Back-To-School Lunch Ideas

August 4, 2018 — Leave a Comment

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

This post has been sponsored by Danimals, Glad, Hidden Valley Ranch, Horizon Organic, Kleenex, and NABISCO. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Can you believe it’s already back-to-school time?! I’m always a little sad to see summer come to an end because I love having an easy schedule filled with fun activities (not to mention sleeping in!), but at the same time I always feel ready to get back to our regular school year routine.

As we get ready for a new school year, we are stocking up on school supplies, getting haircuts, and buying new long pants and shoes that don’t have the toes worn out. And best of all, we are filling our fridge and pantry with our favorite school lunch staples in the grocery section of Target. We all love shopping at Target because we can get everything on our list in one place.

School lunch favorites, a free lunch packing list you can download and print, and two yummy lunch "recipes"

For school lunches this year, we’re stocking up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing to dip the veggies in, sandwich makings and other main dish items. We’re getting all our favorite NABISCO snacks, like NUTTER BUTTER Bites, Mini CHIPS AHOY! Cookies, OREO Mini Cookies, TEDDY GRAHAMS Snacks, BARNUM’S Animals Crackers, and Mini NILLA Wafers. (Picking up the NABISCO Multipacks makes this so easy!) We’re buying drinks like Danimals Smoothies (my kids’ all-time favorite!) and Horizon Organic Single Serve Milk Boxes. We’ve got a brand new box of Glad MatchWare Food Storage Containers; the 3 1/8 cup size is perfect for holding sandwiches, and the 2 cup size is great for all those fruits and veggies. And I’m really excited about these new, individually wrapped Kleenex Wet Wipes I picked up at Target. They’re soft and gentle, so they’re perfect for cleaning little hands and faces. I’m going to put one in each lunch and also keep a little stash of them in the car and in my purse. I also drop small icepacks in the lunchboxes to keep the food cold!

I created a cute printable lunch packing list to help my kids and I decide on what to pack for lunch each day, and I’m sharing it with you! I love getting my kids’ input on what’s going in their lunches, and when they get to have a say in what they’re eating, they do a much better job of finishing their lunch. At the same time, I want to make sure they’re making good choices and eating a balance of foods. This printable helps with that. They can see the different categories and how many items they get to choose from each. CLICK HERE to see the free lunch packing list, then download and print!

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

In addition to the free printable, I wanted to share a couple of yummy lunch “recipes” with you that my kids really like, featuring some of our school lunch favorites.

RECIPE #1:
1/4 cup chicken salad (or tuna, if your kids are cool with that)
11 Wheat Thins Big Crackers
6 carrot sticks
1 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 bag of Mini NILLA Wafers
1 Horizon Organic Single Serving Milk Box
1 Kleenex Wet Wipe, Gentle Clean
a little note from Mom and some cute stickers

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

RECIPE #2: 
2 Turkey Club Sliders (slider buns, 2 oz sliced turkey, 1 piece turkey bacon, 2 tomato slices, and a little mayo)
6 celery sticks
1 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1 clementine
1 Danimals Strawberry Smoothie
1 bag of OREO Mini Cookies
1 Kleenex Wet Wipe, Germ Removal
an encouraging note from Mom and some fun stickers

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

Download and print this free lunch packing list to help with back-to-school season! Also get two of my kids' favorite lunch "recipes."

I even made a cute video showcasing these lunch box recipes. Check it out!

Ready to stock up on lunch items for your kids just in time for back-to-school season? Head to Target to get all your lunch favorites in one easy place. Then download and print out your own lunch packing list, and you’ll be all ready for school to start!

School lunch favorites, a free lunch packing list you can download and print, and two yummy lunch "recipes"