50 Packable School Lunch Ideas

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Don’t sweat school lunch! Get fresh ideas from our huge list of healthy, simple, and packable lunches.

Packing a school lunch: how hard can it be? Slap together a sandwich, add a piece of fruit and some baby carrots, and you’re done. Easy, right? At least in September, it’s that easy.

But a month or two into the school year, packing lunches starts to feel like a slog. The food starts to come back uneaten. Your kids are complaining about their umpteenth turkey sandwich on wheat. And most troubling of all, there’s no end in sight.

Don’t sweat it. And avoid the lunch-packing burnout with our huge list of packable school lunch ideas to keep you ticking all year long.

Before we get to the list, we’ve got two tips for packing lunches:

First, we recommend including a fruit and a veggie with every packed lunch. Consider rounding out the lunch ideas below with easy options like whole fruits, baby carrots, frozen edamame, or cherry tomatoes.

Second, try packing lunches the night before school. Trust us: you’ll be able to make quick use of dinner leftovers in the evening time. And you’ll free up precious time in the morning.

Now, to the lunches!

50 Packable School Lunch Ideas

  1. Cream cheese and deli meat pinwheels.
  2. Tomato soup in a thermos with grilled cheese
  3. Kid-friendly green salad topped with chopped eggs and/or deli meat
  4. Veggie-packed Pizza Rolls
  5. Muffins with a cheese stick
  6. Waffle sandwiches with cream cheese and raisins, or PB and Jschool lunch idea waffles and peanut butter jam
  7. “Finger Food” lunch: trail mix, cheese cubes, and raw veggies
  8. Egg salad sandwich
  9. Lemony Quinoa with Spinach, Feta, and Beans
  10. Bean and cheese burritos
  11. Tuna and crackers
  12. Homemade “Luncheables” with crackers, meat, cheese, a fruit, and veggie
  13. Quick pita pizza
  14. Egg and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat roll
  15. Pasta saladpasta salad lunch idea
  16. Peanut butter and jelly on leftover pancakes
  17. Egg cups
  18. Chicken nuggets
  19. Cold bean salad with vinaigrette and tortilla chips
  20. Pasta and meat sauce in a thermos
  21. Leftover Butternut Squash Soup in a thermos.
  22. Almond butter and honey sandwich
  23. Cheese quesadillas with guacamole
  24. Pizza kebabs pizza kebabs lunch idea
  25. Homemade “Uncrustables” 
  26. Ham and cheese inside leftover crepes
  27. Meatballs on toothpicks
  28. Cold sesame noodles and veggies
  29. Black bean and turkey salad
  30. Chicken salad wrap
  31. Veggie Lunch Wrapveggie wrap lunch idea
  32. Yogurt and granola
  33. Turkey, cheese, and spinach on a bagel
  34. Banana bread with a hard-boiled egg
  35. Quick Mac and Cheese in a thermos
  36. Pita filled with hummus and shredded cheese
  37. Rice cakes with nut or seed butter
  38. Spring rolls
  39. BLT
  40. A thermos of chili
  41. “Bistro Box” with fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers, and hummus
  42. Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  43. English muffin pizzas
  44. Lunchbox Taco Salad
  45. A thermos of Homemade Spaghettios
  46. Apple and cheddar grilled cheese
  47. Tuna salad in a whole wheat hot dog bun
  48. Brown rice balls
  49. Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches
  50. The easiest packed lunch of all: leftovers from dinnerveggies and hummus in pita lunchbox

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