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Back To School Snacks, Lunches and More

The day is quickly approaching! Back to school, or in our case… first time in school! I am nervous and overly excited at the same time.

Jairo and I debated for quite some time about this decision. However, after seeing how eager Ashley was with the idea of school, learning, growing and making new friends, our mind was made.


As many moms, we worry. Are we doing enough? Are we packing the right lunch? So much thought goes into getting the kids ready and set to succeed academically.

A few weeks ago, I asked my fellow mommas what they packed in the kiddos lunch boxes. Many responded, snacks only. In our case, Ashleys tuition includes breakfast and lunch. So, I will mostly be packing snacks as well.

Below you will find a list of snack ideas:

  • Fruits and Veggies

  • Apple slices

  • Applesauce

  • Blueberries

  • Grapes

  • Mangoes

  • Melon

  • Orange/Mandarin

  • Peaches

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Baby Carrots with ranch

  • Cucumbers

  • Edamame

  • Grape Tomatoes

  • Welchs Strawberry Fruit Snacks

  • Cheese sticks or string cheese

  • PeaTos

  • Goldfish

  • Yogurt

  • Cheez its

  • Granola Bar

  • Pretzels

  • Trail mix

  • Popcorn

  • Crackers

  • Chips and Salsa

  • Pudding Cup

  • Veggie Straws

  • Yogurt Raisins

  • Raisins

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Pepperoni

  • Pirates Booty White Cheddar

  • Nutrigrain Bar

  • Snap peas

On those days that she may not necessarily like food being given by her school… I will add lunch to her lunch box.

Below you will find a list of lunch ideas:

  • Sandwiches cut with cookie cutters for fun

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  • Almond butter and jam sandwich

  • Cheese, mean and fruit kabob

  • Grilled cheese roll ups

  • Quesadillas with chips

  • Turkey or Ham and Cheese roll-ups

  • DIY Lunchable

  • Pita bread with hummus

  • Pasta in a thermos (mac and cheese/spaghetti, etc)

Selecting a good lunch box and/or lunch containers is also something that crosses our minds when getting ready for the school year.

Below you will find a list of the most recommended picks:

  • Bento Lunch Box

  • Pottery Barn Kids Classic Lunch Box

  • Omiebox Bento Box for Kids

  • Packit Carryall Freezable Lunch Bag

Many moms like to add a special touch to their kids lunches by adding a note.


Below you will find some free printable to make that lunch packing easier. Simply print, cut and save to add throughout the week.


Kaitlen over at Simple Mom Project has 25 free printable lunchbox notes. Click here to download.


Crystal over at Simply Being Mommy has thoughtful printable lunch notes that are sure to bring a smile on any littles face. Click here to download.

Kristen over at Kristen Duke Photography has lunch jokes and brain teasers for the older kiddos. Click here to download.

For more lunch inspiration, please check out these awesome mommas!


Amy from Yummy Toddler Food has 50 easy school lunch ideas for Kindergarten and beyond! Click here for inspo!


Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod has fun lunch ideas for even the pickiest of eaters! Click here for inspo!


Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy has many fun lunch ideas, including one of our all time favorites, cheese and turkey kabobs! Click here for inspo!

Let’s get those lunches ready mommas!

Please tell us is there a lunch you are excited to make for the kids? A favorite snack or lunch box? Drop a comment below. Let’s help and motivate each other to make this task a fun one.

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