Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner

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This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 school lunch Ideas. New healthy ideas for school lunch ideas for kids. Back to school menu calendar.

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner

Isn’t it hard to come up with new school lunch ideas? I’m excited to share a free printable school lunch box planner to help you out! Because our school starts soon, meant it was time to start think about school lunch box ideas. I began writing a bunch of ideas down. Instead of packing the same school lunch each week, I plan to get a little more creative this year. I’ve made super creative school lunches like these Powerpuff Girls Sandwiches, but there is no way I can do that everyday!

To help with planning ahead for fun but simple school lunches, I designed a free printable lunch box meal planner – basically a weekly calendar to help parents get organized. I also put together a free printable list with 85 school lunch items to add to your kid’s lunch boxes.

I hope these school lunch box ideas will help you get organized for the school year with some new and healthier lunches for your kids!

Originally published August 25, 2014 

85 School Lunch Ideas with a Free Printable Meal Planner

 This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.  

Both of my kids are very picky, so I do my best to find healthy foods to pack for their lunch. My daughter is pretty easy and loves when I add cute notes or draw on her food with edible markers.

Finding creative school lunch ideas for my middle school aged son, who is the most picky, is really challenging. Here are a few school lunch ideas I have packed for him. They might not be the healthiest ideas around, but it’s a start to get him to try SOME healthy things.

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Make your own pizza bagels and writing notes on napkins is always fun! He is now in high school and I still make this for his lunch sometimes. Bagels are great for school lunch, because they fill up the always hungry boys and don’t get soggy like bread. We love to use these –> Easy Lunch Boxes!

Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner with 85 Lunch Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

 

Creative School Lunch Idea!

Watch the video below where I make Sandwich Sushi. It’s always a fun lunch box idea that kids love!

 

Get ready for Back to School with a School Lunch Box Meal Planner!

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 school lunch Ideas. Enjoy this back to school menu calendar.

This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.

Download the School Lunch Free Printables

Start planning your kid’s school lunch by clicking the links below to download the free printable planners:

>> Free Printable Weekly School Lunch Planner

>> Free Printable School Lunch Ideas

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20 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids

These hot school lunch ideas for kids are an easy alternative to the usual sandwich!

20 Easy Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids! How to keep food hot in a Thermos and simple back to school lunch tips for kids who don't like sandwiches.

Easy Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids

It’s time to think about school lunches for your kids and a hot school lunch is always my family’s favorite. If you have kids that don’t like sandwiches, a hot school lunch is the way to go!

I like to wrap hot dogs and chicken nuggets in foil, but did you know you could also use a Thermos to make them stay warmer for much longer?

I didn’t realize how to use a Thermos properly until a few years ago. It’s really super simple and I can’t believe I wasn’t doing this when they were little!

Set the alarm a little early on the days you want to send a hot school lunch with your kids. All it takes is a microwave, hot water and a little extra time for a delicious hot school lunch!

Here are some fun hot lunch ideas and tips for using a Thermos to keep your kids lunch hot for hours!

How to Keep Food Hot in a Thermos

Ever wanted to know how to keep food hot inside of a Thermos? It’s so easy and only takes a few steps:

  1. Boil water by adding a large glass full of hot water into the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Fill the Thermos with boiling water, close the lid and let it sit inside for about 5 minutes.
  3. When you’re ready to fill the Thermos, pour out the water and add the food immediately. The Thermos should be piping hot!
  4. Cover your food with the lid as soon as you can to keep the heat inside of the container. The food will stay hot for hours! Don’t forget to add a spoon or fork into your kids lunch box.

20 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids

When you need some new ideas beside the usual soup in a kid’s Thermos,  here are some fun hot school lunch ideas. Your kids are sure to like one of these hot school lunch ideas.

  1. Chicken nuggets. Probably the most popular at our house!
  2. Corn on the cob.
  3. Pizza – Cut it into strips so it will fit inside a thermos and still be nice and warm when it’s time to hit the cafeteria.
  4. Bacon and scrambled eggs.
  5. Ravioli with butter.
  6. Rice and beans.
  7. Grilled cheese sandwich. Cut into strips.
  8. Spaghetti. A childhood favorite!
  9. Left over Chinese food.
  10. Layered tacos. Layer tortilla chips, taco meat and cheese. Chop lettuce and tomatoes and put in a small container for toppings.
  11. Mashed potatoes layered with grilled chicken and veggies.
  12. Mac and cheese – Add vegetables or hamburger crumbles.
  13. Mini pancakes – Put syrup and fruit in a small container for kids to add on top of the warm pancakes.
  14. Ramen noodles.
  15. Nachos. After heating the thermos, fill with tortilla chips and sprinkle with shredded cheese. The cheese should melt by the time your child is ready for lunch!
  16. Oatmeal with cinnamon and granola sprinkled on top.
  17. Hamburger sliders. Stack a few small hamburgers inside of the thermos.
  18. Chili with chips and cheese sprinkled on top.
  19. Pulled pork with barbecue sauce. Add a bun in the lunch box for a make your own sandwich lunch.
  20. Mixed vegetables with rice.

