100 Creative School Lunch Ideas Sure To Please Even Picky Eaters

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Picky Eater Pleasing School Lunchbox Ideas

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 lunchbox ideas for kids to keep you inspired for the rest of the year. These Bento Box friendly lunch ideas are creative and delicious enough to please even picky eaters!

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Looking For Amazing Cold School Lunch Ideas?

After the new year parents and kids begin to lose their excitement for school. How can you not? With over 100 school days under your belt, the day to day can become draining.

Lunchboxes can become a bore and parents are left scrounging Pinterest for amazing school lunch ideas for their picky eaters.

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.


Make-Ahead Bento Boxes Even Picky Eaters Will Love

This roundup is focused on bento box style cold school lunches that you can make ahead because this far into the year, we don’t have time for anything else! They are all so creative, pretty simple, and delicious they’ll be sure to be the perfect go-to recipes for picky eaters.

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 BESTSELLING bento box set from Amazon! You get 15 boxes cheap to make packing all these awesome healthy lunch ideas a breeze! Perfect for meal prep for EVERYONE in the family!

To pack a spill-proof organized school lunchbox fast and easy just like in this video pick up your very own Yumbox here, a cute character thermos like this Cars one of this adorable bright Trolls option, and a convenient lunchbox that keeps it all cool and fits the Yumbox perfectly like this super affordable cute shark lunchbox or this precious unicorn and rainbows option.



Plus if these new ideas aren’t enough, please head over to my other Back to School Lunch Ideas roundup 2017 Edition AND the brand new Better School Lunch Ideas 2018 Edition filled with tips for making school lunches easy and organized as well.

Between the 3 posts, you will literally have a new idea for every picky eater in your family for every single school day left in the year!

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2019 Update! 2 More New School Lunch Posts for You

Because at this point, back to school lunch roundups has become an annual thing here at Vigor it Out, I have 2 more brand new roundups you will love to check out along with all the other lunchbox ideas on this list!

For this upcoming school year, all the lunches are focused on speed and ease, and there are 2 full posts worth of them!

Lunches that are kid-friendly and can be put together fast and usually in batches! So don’t forget to stop by:

9 Super Unique Kid Friendly Back to School Lunch Ideas

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AND Fast and Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas for 2019-2020

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OVER 50 More Kids School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

1. 10 More Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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Healthy 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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Ham and Cheese Pockets 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. Even picky eaters will love this recipe!


3. Mini Pizza Bites

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Mini Pizza Bites 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

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Wraps 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

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Healthy Creative 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 makes packing lunches on busy mornings a snap!


6. 15 Muffin Tin Recipes for Kids

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15 Muffin Tin Recipes for Kids 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.

RELATED: Brand New Better School Lunches 2018 Edition


7. Top 10 Paleo Kids Lunch Ideas

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Top 10 Paleo Kids Lunch Ideas 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. 6 Healthy Creative Lunchbox Wraps

6 Healthy Creative Lunchbox Wraps from Vigor it Out

My family adores wraps far more than any sandwich I could ever create. These 6 recipes are so diverse you are sure to find something to please every palate! healthy sweet treat wraps, classic flavor favorites, and more!


9. Ultimate List of Lunch Box Ideas

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Ultimate List of Lunchbox Ideas 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 noone has time for anything but healthy cold school lunches!

I hope these help liven things up in your lunch box for the remaining months of school and please even those picky eaters.

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 really cheap to make packing all these awesome healthy lunch ideas a breeze! Perfect for EVERYONE in the family!

More Meal Planning Resources For You: TOTALLY FREE:

ingredient replacement guide

Because you don’t have to eliminate your family favorites to move in a healthier eating direction! You simply need to be aware of ingredients and with this substitution guide, you can still have all of favorites! Just slightly altered to add in nutrients and eliminate empty calories and bad fats.

healthy snack checklist

With this free printable checklist, you will always have ideas for a healthy, satisfying, protein-packed snack on hand. You deserve more than munching on leftover goldfish and pizza crusts between meals. (I’ve been there!) This healthy snack checklist will ensure that you always have the healthy snack on hand that you and your kids deserve.

Picky Eater Pleasing School Lunchbox Ideas

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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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