These easy lunch ideas for kids will provide inspiration for fun, quick and simple packed lunch options!
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It’s hard for me to believe that back to school season is just around the corner.
We’ve been making some great memories this summer — we’ve had some fabulous experiences with family and done a little traveling.
I’ve loved watching my boys spend time with our extended family out of state and enjoy some of the same things I did as a little girl at my family’s farm in the Midwest.
I relished time with cousins and my grandparents. I loved watching my boys interact with them. It was so precious for my heart.
Of course, there’s also been plenty of time spent in the kitchen, creating yummy treats together.
After all, food is a love language in our family.
I am trying to pause time before school starts because my oldest will be in kindergarten and I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that big first day just yet.
I’ve been soaking up every moment I possibly can with my little loves.
On the flip side, I’ve always loved back to school season.
As a former teacher, you can imagine I foster a huge love of learning and teaching.
I also love school supplies in a big sort of way.
There is something exciting about the start of that fresh school year: all the possibilities, all the things to do and learn, all the adventures to be had, the new friends to connect with.
And I can’t get enough of the smell of crisp, clean sheets of paper and freshly sharpened pencils.
This year, with Rowen being in full day school for the first time, I’m all about creating healthy lunch ideas for kids.
We’ve started experimenting with different healthy food lunch ideas to see what kind of things he’ll like in his lunchbox starting this fall.
Little brother Dax has been happy to help out in the creation and taste testing capacities. He’s an excellent side kick.
Before we started experimenting, I stocked up on Nice!® products, available at Walgreens.
I love our local Walgreens — they have everything I need in one convenient stop and they make it a snap to stock up for lunch and snack options as we prepare for back to school.
Their Nice!® products help keep our family on track for a balanced lifestyle by providing great taste that I can feel good about serving.
Now that you know where to stock up on family favorites, let’s talk about what to make for lunch for kids!
I think as moms, we can all agree we want to make lunches kids love — but that sometimes can be a tall order.
A good option I’ve found with my boys is that they are more likely to try — and then enjoy — new food ideas when they help me out in the kitchen.
An added bonus is the quality time we spend together while working side by side.
These easy lunch ideas for kids are the best way I’ve found to quickly pack a great cold lunch.
I’m a huge lover of sushi — it’s one of my favorite foods.
While eating dinner one night, I was inspired to try a fun roll up school lunch idea with Rowen to see what he thought.
It was a big hit!
Both my boys loved how easy it was to customize these “sushi” roll ups for their lunches.
I love how easy they are to make. I’m able to put them together in a snap. Perfect for a busy evening.
Ideas for Kids Lunches
You’ll need 8 ounces of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons powdered ranch dressing mix and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. This spread takes only a couple of minutes to mix up and yields 8 tablespoons, which is enough for 8 lunch “sushi” roll ups.
You’ll also need large slices of bread, lunch meat, cheese slices, carrots (shredded or long thin slices) and cucumber slices.
You can use any lunch meat and cheese your family likes and you could also try other veggies as well.
This easy lunch is versatile!
Lunch Box Ideas for Kids
Here’s how you create these roll ups:
In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, yogurt and ranch mix. Set aside.
Remove crust from bread and use a rolling pin to flatten out each slice.
Spread with ranch cream cheese. Layer with lunch meat and cheese.
At the end of the bread closest to you, place the carrots and cucumber.
Spread a little mix on the other end and roll the sandwich up and press to seal.
Cut each roll into quarters.
I packed these “sushi” roll ups alongside other favorites for my boys.
Veggie sticks, applesauce, pistachios and fruit snacks were the perfect sides to enjoy.
Cookies or chocolate covered pretzels made a tasty finale for their lunches.
As your family prepares for back to school, I hope you enjoy these lunch ideas for kids in whatever delicious combination you make them!
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