100 Creative School Lunch Ideas Sure To Please Even Picky Eaters

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I’ve found over 100 inspirational school lunch ideas for kids for you on Pinterest. I’ve done the footwork for you to bring you easy cold lunch ideas to keep you inspired for the rest of the year. These Bento Box friendly lunch ideas are perfect for high schoolers all the way through toddler aged! These lunch box ideas for school are so creative they are even perfect for adults.

Looking For Amazing School Lunch Ideas?

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After the new year parents and kids begin to lose their excitement for school. How can you not? With over 100 school days under you belt the day to day can become draining. Lunchboxes can become a bore and parents are left scrounging Pinterest for amazing cold lunch box ideas for kids.

With 5 more months to go with school I decided it was definitely time to round up over 100 amazing new ideas to keep your school lunch creativity going! There’s even a beautiful free printable loaded with delicious lunch box ideas for kids at the end of this post. Print it out, hang it up, and even in the rushed mornings you’ll suddenly be flooded with ideas.


Plus if these new ideas aren’t enough, please head over to my other Sandwich-free Healthy School Lunches roundup for equally as many ideas!

Between the two pages you will literally have a new idea for every single remaining school day!

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OVER 50 School Lunch Ideas

  1. 10 More Healthy School Lunch Ideas

school lunch ideas

From: Kristine’s Kitchen

Kristine has so many healthy lunch ideas, I absolutely love reading her posts! Just looking through her pictures is phenomenal for inspiration for healthy and creative cold school lunch ideas. You’ll find healthy school lunches filled with color and creativity.


2. Ham and Cheese Pockets

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From: Dessert Now Dinner Later

Amber from Dessert Now Dinner Later, who used to work in a bakery, has shared with us one of her easy, flakey and addictive secrets! How to make your own ham and cheese pockets simply, with ready-made ingredients at home! They are perfect for breakfast on the go, school lunch boxes, and after school snacks.

3. Mini Pizza Bites

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From: Mum in the Madhouse

These mini pizza bites are the perfect cute and creative school lunch idea. They are fun to make and even better to eat. Think Totinos… but WAY better! I love these homemade pizza bites for a tasty snack or meal that no kid can turn down.


4. Top 10 Kid Friendly Wraps

school lunch ideas

From: Super Healthy Kids

My kids adore wraps far more than sandwiches. And let’s face it, sandwiches get old day after day. Liven up your school lunches for the rest of the year with 10 delicious new healthy wrap ideas! Using fruits, avocados, and veggies these creative ideas are meat free, simple, and they are all calling my name right now.


5. Healthy Creative School Lunch Ideas

school lunch ideas

From: Vigor It Out

This awesome roundup features over 50 healthy no-sandwich lunchbox ideas to give you months of creativity! These delicious ideas will keep every day delicious and fresh for the rest of the year. Every single idea fits perfectly in a bento box and are very easy to make packing lunches on busy mornings a snap!


6. 15 Muffin Tin Recipes for Kids

school lunch ideas

From: I Heart Arts and Crafts

Jackie from I Heart Arts and Crafts has done us the honor of rounding up 15 mouthwatering school lunch ideas that can all be made in muffin tins! Kids like creative food especially when incorporating some of their favorites like mini pizzas, corndogs, or burgers. Meals and leftovers take on a whole new life when you bake them in a muffin tin. They are kid sized and immediately enticing.


7. Top 10 Paleo Kids Lunch Ideas

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From: Eat Drink Paleo

Irena over at Eat Drink Paleo is a Paleo diet genius. She’s rounded up 10 delicious Paleo diet approved kids lunch box ideas that are definitely perfect for adults as well! Some of these recipes take a little work, and others are completely easy. It’s definitely worth checking out whether or not you follow the Caveman diet.


8. Ultimate List of Lunch Box Ideas

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From: Finding Time To Fly

For endless combination ideas to create a delicious cold lunch every single day for the rest of the year you HAVE to check out Melisha’s ultimate list of lunch box ideas! She’s created a beautiful and colorful printable (I love awesome free printables, don’t you?) to keep on hand at all times so that you never run out of ideas or inspiration!


I know everyone (parents included) finds themselves in a bit of a school slump in the new year.

The kids are anxiously awaiting Spring Break already and motivation can be tough. Whether public OR homeschooled! After over 100 school lunches built already even the most creative mom is scrounging Pinterest for amazing school lunch ideas!

I hope these help liven things up in your lunch box for the remaining months of school. If you’re still looking for ideas for school lunches please stop by my OTHER Bento Box School Lunch Ideas for months of healthy of inspiration!

And speaking of Bento Boxes if you’re looking for perfect new and insanely affordable Bento Boxes you can pick up a stellar set of the #1 BEST SELLING bento box set from Amazon! You get 15 boxes for just over $15 to make packing all these awesome healthy lunch ideas a breeze! Perfect for EVERYONE in the family!



Now that I’ve got you covered saving time with months of creative lunches covered I bet you’ll be dying to check out over 50 healthy slow cooker recipes to help in your busy evening too! I just love my Crockpot and the versatility of it is almost endless.


I’d love if you would join my mailing list to stay up to date on all the new recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, and exercises that I bring you every week! Which lunch box idea are you DYING to try? I’m experimenting with some of those delicious wraps this week myself! What is your favorite type of recipes that you are always looking for online? I’d love to hear in the comments below.


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  1. These are all such great ideas! We’ve gotten into the bad habit of relying on packaged stuff to just throw into the lunchbox really quickly lately. I try to keep those options as healthy as possible, but they’re still processed. :/ We do the mini pizzas sometimes too, and the kids love those! But I really like the post about the bento boxes, letting the kids pick some options for that before I shop would be great to have them choosing their own healthy lunches–and that way I know they’ll eat it! Thanks for such a thorough post!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it Stella! We all fall into the groove of quick packaged snacks occasionally. I hope with all these wonderful ideas from around the web you have some fresh inspiration! I know I’ve now been inspired to try some new wraps as my kids will go for those far more quickly than a sandwich. And the Bento Boxes make everything so easy to pack, plan, and add a little variety. 🙂

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