 

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The Powerpuff Girls School Lunch | Sandwich Art

The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches are a cute superhero school lunch! Make sandwich art for kids that's full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

I’m excited to share one of my most fun food creations to date… The Powerpuff Girls school lunches! Aren’t they the cutest superheroes? I created these fun sandwiches in partnership with Hulu to let you know that they are back! Hulu now is the only place to find the full classic animated series The Powerpuff Girls.

Now you can send some girl power to school with your kids, by making these cute sandwiches! It’s sandwich art that’s full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

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About The Powerpuff Girls!

If you don’t remember the Cartoon Network’s original series, let me tell you a little about it. The Powerpuff Girls centers around three superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose missions in life alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime.

Blossom is the confident and courageous leader of The Powerpuff Girls.

The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches are a cute superhero school lunch! Make sandwich art for kids that's full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Bubbles is the second of The Powerpuff Girls known as “The Joy and the Laughter.”

The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches are a cute superhero school lunch! Make sandwich art for kids that's full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Buttercup is the third of The Powerpuff Girls known as “The Toughest Fighter.”

The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches are a cute superhero school lunch! Make sandwich art for kids that's full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

I had so much fun making sandwiches from The Powerpuff Girls! Here’s how I did it…

What you’ll need to Make The Powerpuff Girls Sandwiches:

  • A large round cookie cutter (I used a thermos – it worked just as well as a cookie cutter)
  • bottle caps for cutting small candy into circles
  • Salt-Water Taffy
  • Mini OREO Cookies
  • Provolone Cheese (Bubble’s hair)
  • Cheddar Cheese (Blossom’s hair)
  • Sushi Sheets (Buttercup’s hair)
  • Olives (mouth)
  • Strawberries
  • 1 Red Fruit Roll-Up
  • wax paper

The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches are a cute superhero school lunch! Make sandwich art for kids that's full of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

The main challenge I faced when making The Powerpuff Girls sandwiches, was how to come up with a way to make their eyes. I was so happy with the way the taffy worked! I got a bag of taffy at my grocery store which had all of the colors I needed.

How to make eyes:

  1. Scrape the white filling out of a mini OREO.
  2. Find a white piece of taffy and roll it out thin with a rolling pin.
  3. Cut out a circle shape with a bottle cap. My taffy had red or black taffy in the white ones, but I just cut around the color.
  4. Do the same with a colorful piece of candy for the girl’s eye color. You can use a red fruit roll-up for the red eye.
  5. Now take a small piece of white taffy, roll it into a ball and flatten it out for the eyeball. Gently lay it on the Oreo wafer. Add some water on the back for it to stick.
  6. Add the OREO to the colorful round candy shape.
  7. Then roll out the white shape a little more with your rolling pin to make it larger than the colorful circle. Then add the rest of the eye onto the white circle. Set it aside on wax paper while you make the other eye.

Once you have the eyes finished, cut your bread into a circle, make your sandwich and add the eyes to the top.

Decorate the rest of the face with cheese or sushi sheets for the hair, then attach half of an olive for the mouth with a bit of cream cheese.

I used strawberries for Blossom’s bunny ears.

The Powerpuff Girls turned out super cute! This would make any little girl’s day at school.

Girl Power rules! Be sure to check out The Powerpuff Girls trailer below and stream on Hulu anytime!

 

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4 Organic (and affordable) Lunch Snacks

We’re working with O Organics to bring you some quick, healthy, organic, good-for-you snacks to pack in your school lunches this year!

I love how many options for buying organic are out there and I especially appreciate the brands making it easier and more affordable to buy better food for my family.

A little bit about O Organics:

O Organics offers a wide assortment of delicious organic products, all certified to the highest organic standard.

  • USDA certified organic
  • O Organics is available exclusively at Albertsons and Safeway stores. There are over 400 product offerings!

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Our favorite?

We eat apples by the dozen at our house. I usually have almond butter and honey out for dipping. We tried the Apple Fries with Cinnamon. It took me about 5 minutes to bust this out when they got home from school. It’s a HIT!

That face on the left? That’s literally the first bite she tried and realized how yummy it was. She proceeded to tell me that it was better than every other fruit dip I’ve made. Homemade almond butter, toffee dip, you name it, she liked this better.

The only tweak we made to the recipe? We used Greek vanilla yogurt instead of regular vanilla yogurt. It was so yummy! This little treat is going into our permanent rotation.

You can find O Organics in any of these grocery stores:

  • Albertsons
  • Safeway
  • Vons Pavilions
  • Randalls
  • Tom Thumb
  • Acme
  • Star Market
  • Shaws
  • Carrs / Safeway
  • Market Street
  • Amigos

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of O Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.