My niece is starting kindergarten this week, so I’ve got school lunches on my mind. Her mom and I have been brain-storming healthy meal and snack ideas lately that will keep well during the school day, so I thought I’d share them here in case you’re in a similar situation. They are perfect for anyone who needs to pack a lunch for work, too!
One of the keys to packing a healthy lunch is starting with a set of sturdy lunch containers. Did you know the average kid’s school lunch creates 67 lbs of waste a year? I love using stainless steel options because they’re non-toxic, unbreakable, and also help reduce waste. Plus, when they’re stored in an insulated lunch box they’ll keep your food cold or hot, as needed, for several hours.
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The lunch set I’m using here includes:
- Wildkin Insulated Lunch Box
- Lunchbots Large Duo Bento Box
- Lunchbots 8 oz. Leakproof Round Containers
- U-Konserve Sweat-free Ice Pack
- Din Din Stainless Steel Spoon & Fork Set
- Lunchskins Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags
- 12 oz. Funtainer Insualted Water Bottle
Once you have a set of containers that fit snugly in your lunchbox, filling them up is a piece of cake. I’ve created a list for you below to make things as easy as possible– you’ll just need to choose 4-5 options each day to create a filling meal!
- Avocado Sandwich
- Lentil Chili (cookbook)
- Quinoa Pasta Salad
- Lentil Tacos
- Cauliflower Pizza (I love this cold!)
- Raw Falafel Wraps (cookbook)
- Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- Bean Burrito in a brown rice tortilla
- Collard Wraps
- Chickpea & Avocado “Egg” Salad
- Italian “Meatloaf” Balls (cookbook)
- Mexican Soup
- Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Wild Salmon Sliders (cookbook)
- Copycat Panera Black Bean Soup
- Wild Rice Stuffing
- Mushroom & Spinach Quinoa Risotto
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (cookbook)
- Crustless Quiche
- Cauliflower Fried Rice (delicious cold!)
- Fresh fruit
- Cheese & cucumber slices
- Hardboiled eggs
- Zucchini Hummus with veggies
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- Apples with almond butter
- Date Energy Balls
- Fruit with sunflower butter
- Chia pudding
- Cherry tomatoes
- Creamy Tahini Dressing with veggies
- Kale chips
- Seaweed snacks
- Hemp Seed Ranch (in cookbook) with veggies
- Cherry Pie Larabars
- No-Bake Coconut Granola Bars (cookbook)
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons (cookbook)
- Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies (cookbook)
- Healthiest Cookies Ever
- Raw Brownie Bites
- Paleo Banana Snack Cake
- Dates with almond butter
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Whether you have kids or not, I hope you’ll enjoy these packed lunch ideas and the Mighty Fix. Having healthy food on hand is KEY to making good choices on a regular basis, so even just having a few of these options ready to go in the fridge will help you stay on track. I’ve been using these types of storage containers for years for my own snacks, long before I was a mom, so I hope you will, too!
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Reader feedback: What do you like to pack in your fridge or lunchbox?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mighty Nest. They sent me the complimentary lunch gear pictured above so that I could use it in my photographs, but I am under no obligation to post a positive review. As you all know, I will NEVER work with a company that I don’t trust or use myself.
Questions and Reviews
Awesome post! Thanks for the great deal!
I’m a teacher and I see quite a few students with lunches that look very similar to these on a regular basis. I always wonder if their parents follow some of my favorite food bloggers to get ideas! I LOVE seeing such healthy lunches at school (and the noticeably better behavior/attention as a result)!
I’m so happy to hear that!
Love all these recipe ideas! All of them look delicious, and easy to quickly prepare and take on the go!
Ohh they are beautiful lunch containers – love the idea of monthly subscription to save waste and help make lunch boxes easier. We have no kids but are always needing lunch box inspiration for our own work lunches!
My husband and I are totally using these lunch containers for ourselves! Our son won’t need them for another 3 years or so. 😉
Great post, Megan! I pack a lunch for my husband every day and get tired of tossing sandwich bags. Thanks for introducing me to Lunchbots! Looking forward to sending him leftovers in better containers.
They’re the best! I love the Lunchskins bags, too– you can’t beat getting two of them for $5!
I really want to try those lunchskins for work!
I hope you enjoy them! I love that they’re dishwasher-safe, so they’re really easy to clean and reuse.
Thanks Megan for the lunch ideas.