Does it seem to you like back to school season just sneaked up on us? One minute I was enjoying the summer and the next minute, I was doing back to school shopping for clothes and school supplies. One challenge that I face at the start of every school year, is coming up with new and exciting lunches for my kids to bring to school. I admit it, toward the end of the last school year I had fallen into a bit of a rut, sending in the same lunches every day. They were easy and I knew my kids would eat them. But the start of a new school year fills me with inspiration, so I came up with some fun lunch ideas that I am excited to share with you. I also made up some inspirational Lunchbox Notes that you can get for free. I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #SimplyNice campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
I headed to Walgreens to do some back to school shopping. I picked up notebooks, pencils and other school supplies.
I also got some delicious Nice!® food and beverage products at Walgreens. Like most moms, I am super busy, so I love that I can find Nice!® products at Walgreens, because I can stock up on them whenever I am there. Nice!® offers healthier snacks that are perfect for filling up lunch boxes. They are always on my must buy list since they are packaged for on-the-go families who are also health conscious.
My kids love Nice!® Veggie sticks and they come in a convenient 6 pack lunch pack as do their White Cheddar Puffs.
You'll notice that there is nutritional information found on the corner of the packaging.
This certainly makes shopping easier, as I can get the calorie information I need with a quick glance. No more standing in the aisle trying to find information on the back of the package.
When it comes to school lunches, sometimes you just need to change things up a bit to get out of a rut. One way to do that is to prepare and present the food in a new way. Another thing you can do is offer different combinations of items.
The first lunch idea I came up with involves a twist on the traditional ham and cheese sandwich. To make a ham and cheese roll up, take a tortilla and layer it with a few slices of ham, making sure to cover the tortilla. Add some sliced American cheese on top of the ham. Then roll up the tortilla, making sure to keep the ham and cheese inside. Slice into rolls.
You can serve these ham and cheese rolls with some Nice!® Veggie Sticks.
Add a little treat with these Nice!® Sandwich Creme cookies.
You can also switch things up a bit by adding some Nice!® Fruit & Nut Trail mix, especially if nut allergies are not an issue at school.
I don't know about your kids, but mine would be thrilled to open up their lunchboxes and see this.
Another lunchbox option is to use the same type of tortilla you use for the ham rolls and make Almond Butter and Jam roll ups instead. These could not be easier to make. Simply spread a thick layer of Almond Butter over one side of the tortilla and spread a layer of strawberry jam over the peanut butter. Roll up the tortilla and slice into rolls.
You can pair these almond butter and jam rolls with bananas, Nice!® Sandwich Creme cookies, and Nice!® Organic White Cheddar Popcorn.
As if these yummy lunch ideas aren't enough to get kids smiling, I created some inspirational lunchbox notes for kids that can really brighten their day.
Most kids love getting lunchbox notes. For one thing, they offer a word of hope or encouragement on what could be a difficult day. They are also conversation starters as kids around the table will want to know what the notes say.
I have included 30 free printable lunchbox notes that will provide your child with a month's worth of inspiration!
These free lunchbox notes may not be copied and sold or reproduced in any way. They cannot be changed or altered by you in any way and then sold as your own. If you are sharing these, you must direct people to my website and not to a link for the PDF. Do not store these on your website, on a file sharing website or on Facebook or Dropbox. These free lunchbox notes are copyright Mess for Less.
YOU CAN GET THE FREE LUNCHBOX NOTES BY CLICKING HERE.
I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #SimplyNice campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
This First Day of School sign printable is perfect for celebrating the 1st day of school. Print out the sign that corresponds to your child's grade level and have them hold it for a back to school photo. Since this printable bundle contains 16 grades, you can buy this once and use it over and over again through the years. Get your 1st Day of School printables here.
For more lunch ideas, check out School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters. If you are looking for some fun back to school supplies, don't miss School Supplies for Girls.
May I use your lunch notes to place in individual snack bags I am putting together for a local school? The bags are for those students who may need an extra bit of energy in their school day.
What a lot of great ideas. And, cute pictures too 🙂 I'll have to check out these products. My neighborhood pharmacy just switched over to being a Walgreens, so I'm sure they'll have them.
There are so many great ideas here. Popcorn always goes down well in a lunch box!
These ideas are great. Let's face it, we need all the help we can get to keep lunchboxes exciting. Loving those printable notes too - thanks.
I love stocking up on affordable back to school snacks like these. My kids are much happier when they have variety in their school lunches.
I love all of these ideas for the back to school snacks - the lunchbox notes are super fun as well 🙂
Nice! Loved that lunch box notes... Thanks for sharing...
Thanks for all the great lunch ideas! I will look forward to using them once my kids can have lunch at school, I loved the veggie sticks you show!
Cute lunch ideas. I haven’t been to Walgreens in a little while so I haven’t heard of the Nice Products yet, they sound great!
I've never heard of this brand! but will certainly be checking it out next time I'm out and about! I love the Rubbermaid Lunchblox that you use - we have them out our house too - they're the perfect size & I love the lids (not super bulky where water gets trapped after washing!) these are great ideas for lunches - and well rounded. A little treat, veggies & fruits. Thanks for this great post!
Can you make my school lunches? 🙂 These look yummy. I don’t think we have the Nice brand in Canada, but they look to be really good (with a nice selection!).