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Back to School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love

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I don’t know about you but my thoughts have definitely turned to the new school year and getting back to school. This year our school is taking care of the stationary lists (insert happy dance here) but I need to check Mr 7 still fits his uniform. We will need new school shoes for sure as they died a slow death in term 4 last year. But apart from that, all I really need to think about is back to school lunches.

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Back to School Lunch Ideas

How are you feeling about getting back to school and back to school lunchbox packing? I know some of us can feel really overwhelmed about school lunches, especially in those first weeks. Not only that, it’s a tiring time getting everyone back (or starting) a school routine. So why not ease into the school year and let me do the thinking for you with these delicious Back to School Lunch Ideas for your first week back to school?

Back to School Idea 1: pizza for the win!

Kick the week off with a fun lunch that will entice little ones to eat their lunches! This lunch is packed in our Little Lunch Box Co Bento Three – a well designed lunchbox that is generously sized and one of our favourites! You can get a 10% discount by using my code GOODIE.

In the lunchbox:

  • Savoury wholegrain cereal bites
  • Apple slices – to avoid browning soak apples in a salt water solution of a generous pinch of salt to one cup of water for 5 minutes. Rinse off and dry before packing.
  • Pizza Topped English Muffins
  • Vegetable Stix (use GOODIE for 10% off these great reusable skewers)
  • Mixed berries
  • Yogurt covered berry balls

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Back to School Lunch Idea 2: protein pack those lunchboxes!

This Yumbox Original is a great smaller sized lunchbox ideal for under 8s (if you are looking for a bigger option check out the Yumbox Tapas). This lunchbox has been packed with a lot of protein options (tuna dip, wraps and muffin) which is important to keep tummies fuller for longer.

Another tip for you is to use reusable silicone bags like this Stasher Bag in addition to the lunchbox to create some extra ‘room’. Use LUNCHBOX10 to receive a discount for the Yumboxes or Stasher bag.

In the lunchbox:

  • Tuna dip
  • Veggie sticks for dipping
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Corn chips for dipping (in the Stasher bag)
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Cream cheese, ham, lettuce and carrot wraps (grab more ideas for wrap fillings in this blog post)
  • Peach Ricotta and Vanilla Bean Muffin
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When it comes to lunch packing think protein to keep tummies fuller for longer!

Back to School Idea 3: pita pockets are great in the lunchbox!

Making lunches at the same time as you are making dinner helps save you time! For larger lunchboxes you can make smaller compartments by using silicone containers. The Little Lunch Box Co (remember to use my code GOODIE for 10% discount) has their own silicone cups which are perfect for their lunchboxes but you can get round silicone cups from Kmart or supermarkets.

In the lunchbox:

  • Pineapple and blueberries
  • Pretzels
  • Cucumber
  • Pita pocket with ham, salad and cheese
  • Low Sugar Gingerbread
  • Grapes

Back to School Idea 4: lunch box fun with sandwich sushi!

This is a deadset favourite in our house and so easy to make. Simple cut the crusts from two slices of bread, spread each slice with cream cheese or similar, add a small amount of lettuce, carrot and ham and roll up like a sushi roll and cut into bite sized portions.

In the lunchbox:

  • Crackers cheese and blueberries
  • Apple slices
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Strawberry Coconut Cookie
  • Sandwich sushi
  • Cucumber and cherry tomatoes

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✨C H O I C E vs C H O I C E✨ So yesterday I wrote about who decides what is packed in my kids’ lunchboxes – and that’s this gal! . However, that doesn’t mean my kids don’t get a say in the matter. . While I ultimately choose what goes in the lunchbox I do offer choices in a few different ways. Firstly, I ask the kids what we need from the supermarket, what they would like to get from the supermarket and we meal plan together. There are often requests for tacos, pizza and ice cream but they also ask for yogurt, cheese, blueberries, cucumbers, sweet potato and broccoli. . I also talk specifically about what we should get for school lunches and Mr 6 thinks about what he would like. Largely Mr 6 identifies foods I’m happy to pack. Last week it was a mango which I decided to get for him (even though it was $4! 😳) . Another way I offer choice is to offer a choice between two options. So I’d offer a choice between sandwiches or wraps with lettuce, carrot and cream cheese filling. Or I ask what vegetables should I pack in the lunchbox and let Mr 6 know what I have on offer. . This is helpful as I’m still ultimately providing options I’m comfortable with, and he is deciding what he wants to eat so he’s happy too. . I mentioned yesterday that I pack a variety of foods based around exposure and enjoyment in addition to the nutritional value of the food. These can be broken down in terms of things he loves ❤️, things he likes 👍🏼 and things he’s learning 👨🏼‍🎓. This is how this applies to the lunchbox: . ❤️L O V E • Sandwich Sushi • Sugar Free Strawberry Coconut Cookie (on the blog) • Apple • Cheese 👍🏼L I K E Cucumber • Tomato • Yogurt Covered Raisins 👨🏼‍🎓L E A R N • Crackers • Blueberries . #parentsprovidechildrendecide #schoollunchideas #goodiegoodielunchbox

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Back to School Idea 5: make lunch super cute with The Lunch Punch!

To finish off and celebrate their first week back why not pack a cute lunch for them? And who can resist these cute sandwich cutters from The Lunch Punch?! We love these lunch cutters which come in super fun designs, including this Mermaid sandwich cutter. This lunch is packed in our Yumbox Panino (use LUNCHBOX10 for a 10% discount on these versatile lunchboxes)

In the lunchbox:

  • Mermaid cheese sandwich on lettuce leaf
  • Melon and blueberry fruit on Stix (use GOODIE for 10% off these great reusable skewers)
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Fruit sticks and melon flowers
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Transform a simple sandwich into a work of art with The Lunch Punch.

The Puzzle Cutter is probably our favourite cutter and suitable for older kids too! If you wish to purchase these sandwich cutters use my discount code GOODIE for 10% off your purchase. This Bento Five lunchbox from Little Lunch Box Co is a versatile lunchbox that is great for kids who love variety in their lunches. You can use my code GOODIE to receive 10% off.

Lunch Packing Tips

Before you get packing your school lunches read these tips first!

  • Check your school guidelines around lunch packing with regard to prohibited food items and how many containers the school needs such packed in
  • Pack school lunches at home in the lead up to school to get an idea of how much they will eat and to ensure that they can open and close their lunchbox
  • Pack lunches the night before and prepare food in advance where you can.
  • Try and offer a mix of favourites and foods you know your kids will eat along exposing your kid to new food regularly
  • If food comes home uneaten, offer it for an after school snack or with dinner, sometimes kids are just too busy and overwhelmed to eat at school.

I hope these back to school lunch ideas have been helpful. Don’t forget to download your free planner for more ideas! Happy lunching!

Bernadette x

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