Packing your kids’ lunches may be one of the most stressful tasks a parent has to undergo each school day. And we can’t even begin to tell you how it is to pack school lunch for a picky eater. Let’s just say it’s like solving a math problem– you’ll run out of brain cells racking up ideas!
Well, that’s why we’re here! Once you get the hang of it, packing school lunches for your kiddos will be a breeze, especially if you keep things in perspective and super simple! Kids tend to lean towards simpler meals anyway, and what could be much simpler than a NO-COOK school lunch?
Here are 9 No-Cook School Lunch Ideas to Prepare for Your Kids.
Cheese and Crackers
Create a “cheese platter” for your kid’s school lunch! Combine whole grain crackers, pepperoni, and cheese with mango and snap peas (or a fruit and veggie of your choice), and you’ve got yourself an easy alternative for a sandwich that you can pack in minutes– and a lunch idea that your kiddo will love!
Cut up that bagel in half and spread some cream cheese and jam, turkey and cheese, hummus and lettuce, or any spread that your kiddo loves for a fun take on a sandwich! You can also add some veggie or fruit sides to finish.
Ready-made tortillas are easy to prepare. All you need to do is heat it up, fill it with sunflower seed butter and jam, bean dip, hummus, or turkey and cheese, and fold it over and cut it into triangles for easy school lunch. You can pack some sides like yogurt tubes, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper to keep them full the rest of the day!
Yogurt and Granola
Who said that you can’t eat breakfast food for lunch? Get that yogurt, granola, and easy side of fruit, and pack it for your kiddo’s school lunch. Be sure to use a thermos-lunch box if you have it to keep the yogurt cool.
There’s no beef in packing a sandwich for easy school lunch. Use sunflower seed butter and jam, or try Granola Butter for your spread, which is also nut-free and super delicious. Pair your sandwich with a fruit, veggie, and a portion of fun food like cheese cracker sandwiches, and you’re good to go!
Preparing a fun snack box can be a go-to school lunch when you feel like you’re running out of ideas– kids always love it anyway! Just choose whole grain, a protein, or two items of produce and combine it all in a lunch box. Quick and easy!
Make your PB&J ahead, wrap them in plastic, and freeze! Freezing makes your delicious sandwich feel like dessert, especially if you do some cut-outs using a cookie cutter. Add cheese, kiwi, and crackers on the side for a kid-approved lunch.
If your kiddos like to dip and dunk, pairing crackers with hummus for their lunch will be a superb idea! You can add extra protein with cheese and/or a yogurt tube and a side of fruit like watermelon.
Make your pancakes in advance and heat them for your kid’s school lunch! Warm them up in the microwave, cut them into cute shapes, and drizzle some maple syrup, a smear of jam, nut butter, or cream cheese, a filling like cream cheese or sunflower seed butter, and jam for a fun breakfast for lunch idea. You can add applesauce, a veggie or two, and a side of milk as desired.
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