome.com.
There's nothing but peaches and a little honey in these fruit leather roll-ups. A fun and easy-to-make lunchbox treat! Via BacktotheBookNutrition.com.
From dilly carrot sticks to water kefir to homemade string cheese, these easy ideas will help you pack a variety of nutritious fermented foods in your child's lunchbox — without adding lots of prep time! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Lunchbox Packing Tips
Whether packing for picky eaters, your spouse, or yourself, these 10 tips will help you to pack delicious and stress-free lunches all week long! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Stuck for ideas? Need some tips for choosing the best lunchbox or containers? Want to know how to get the kids involved or to create a lunchbox menu plan? This post has you covered! 2-week menu plan included to help you get started! Via WellnessMama.com.
Do you need to make your lunches gluten-free? Here are lots of ideas for thinking beyond the sandwich, as well as tips for keeping lunches gluten-free while complying with nut-free policies. Via KitchenStewardship.com.
Whether you are trying to cut down on plastic, or are just looking for alternative ideas for keeping food fresh, you can easily make your own reusable food wrap and you can even turn your wrap into homemade snack bags! Via Mommypotamus.com.
Picky eater? No problem! These tips will help you get your picky eater to eat their healthy packed lunch. Via KeeperoftheHome.org.
Are you ready to pack school/work lunches? What new recipes or routines are you hoping to incorporate this year?
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