Back to School - Healthy School Lunch Ideas

It's back to school time, perhaps the most exciting time of the year for parents. Kids are excited too as they get ready to meet new teachers and friends. But along with excitement, back to school time comes with lots of preparation. By now you've probably been shopping for school supplies. I have always loved the new supplies associated with the start of a school year. Empty notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and unused crayons all full of possibilities for the year ahead. If you're sending your kid back to school with new clothes and supplies, don't send them back with the same old lunches. Here are some healthy school lunch ideas that will start the year off right.

When a child starts in a new class they might be a little apprehensive or miss being home. This first lunch idea sends a little reminder of your love to school with your child. It's super easy to do. Use a heart cookie cutter (dust that thing off from Valentine's Day) and cut two hearts out of sandwich bread.

heart shaped bread

Many schools no longer allow nut products because of allergies. If your kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this can make lunch times difficult. I have found a nice substitution to be cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. Spread cream cheese on one of your hearts and jelly on the other and you will have a sweet sandwich that will warm your child's heart. Add some carrots and hummus, a cupcake and an apple for a lunch that will be a big hit.

Easy lunch ideas

This lunch was so easy to put together thanks in part to the easy storage provided by Glad containers. 

I used an Entree size for the sandwich and carrots and Mini Rounds for the hummus and cupcake. Pop on their lids before putting in a lunchbox and seal in freshness and forget about leaks. These containers are reusable so you don't have to feel bad about waste. Best for busy moms, they are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Kids school lunch ideas

My kids really loved the next lunch. They have actually asked me to make it again with their names. I made ham and cheese roll ups. Use a tortilla and stack some ham and cheese. Cut the roll up and pop a fancy toothpick on top for some added fun. I sliced some yellow peppers and put them in a Glad Mini Round container. I used some Cheez-It Scrabble Junior letters to spell out the word "read." Want to know how I got them to stick? I used a tiny bit of frosting on the back of each cracker. It worked like glue to hold the letters in place even when being moved about in a lunch box.

School lunch ideas for kids

Add some grapes to round out this healthy lunch.

Fun lunch

I know there are lots of creative moms out there. Glad would love to hear about your own Back to School recipes, tips and ideas in the "Mom Made" promotion on Glad's Facebook page! If you share your idea before August 31st, you will be eligible for a chance to win a Lunch Kit for kit for your kids' entire class. For more info, visit

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  1. Those are beautiful lunches! I really like the cream cheese idea. And the Glad containers are just perfect. You are sure to find the size and shape you need.

    1. Thanks Joyce! We use our Glad containers all the time for all sorts of things.