Check out Back to School Lunch Box Ideas before you fret!

Back to School time of year is here. Yeah, I know you knew that, but seriously let that sink in for a few minutes. BACK TO SCHOOL IS HERE! (Yes, that was me screaming at you!) It is that time of year when all of us moms need to get our poop together and figure out what to feed these offsprings of ours. Whether you homeschool or send your kids to a school building the struggle is real! But, before you let the anxiety set in, hear me out a bit!

Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

This was my friend, Grace’s Green Eggs she made for her kids during Dr. Suess week. I wish I was so adventurous! 🙂 But, I am not!

We’ve been fairly lazy this Summer, but now it is time to get into a routine, whether we want to or not! But, unlike years’ past I want you to stick to this routine. I love all of the ideas everyone has on their blogs about packing school lunches, but let’s be realistic we don’t always stick to their plans, well because, ya know, they are too complicated. Who wants complicated? Not me!

So in celebration of going back-to-school we are going to have a link up party! All of these recipes and ideas I have tried myself and my kids love them. They aren’t packed with snacks and lunches that include your artistic expertise either, so don’t fret. Hey, if you make your kids food into animals I applaud you, I think you are awesome! But, I will go ahead and tell you that I am not awesome! I go for easy, fast and nutritious. So with that being said, let’s get started!

Getting Started

Let’s start with how to pack your kids’ lunches. Whether your child goes to school or stays home for homeschool, these containers are awesome. You can color code them for each child. Stick them in the fridge for your homeschooler’s next day of school or you can put these nifty little containers into a pretty little (or masculine little) insulated bag and send them on their merry little way to school. Either way, it’s a win-win.


Recipes

Let’s get this party started! We have the containers and bag to pack our lunches. Now let’s get started with the recipes. This post has been a go-to for a few years now in my household, so I have added quite a few this year. Enjoy!

Simple and Healthy Lunches (not diet specific)

Back to School Ultimate Meal Guide at Modern Parents Messy Kids

A Week Full of Simple Lunches at Simple as That

Freezer School Lunches at Pine Street Days

10 Recipes to Freeze School Lunches at 100 Days of Real Food

Lunchbox Idea List (with free printable) at Wendolonia

Blogs All About Lunches (yes they do exist)

The IPackLunch Blog

Momables

Back to School Lunch Box IdeasVegan/Vegetarian Lunches

40 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas at Peas and Thank You

Paleo Lunches

25 Back to School Lunch Ideas (and more here) at Deliciously Organic

Paleo School Lunches at Always Underfoot

Grain/Gluten/Nut/Etc. Free Lunches

Gluten/Dairy Free Packed Lunches at Rage Against the Minivan

8 Grain Free and Refined Sugar Free Lunches and tons more recipes at Healthy Happy Wife

5 Gluten and Nut Free Lunches (and another 5 here, and even more recipes here!) at Keeley McGuire

Amanda Middleton Gluten Free Faves at Amanda Middleton

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As you know, my family and I are gluten free and we have many reasons for going gluten free! Here is a short list of why we are gluten free. It helps eliminate the symptoms of: Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Miscarriage, Hormone Imbalance, Infertility, Adult Acne, Weight Gain, Auto Immune Disease, Bloating, Thyroid Disorder, Joint Pain, Constipation, Eczema, Iron Deficiency, Skin Issues, and Inflammation. Just to name a few! If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may want to consider becoming gluten free. It has helped my family and it can yours too. It has definitely been life changing for my family and it is easier and cheaper than you may think! I promise! Since it has helped my family and I so much , I have become passionate about helping other families become gluten free too. I take the pain and the guessing game out of becoming gluten free with my NEW Gluten Free 101 reference guide. It is easy to follow, is loaded with information and even mistakes I have made, so you do not have to make the same ones. You can eat your favorite foods, you do not have to give up on food and bread all together, I promise! Give it a try! Check it out for yourself! 

Back to School Lunch Box IdeasExtra Tips

DIY Lunchbox Ice Packs at My Kitchen Escapades

Teaching Kids to Pack their Own Lunches at Rage Against the Minivan

Back to School Organizing: Packing Lunches at IHeartOrganizing

5 Tips for Painless Lunch Packing at Live Simply By Annie

Some of these recipes and tips I have used for quite some time and they have yet to fail me. Give them a try! And with new items on the list this year you are for sure going to find exactly what you and your kids are looking for! Happy lunch making and packing! Let the games, I mean, the school year begin!

~xoxo

Mandi

What do you pack in your school lunches? What strategies do you use?

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