Most moms juggle five things at a time every morning. From preparing breakfast to getting the kids dressed for school to packing work and school lunch, mornings can get super chaotic.
And it’s even more frustrating when you don’t know what to pack for your children’s school lunch!
As a parent, you want your kids to be properly nourished even at school. But this isn’t an easy feat when you’ve got picky eaters or don’t have a clue how to even begin.
Thankfully, bento lunch boxes were invented to make meal preps easier. These convenient containers make packing lunch less stressful. Plus, they help remind you of proper meal portions, too!
But the question is, what should you put in them? Worry no more because I’ve broken down in a handy list some bento box lunch ideas for school, so you can have one less thing to worry about in the morning!
Homemade Takeout Favorites
Take into account what your kids love to have for takeout and make a homemade version of it! Do they love sushi? Why not prepare a sushi a la mom?
Making your own version of your children’s favorite takeout food will not only save you bucks but also give you peace of mind that they’re eating good food.
What’s more, you can experiment with tons of sushi recipes! You can create fruit sushi, veggie sushi, and peanut butter and fruit sushi!
You can also try packing other favorite takeout meals like rice cakes, noodles, spring rolls, and dumplings.
Whatever your kids love to ask for takeout food, search for healthy recipes of these meals and add a mommy touch!
There’s no need to go to a Mexican restaurant to savor yummy nachos! You can make it at home and even let your kids enjoy it at school!
Want your children to stick to nutritious meals? No problem! You can create delicious yet nutritious nachos! Instead of the basic tortilla chips, you can use gluten-free brown rice tortillas as a healthier substitute.
Then, load it up with healthy ingredients like tomatoes, green pepper, chicken, and avocados. These staples are dense in nutrients, helping to satisfy not just your kids’ stomach rumblings but nutritional requirements, too!
Do your kids love sandwiches? Good news because you can experiment with various sandwich recipes, too! You can take a healthier route by using nutrient-loaded ingredients in building up your sandwich.
Try making an Apple, Cheese, and Ham sandwich or Peanut Butter Carrot sandwich. These grubs are one of the easiest ways to get your kids to eat nutritious food while settling their hunger.
If you’re looking to feed your children more vegetables, you can search for delicious baked veggie recipes like Baked Spinach and Eggs.
Meals like this one allow your kids to savor the nutrients contained in vegetables like spinach, which is a great source of vitamin K, potassium, calcium, and other vital vitamins and minerals.
Adding eggs to the scene will boost the protein content of your kids’ lunch as well! They’re also a great source of healthy fats.
You can also try other healthy baked veggie recipes to boost your children’s nutrient intake.
Want to create a filling meal for your kids’ lunch? Pasta will surely deliver! Creating a hearty baked pasta dish is a delicious way to satisfy your little ones’ taste buds and tummies.
You can create a tasty masterpiece with recipes like the Chicken Chorizo Cheese Baked Pasta. I’m certain your kids would love this because all the yummy favorites are here: chicken, chorizo, and cheese!
This hearty dish can also leave your kids feeling full for long. And this is just one of the many baked pasta dishes you can try making!
You can also create your own take of other yummy baked pasta recipes for your hungry little ones!
Greek-style recipes bring you closer to Mediterranean flavors and health perks! How? Greek-inspired dishes are full of nutritious ingredients like veggies, healthy fats, and lean protein.
You can pack your kids Greek Salad with Pita or Greek-Style Chicken Breasts for their school lunch. These meals are not only bursting with festive flavors but nutritional punch as well!
Breakfast staples are easy-peasy. Plus, even the pickiest eaters are more likely to enjoy them!
You can turn hard-boiled eggs into a quiche or add them to a breakfast salad or a wrap. Pancakes are a popular brekky favorite too, so why not try Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes?
You can also make sure hits like Bagel Breakfast Sliders, and Breakfast Strata. These breakfast recipes will surely win your kids’ appetite, helping to fill their hungry tummies!
Food on Sticks
Food on sticks? Why not? Beef skewers and chicken satays are always in! You can purchase lunchbox-sized flat bamboo skewers for your little ones.
Wondering what to put in those sticks? How about pizza? Yep, Pizza on a Stick is possible! And there are many other interesting, fun, and healthy food on stick recipes that you can try.
From Fruit and Cheese Kabobs and Curried Pork and Orange Kabobs to Chicken Skewers with Avocado Sauce, your kids will certainly look at lunches in a different way – more fun, that is!
Vegetable Sushi or Onigiri
Creating veggie sushi or onigiri is another way to make your kids eat vegetables. It’s also an efficient way to avoid wasting leftovers as you can turn leftover rice and vegetables into a tasty masterpiece!
Think Avocado and Mango Brown Rice Sushi or Teriyaki Veggie Crunch Rolls. These yummy healthy sushi recipes will surely leave your kids asking for round two at home or a repeat for their next day’s school lunch!
Fish and Quinoa
Experts say that a nutritious, well-balanced diet should include at least two servings of fish per week.
And because it is an essential part of their nutrition, you should try your best to prep delish fish dishes for your little ones. Adding quinoa to the equation will make it a whole lot better, of course!
Luckily, there’s a long list of fish and quinoa recipes that you can try at home, and pack for your children’s lunch.
Recipes such as Tuna Steak with Quinoa will allow your kids to savor not just the distinct flavors of tuna and quinoa but its health perks as well!
You can get inspiration from many other recipes available online to feed your kids nutritious, delicious meals even at school.
Hummus with Pita Bread
You will never go wrong with hummus and pita bread because most kids love it! This is good news because hummus uses healthy ingredients, too.
Want to make your kids’ bento lunch even better? Throw some salami, cucumber, carrots, and grapes into the box! Take note, though, that it’s best to pack the hummus in a separate container to avoid a mess.
And of course, let’s not forget about quesadillas! They’re also a popular kid’s choice for very obvious reasons. So, if you want to make sure your kids will eat their packed lunch, prepare quesadillas!
Thankfully, there are tons of healthy quesadilla recipes that you can try as well. You can make creamy, delicious Avocado and Hummus Quesadilla or Spinach and Tomato Quesadillas!
This dish always delights, so it’s less likely your kids come home with a leftover when you prepare this meal for them.
Quick Tips to Make Packing Lunch Easier
Now that you know what meals you can prepare for school, it’s essential to learn a few tips to make packing lunch much easier and less stressful in the morning. Below are some handy tips to keep in mind:
Cook bigger batches
Hectic mornings may not allow you to cook lunch meals anymore. So, cook bigger batches in the evening or during weekends.
You can pack leftovers straight into your kids’ bento lunch box and store it in the fridge. In the morning, you can simply put their bento box in their lunch bag.
Get your kids involved
Allow your kids to help you prepare their lunch! Simple tasks like getting fruit from the fridge or packing crackers will teach your kids responsibility and independence.
You also help improve their food knowledge and spend quality time with them. They are more likely to appreciate their school lunch as well, knowing they helped with preparing it.
Use “packable” foods
“Packable” or “convenience” foods don’t always mean processed foods. During busy mornings, you can use healthy foods that are easy to pack such as jerky sticks, seed crackers, and nuts.
Packing a nutritious meal for your kids’ lunch is not an easy feat. But it’s super worth it when you hear them say they enjoyed their lunch for the day!
Even better when you know that what they had for lunch is good for them. These bento box lunch ideas are great for school. They are not only delicious but nutritious for kids as well.
You can list down recipes that you want to try and make a weekly meal plan so that packing lunch would be much easier for you!