Submitted Date 08/13/2019

Once again, it's back to school time. Where did summer go? Seriously, I feel like the first of June was yesterday. 'Tis the season for the buying of new clothes and school supplies, attending "meet the teacher" nights and preparing to get back into the old routine. Another important question that arises is, "What am I going to pack for lunches?"


I'm probably dating myself here, but I didn't start buying my lunch at school until Jr high/high school. My parents owned a restaurant, so most days my lunches would comprise leftovers from the day before during my elementary school days. Still, it can be hard coming up with new ideas for lunch. You tire of packing the same old sandwiches, but you may not always have time to search for inspiration. As a foodie, I thought I would come up with a list of lunch and snack ideas I hope will inspire you.


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1. Banana & Peanut Butter Sandwiches- An oldie but goodie and chances are you will already have it on hand.


2. Stuffed Tomato-Does your child like to eat fresh tomatoes? Hollow one out and stuff it with tuna or chicken salad.


3. Lettuce Wraps-Run out of bread but have iceberg lettuce? Stuff iceberg lettuce leaves with tuna salad, chicken salad, or last night's taco meat.


4. Fluffer Nutter-Okay, so not the healthiest option but a favorite from my childhood. Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Yum This would be a lunch "treat" for getting a good grade on a test.


5. Chef salad- Use leftover meat and veggies in your fridge and pack your kid a salad with their favorite dressing.


6. Leftovers-This is a great way to clear out the fridge all throughout the week.


7. Chicken Tacos-Shred leftover chicken, mix with salsa and send with either flour or corn tortillas or tortilla chips.


8. Pasta Salad-Make a big bowl of your favorite to use throughout the week.


9. Breakfast-Make mini muffins or pancakes (with butter and syrup on the side), a piece of fruit, and a yogurt cup.


10. Taco Salad-Send last night's taco fixings in salad form.


11. Lebanon Bologna and Peanut Butter Sandwich-Being raised on the East Coast, one of my favorite deli meats is Lebanon Bologna. It's kind of sweet Bologna and looks nothing like Oscar Mayer Bologna in a pack. It's darker and has white flecks in it. Most people eat it with mustard or mayonnaise but my grandfather taught me to eat it with peanut butter.


12. Wraps-Make wraps with your child's favorite meat and cheeses.


13. Lunch Kabobs-Get kabob skewers and make kabobs with your child's favorite bread, meats, and cheeses.


14. Yogurt Parfait-Send a cup of yogurt, some cut-up fruit, and a crunchy topping like granola or Teddy Grahams.


15. Pizza-Your kids can still enjoy pizza at school. Send pita chips, pizza sauce n shredded cheese on the side, and their favorite toppings.


16. Homemade Lunchables-Send crackers, meat, cheese squares, some fruit (think grapes or berries), a juice or organic milk box and a treat (one cookie or a fun-size candy bar). These items will stretch farther than buying the boxed ones at the store.


17. Pizza Wraps-Spread pizza sauce on a tortilla and fill it with cheese and your child's favorite pizza toppings.


18. Peanut Butter Banana Bites- Cut up a banana and fill the slices with peanut butter and jelly.


19. Mini meatballs n sauce-Take a weekend and make mini meatballs with your favorite sauce (BBQ or spaghetti)


20. Vegetables n Dip-Send a variety of cut-up vegetables with different dips like ranch, peanut butter (pairs well with celery), French onion, etc.




1. Bugs on a Log-This is another childhood favorite of mine. Cut the ends of a celery stock and fill it with peanut butter and put raisins on top.


2. Apple Nachos-Core and slice apples then top with caramel and chocolate chips.


3. Apple Slice Sandwiches-Core an apple and slice it horizontally, making flat slices. Fill with peanut butter and granola.


4. Fruit Pizza-Use sugar cookie crust, top with a mix of cream cheese and marshmallow cream, and your favorite cut fruit.


5. Cereal Parfait-Layer your child's favorite cereal with their favorite yogurt.


6. Homemade Popsicles-Popsicles are great options for a healthy snack because you know what is in them.


7. Apples n' Caramel Dip-Buy or cut apple slices and dip in caramel. Classic.

8. Pizza Crackers-Top Ritz with pizza sauce and cheese and heat in the microwave a few seconds.


9. Apple Pie-Crush graham crackers and put them in the bottom of a tumbler glass, add apple pie filling and a dollop of whipped cream.


10. Strawberries n' Whipped Cream-Slice strawberries and let your kids have a bowl topped with whipped cream.


11. A glass of Ovaltine-Kids craving chocolate but you don't want to give them candy? Mix them up a glass of Ovaltine which is full of vitamins and minerals.


12. Mini Muffins-Bake mini muffins on the weekend to use for snacks in the afternoon.


13. Canned Fruit or Fruit Cups-Sometimes it's hard keeping fresh fruit on hand because it spoils so quickly. Instead, chill fruit from a can or fruit cups for your child. Make sure you buy in 100% juice for a healthier option.


14. Jello Jigglers- Who doesn't love finger jello? Enough said.


15. Cereal Dipped Strawberries-Dip strawberries in yogurt and roll them in your kids' favorite cereal.


16. Frozen Grapes-Freeze grapes in the freezer for a cold, sweet, yummy snack.


17. Smoothies-Keep all the ingredients on hand to whip up your kid's favorite smoothie.


18. Cheese Quesadilla-Fill a flour tortilla with cheese n salsa and bake in the oven for five minutes.


19. Cereal-Even as an adult, I will eat dry cereal as a snack.


20. Homemade Granola Bars-Make your own granola bars.


There are all kinds of ideas for lunches and snacks. I hope this post helps get your school year off to a great start.


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  • Barbi Green 2 years, 5 months ago

    Love your back to school lunch ideas! So many children enjoy the frozen grapes in their school lunches!

    • Carrie Lowrance 2 years, 5 months ago

      Thank you, Barbi. Frozen grapes are a favorite of mine too. :)