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Packing a school lunch for your kids each day can end up feeling very repetitive! While we love the old stables of a simple sandwich and some chips, it can be nice to have a change. As the second half of the school year comes around, it’s time to re-energize your school lunch game! Speaking of which-up your snack game as well! Check out all our great after-school snack ideas here!

To start, we love a lunch box that is easy to use and helps us pack a better lunch! We love these bento boxes. They are easy to clean and mean fewer plastic bags are being brought to school! 

If you want ideas of what to pack to switch things up, look at our list below! 

Here are our Top Easy Lunch Ideas

DIY Sushi Rolls

Make homemade sushi rolls using ingredients like cooked chicken, avocado, cucumber, and carrots. Cut them into bite-sized pieces for easy eating.

Pinwheel Sandwiches

Create pinwheel sandwiches by spreading cream cheese or hummus on a tortilla, layering it with deli meats or veggies, then rolling it up and slicing it into pinwheels.

DIY Lunchables

Prepare DIY lunchable-style meals with crackers, cheese, and small portions of deli meats or turkey pepperoni. Include some cherry tomatoes or cucumber slices on the side.

Bento Box Fun

Use a bento box and fill each compartment with a variety of small portions of foods like cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, grapes, mini sandwiches, and pretzel sticks. This makes lunchtime a fun surprise! This idea is great for picky eaters because you can send in many different options. 

Rainbow Veggie Wraps

Create wraps using different colored vegetables like shredded purple cabbage, red bell peppers, carrots, spinach leaves, and hummus or cream cheese, rolled in a tortilla for a vibrant and healthy lunch.

English Muffin Pizzas

Use English muffins as a base and let your child customize their mini pizzas with tomato sauce, cheese, veggies, and preferred toppings. 

Fruit and Cheese Skewers

Thread chunks of fruit (such as strawberries, pineapple, and grapes) and cheese cubes onto skewers for a colorful and tasty lunch.

Cold Pasta Salad

Prepare pasta salad using fun-shaped pasta like bowties or spirals mixed with diced veggies, a light vinaigrette, and cubes of cheese or ham.


Make quesadillas using tortillas filled with cheese, black beans, corn, and diced chicken. Cut them into triangles for easy eating. 

Pita Pockets

Stuff pita pockets with hummus, chicken, cucumber slices, shredded carrots, and lettuce for a nutritious, easy-to-handle lunch option.

Have fun packing lunch!