Beginner's Guide to School Lunch

Coming up with and packing school lunches can be a challenge for seasoned and new parents, but this guide will cover ALL of the most common challenges!



– Keep the foods simple. Their food should be easy to eat and familiar. – Talk to them when they bring their lunch box home to gather any feedback so you can make adjustments.



– Practice packing and having them eat lunches on the weekend before school starts. – If your child has a food allergy, be sure to discuss the lunchroom setup with their teacher.

Pack a Lunch 


1. Make a list of the foods they like 2. Choose foods from  most of the food groups for a balanced lunch 3. Include a mix of protein, complex carbs, produce, dairy, and healthy fats.

Pack a Lunch


4. Aim to include 1-2 items of produce every day  5. Make sure to pack a drink if needed 6. Know your school’s rules about peanuts and follow them!

Best Lunch Gear


I’ve tried out a LOT of lunch boxes, bags, thermoses, and more—and I’ve narrowed down the best ones for durability, ease of use, smart design, and ease of cleaning.

Best Nut-Free Alternatives to Peanut Butter


1. Granola Butter 2. Sunflower seed butter 3. Almond butter  4. Tahini (works well if mixed with honey or maple syrup)

Easy School Lunch Recipes


I put together my go-to recipes for lunch. These recipes for school lunches are easy to make ahead and pack (both chilled or warmed in a thermos).

Beginner's Guide to School Lunch 

Click the link below to see the full recipes, more tips and possible dietary replacements.