5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

It’s hard to get back in to the swing of things with work and school, after the holidays–and it’s even harder to return to healthy eating habits! These 5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas, and some fun tips and ideas to spic up your kiddo’s lunchbox will help ease the pain a little!

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

 

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

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Most of our Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas feature foods your kiddos enjoy, but here are some fun ideas to fill your own lunchbox or mason jar. We love this amazing Mason Jar lunch hack by Smart School House so much, that we are putting a new spin on it with a few of our own ideas!

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Healthy, Back to School Mason Jar Lunch Ideas

Shopping List:

Use your imagination and make fun combinations of your family’s favorites! I also love packing these summer outings to the beach, playground, picnics, and even road trips! 

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Healthy Kale Chips

Shopping List:

Instructions:

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next, wash and dry the kale completely.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Bake 10-15 minutes until edges are brown.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Sail Back to School with Pepper Boats!

Shopping List:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Chives
  • Parsley

Instructions:

  • Cut both peppers in half, and scoop out the insides.
  • Next, in a mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and chives.
  • Add cream cheese mixture to each side of the red pepper.
  • Then, add pimento cheese to the green pepper.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Lunch Box Ideas

I love Bento box containers they are such an easy way to make lunch fancy, and they also cut down on the waste generated from sandwich bags, foil, and saran wrap. and this Fit and Fresh container with the ice pack inside.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

This lunch box idea contains Burnt Macaroni’s Zucchini Cupcakes, string cheese, pepper boat (recipe above), pretzel goldfish, and strawberries/blackberries.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

This lunch box idea has a hard boiled egg, salami slices, apple sauce, broccoli, and Cheese Its.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

And this lunch box contains bologna and cheese, orange, kale chips (recipe above), blackberries, and an Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco gluten free bar.

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

How Can I Make My Kid’s Lunchbox Fun and Exciting?

My daughter loves when I incorporate fun printables, like knock knock jokes that she can share the kids at her lunch table, or printable lunchbox notes!

She also loves when I pack a theme lunch! In the winter months, around the holidays, I turn my daughter’s lunchbox into a winter wonderland, by using cookie cutters on her sandwich, and smaller cookie cutters on slices of fruit or veggies. Using a marker on the wrapper of her string cheese, I turn it into a snowman! I also love separating all of her little snacks and treats in her bento box with colorful silicone cupcake liners (the paper ones work, too!). 

Kids also love to help pack their own lunch! It’s a great way to teach them responsibility, while allowing them to have some (guided) control over what they will dine on the next day! 

Over the last couple of days of winter break, I get organized for school lunches, restocking the pantry and fridge. One of my favorite hacks, is using plastic bins labeled with a number, reflecting the quantity of the item my kiddo can add to her lunch (for example, (1) string cheese, or (2) veggies, etc.). I then fill them with prepped and sorted snack items, like string cheese, fruits and veggies that I wash and slice and then package in little containers, pretzels, and other snacks. This way, when my daughter helps to make her lunch (or when I go to make it), everything is ready to go and it cuts down on the time it takes! 

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Some of Our Favorite Kitchen Products

One of the best things about cooking is the excuse to try new kitchen gadgets! Here are some of our must-have cooking tools: 

5 Post-Holiday, Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Even More School Lunch Ideas

What’s your favorite way to add some fun to your kid’s lunchbox? Comment below!