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Easy Lunch Ideas Anyone Can Do!

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I say it every year. I have high-reaching ambitions when the kids are heading back to school and I just know that ‘I’m going to send my kids to school with homemade lunches‘ every day. I say this with high hopes of having the time and energy to actually plan out a lunch each day, but this year I’ve made it a priority and the kids have been going to school with a lunch packed by me on a regular basis!

Kids LunchCarrots, raspberries, turkey, peanut butter pretzel balls, Dannon® Danimals® smoothie. Trail mix is also in their lunch bags.

While my kids do still eat school lunch occasionally, but I’m super happy that I’ve been giving them healthy lunches from home as often as possible. I have even been posting pictures on my personal Facebook page to give other parents lunch ideas besides just sandwiches, which can get pretty boring after a while if you ask me (if anyone is interested in having me post these to The Mommy Bunch Facebook page please let me know and I’ll do so).

I always try to include some sort of protein, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and then a fun little treat or snack. Here is a lunch I packed earlier this year that my kids really enjoyed.

Kids Lunch Example

Strawberries & grapes, summer sausage, cheese, pita crackers, pistachios, carrots, peanut butter for dipping carrots and/or crackers, and a little treat (chocolate & raisins).

Recently, the kids have asked for yogurt in their lunch boxes. I am not a huge fan of most of the yogurt products on the market, but I found the Dannon® Danimals® products provide “Only the Good Stuff®” with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, as well as provides a good source of calcium and vitamin D. They are perfect for sticking in lunchboxes (and they just happen to fit in our lunchboxes perfectly). 

Danimals Lunchbox

Since we were heading to Walmart anyway this last weekend, we grabbed some of the Dannon® Danimals® and then had a little fun packing lunches for Monday. We learned that if you find a “Golden Bongo” bottle (located in specially marked packages), you could win a Play60 Field Day for your school with NFL pros! We, of course, had to check all the bottles right away. 


Even though we didn’t see a “Golden Bongo”, we still had tons of fun with these collector’s edition athletes pictured on the bottles. The winning team in our Lunchbox Challenge game got to hop into the lunchboxes. It was super cute and lots of fun to play around – don’t ever say that you don’t get to play with your food. 🙂


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25 Responses to Easy Lunch Ideas Anyone Can Do!

  1. Kara W October 15, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I would love if you could come make me lunch everyday 🙂

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 15, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    These are great ideas. Making a fun lunch for the kids is just another small way of showing them you care.

  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 15, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    My kids normally buy lunch, but I could just as easily whip something like this up for them. They LOVE Danimals.

  4. Sarah Bailey October 15, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    Oh yum what some great lunch time ideas – I would be totally up for eating them myself 😉 x
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  5. Julie George October 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    These look like some great school lunch options! Danimals are a staple item in our house too!

  6. Jeanette October 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    I always have good intentions to make something healthy every day for lunch, SOME days I will confess a fruit doesn’t make it into the lunch. I LOVE your trays for their lunches! SO cute!
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    • Jesica H October 16, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      Thanks, Jeanette. I always had good intentions in the past as well and still do — but I don’t always get around to packing something. 🙂 These trays do help as it makes it much easier to pack everything up.
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  7. lisa October 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    I try to buy healthy items for my kids to take for lunch. I give them different options so they don’t have the same lunch every day.
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  8. Liz Mays October 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    I’m definitely a fan of packing in some Danimals too. Your lunches look so healthy and delicious!
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  9. Annemarie LeBlanc October 16, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Great lunch box ideas! I don’t have small children any more, however, I’d share this with my friends who do. Danimals is a delicious drink children would love to have everyday.
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  10. Ourfamilyworld October 16, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    These are great ideas for school lunches. I will bookmark this for when it’s time for the twins to bring school lunches.
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  11. Uplifting Families October 16, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    These are cute lunchbox ideas for kids. I need to get a bento box before next school year.
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  12. Ann Bacciaglia October 16, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    I am always trying to find new lunch ideas. I will have to try these next week.

  13. Britni October 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Thanks for the great lunch ideas! I get so sick of coming up with lunch ideas. I like that these are simple and not incredibly time demanding.
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  14. Jeanine October 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    So many great ideas! I love lunches like this for my kiddos. I try to do bento style as much as I can, they love it too!
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  15. Chubskulit Rose October 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Kudos to you for making it a priority. I do the same with my kids. MY daughter eats lunch at school once in a while but my son love my packed lunch for hom.
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  16. alexandria waning October 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    what kind of lunchboxes are those? i dont think i saw it in there… great lunches. im weirdly excited for my daughter to start taking lunches.
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  17. Jaime Nicole October 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    This is such a great idea – especially for our little one. She takes lunch every day, so keeping it interesting is an important task every day.
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  18. Margarita Ibbott (@DownshiftingPRO) October 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    I cannot figure out what those cute things are on the rolled up meat. Are they fancy tooth picks? That whole lunch is just too cute.
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    • Jesica H October 18, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      Yes, tooth picks or mini forks — whatever you want to call them, lol. The kids think they are fun and just another thing to make the lunch more interesting for them. 🙂

  19. HilLesha October 17, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    If my son wasn’t such a picky eater, this is something I’d definitely try! It’s definitely a fun way to get kids to eat healthier.
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  20. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly October 17, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    Great lunch box packed with such a fun variety of stuff, no way to get bored with this one!
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  21. Rosey October 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I like those little Danimals jars. They look like they would make lunch way more fun too, esp. for the kids who pack for school.


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