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10 Easy No-Cook School Lunch Ideas

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Use these specific ideas for packed lunches or consider them inspiration for packing ones unique to your child. Nutrition info will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.


Ingredients

  • Cheese and Crackers Lunch: 1/2 cup whole grain crackers, 1 oz cheese, 1 oz pepperoni, 1/2 cup diced mango, 1/2 cup snap peas
  • Bagel Sandwich Lunch: 1 small whole grain bagel, 2 tablespoons cream cheese or nut or seed butter, 2 tablespoons jam, 1/2 cup fruit salad, 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
  • Tortilla Triangles: 1 medium tortilla; 2 tablespoons bean dip, nut or seed butter and jam, 1 ounce each turkey and cheese; 1/2 cup grapes, 1/4 cup each tomatoes and bell peppers; 1 yogurt tube
  • Yogurt and Granola Lunch: 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup granola, 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, 5-6 strawberries, 1 peeled and diced kiwi
  • Simple Sandwich Lunch: 1-2 slices whole grain bread, 1-2 tablespoons nut or seed butter, 1-2 tablespoons jam, 1 clementine (start to peel it a little so make it easy for the kids), 1/2 cup cheese sandwich crackers, 1/2 cup cucumber slices
  • Freeze-Ahead PB&J: 2 slices whole grain bread, 2 tablespoons nut or seed butter 2 slices jam, 1/2 cup crackers, 1 oz cheese, 1 peeled and diced kiwi
  • Snack Box Lunch: 1 oz salami, 1 oz cheese, 1/2 cup snap pea crisps, 1/2 cup berries, 1/2 cup cucumber
  • Hummus and Crackers Lunch: 1/4-1/2 cup crackers, 2 tablespoons hummus, 1 oz cheese, 1/2 cup watermelon, 1 yogurt tube
  • Pancake Lunch: 1-2 pancakes; 1 tablespoon maple syrup, jam, nut or seed butter or cream cheese; 1 applesauce pouch, 1/4 cup carrot rounds, 1/4 cup edamame

Instructions

  1. Cheese and Crackers Lunch: Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  2. Bagel Sandwich Lunch: Lightly toast the bagel if desired (it’s optional). Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  3. Tortilla Triangles: Lightly warm the tortilla if it’s super stiff. Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  4. Yogurt and Granola Lunch: Place all foods into lunch box. Use a thermos or compartment or container that seals tightly for the yogurt to avoid any spills. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  5. Simple Sandwich Lunch: Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  6. Freeze-Ahead PB&J: Cut the bread with a 3-4 inch round cookie cutter. Spread the nut or seed butter and the jam onto the bread and wrap with plastic wrap. Make as many as you want and store in the freezer in a freezer storage bag for up to 3 months. Place one directly into a lunch box in the morning and it will thaw by lunch. 
  7. Snack Box Lunch: Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. 
  8. Hummus and Crackers Lunch: Place all foods into lunch box. Pack in an insulated bag with an ice pack. You can freeze the yogurt tube to be an extra ice pack and it will thaw by lunchtime. 
  9. Pancake Lunch: Warm the pancakes if desired for 30 seconds in the microwave and pack in a thermos to keep warm, or send them to eat at room temperature.

Notes

Try to make sure the foods are easy for the kids to eat in the time they have for lunch. I’ll never forget hearing that my then 6 year old couldn’t eat the baby carrots I sent with her because she didn’t have enough time to chew them!

Talk to your child about whether there was too much, not enough, or just the right amount of food so you can avoid wasting food and satisfy their hunger.

Let the kids help pack their lunches if they’re interested.

Invest in a good lunch box that will last (and be easy to clean!).

Place the lunchbox in an insulated bag with an ice pack to keep it cool.

Pack water or let the kids buy milk.

Aim to send a source of protein, a whole grain, and 2 items of produce (a fruit and a veggie) most days to help the kids hit their nutrition needs.

Mix in purchased school lunches—if your kids like them!—with packed ones from home to keep the work for you light.

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