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Heading back to school? Here are 36 snack and lunch ideas!

It’s time to head back to school!!! Parents everywhere are scrambling to collect the necessary supplies, kids are excited to see their friends every day (but not as excited to get back to the homework routine), and packing lunches and figuring out what’s for dinner is about to become a bit tedious again. But it doesn’t have to be!

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Here are 36 recipes, ideas and articles to help you with heading back to school.

PACKED LUNCH IDEAS:

Need ideas for packing healthy, filling lunches? These lunch ideas will keep that lunchbox from getting boring.

LITTLE EXTRAS TO ROUND OUT YOUR LUNCHES:

No school lunch is complete without some snacks and goodies. But making sure those snacks and treats are healthy is a whole other ballgame. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks you won’t feel guilty giving your kids.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS THAT WON’T RUIN DINNER:

No parent wants their kid to come home from school and fill up on snacks so much that they won’t eat dinner. But they do need something to power them through getting their homework done. So here are some healthy snack ideas that won’t ruin dinner.

RECIPES FOR DORM ROOM COOKING:

If you have a big kid heading off to college, those dorm rooms can present a real problem for eating healthier fare. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You just have to get creative! Here are some recipes to help your college kid eat healthy while living in a dorm.

WEEKNIGHT DINNERS FOR TEACHERS & STAFF

Heading back to school means teachers and school staff will be super busy too. So here are some helpful recipes for eating healthy while teaching all those munchkins!

BUDGET IDEAS

If you are trying to pack healthier lunches on a budget, here are some budget friendly meals that will give your kids some great nutrition while still being easier on your wallet.

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Add some sliced tomato to sneak in veggies
  • Quesadillas – Keep it simple with cheese and maybe a veggie
  • Pasta – Keep it simple with veggies and clean, jarred sauce
  • Stir Fry – Anything goes! Just add soy sauce….

SPECIAL BACK TO SCHOOL TREATS

When the occasion calls for it, a treat can really brighten up those back to school frowns. Here are some healthy treats the kids (and adults!) will enjoy.

MAKE AHEAD BREAKFAST IDEAS

If mornings are hectic, having breakfast already made is a super big bonus. Here are some make ahead breakfast ideas for busy mornings.

LUNCH IDEAS VIDEO:

Here’s a video I found on youtube with some healthy bento box ideas!

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4 Comments

  1. Anne Ricci says:

    Great ideas Tiffany; I always admire American moms a lot because they have to pack their kids’ lunch every day, and that’s a lot of work!
    Here in Europe kids have a healthy lunch prepared at school by a catering company. We do prepare their morning snack every day, though. I will use your ideas to introduce some new items for the snacks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anne – Thanks so much! It’s definitely a challenge and one that I will face for the first time this year. Should be an interested experience!

  2. Wow, so much great recipes for my kids this year. All noted. Thank you Tiffany!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany – My pleasure! Enjoy!

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