6 Easy School Lunch Ideas that are No Fuss

If you’re like me and need kids lunch inspiration here are 6 easy school lunch ideas that are no fuss and take very little effort. I am not the mom that cuts sandwiches into cute shapes and makes art out a bento box. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in awe of the moms who do (you guys rock) but, in gentle honesty, I couldn’t be bothered.

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Easy School Lunch Ideas

I know back to school is right around the corner, but it won’t be long now where you’ll be stuck for lunch ideas.

It happens to all of us, we have the best of intentions, but we get stuck in our own routine.

That’s where I come in.

Do you have a great lunch idea that you want to share? Let me know your favorite kid’s school lunch in the comments.

Easy Kids Lunch Ideas

Easy kids lunch ideas - Welch's Fruit Snacks beside a healhy cinnamon roll muffin in a PlanetBox with baby carrots in the background.

Here are 6 easy school lunch ideas that I’ve personally packed for my son.

It’s easy enough to make swaps to suit your child. Swap a vegetable for a vegetable, fruit for a fruit, and if your child loves sandwiches as much as my son does – add their favorite instead of the options I listed below.

I will add that you don’t have to come up with new lunches every single day, that adds to mommy burn out. Swap one or two of the foods and trust me, the kids are happy with that.

Lunch 1

Easy school lunch idea 1 - Welch's Fruit Snacks, turkey sandwich on gluten free bread, baby carrots dipped in hummus in a Planetbox Bento box for kids school lunch.
  • Turkey sandwich
  • Carrots
  • Hummus
  • Welch’s® Fruit Snacks in Mixed Fruit.

Lunch 2

Snap peas, chickpea crackers, pickle, turkey roll up, string cheese, Welch's Fruit Snacks, and raspberries in a healthy bento box lunch.

Growing up, this would have been my favorite. I personally love the “snack style” lunches with crackers, meat, and cheese.

  • Peas
  • Crackers
  • Deli meat roll-ups
  • Dill pickle
  • String cheese
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks in Mixed Fruit.
  • Raspberries

Lunch 3

Energy bites, Welch's Fruit Snacks, blueberries, carrots, turkey sandwich on gluten free bread, drinkable yogurt in a PlanetBox bento box. #lunchideas
  • Drinkable yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks in Berries ‘N Cherries
  • Turkey sandwich
  • Carrots
  • Energy bites

Lunch 4

Simple and healthy school lunch idea - popcorn, sliced cucumbers, raspberries, Welch's Fruit Snacks, turkey roll ups, and string cheese in a Planetbox bento box for school lunch.
  • Popcorn
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks in your favorite flavor variety
  • Cucumbers
  • Raspberries
  • String cheese
  • Turkey roll up

Lunch 5

Perfect kids lunch idea - A bento box with baby carrots, Welch's Fruit Snacks, healthy muffin, hard boiled egg, snack bite, and cheese string.

Okay, there’s a face here but I swear that happened by accident (and I was super excited when it did).

  • Cinnamon roll muffin (the “frosting” is Greek yogurt and a little bit of sugar).
  • Carrots
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks in Berries ‘N Cherries
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Energy bites
  • String cheese

Lunch 6

Easy school lunch idea 6 - Planet Box bento box with carrots, cucumbers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, and sun butter and jam wrap.
  • Sunflower butter and jam roll-ups
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks in your favorite flavor variety
  • Cucumber and carrots
  • Apple sauce
  • Energy bites

Bento Box Snack Ideas

In addition to the typical sandwich, wrap, or stuffed pita here are some snack ideas for recess.

Welch’s Fruit Snacks 

Whenever my son has Welch’s Fruit Snacks in his lunch, I’m the hero of the day. They’re one of my favorite choices for back to school. They’re a treat for my son and they’re made with real fruit which makes them so delicious!

Welch's Fruit Snacks for easy school lunches

Fruit is the first ingredient in this snack time favourite and with it having natural flavours and colours is one less thing I have to think about. They’re gluten free too! They’re the only fruit snack we ever have in our house.

Veggie of Choice

A house rule with kids school lunches is that there have to be vegetables, but they get to choose it. Some of my son’s common vegetables for school lunches include:

  • Carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers

Popcorn or Tortilla Chips

I will add some air popped popcorn or tortilla chips for a fun crunch for bento-style lunches.

Other options you can add are crackers, pretzels, and roasted chickpeas!

Muffins/Breakfast Cookies

I will add the odd homemade muffin or breakfast cookie. I say breakfast cookie because I don’t add sugar to them, so they fuel my son while giving him a treat.

Try these: Blueberry Breakfast Bars

or these Almond butter balls (substitute sun butter if it’s a nut free school). 

Dipping sauce

It’s not often my son brings a sauce to school with him (he’s not as into dips as I am) but when he does, he likes hummus or guacamole. Guac can be tricky since it turns brown, but you can buy individually packaged ones that make it easier.

Another good dip to add to lunches is ranch dressings, most kids love it (but for some reason mine doesn’t), and it just may encourage them to eat their vegetables!

You can find out where you can purchase Welch’s Fruit Snacks here.

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20 comments on “6 Easy School Lunch Ideas that are No Fuss”

  1. I love the idea of popcorn in the lunch. My boys need some new ideas for lunches and these are ones that I like.

  2. I love your lunch trays! We do low sugar in our home and no dyes. Do these Welches have dyes and do you know how much sugar is in them? I am sure my kids would enjoy them!

  3. Thanks for sharing these! We’re going to need them soon! I loved our year in Utah with school lunches provided by the school! haha

  4. I love these options. So great. I know sometimes we struggle with what to pack our kids and with 6 in school it gets tough sometimes!

  5. My kids love Welch’s Fruit snacks and always request this brand because they taste good. They love grape the best!

  6. So many healthy and yummy options! Lovely ideas. Will for sure need to use some as the time is quickly approaching!

  7. I like all these great lunch ideas. I do something very similar for my kids when they decide to take home lunch. They love Welch’s fruit snacks as well.

  8. I need to get some of these little organizer bins. My kids go through way too many plastic bags.

  9. When my girls bring lunch to school, we tend to run out of ideas quickly. I’m grateful for the ideas! We will definitely use some of these.

  10. You have such a great list of ideas for school lunch that I cannot even think of anything to add to your list. These are brilliant and easy enough for me to whip up for the kids no matter how busy I am. Love this resource for back to school lunch ideas.

  11. I am loving all of these lunch ideas. I want to make them for myself even though I work from home. Welch’s fruit snacks are the only ones we ever buy.

  12. Good to see you are up to healthy options. It looks tidy and delicious. Welch is one of my all time faves.

  13. Love all these lunch options! Such great choices for kids! Also love how you’ve organized everything!

  14. I love those lunch trays! Would it be wrong to get one for myself to have at home? Your lunch ideas are perfect! My favorites would definitely be the snack style ones. I do those for myself all the time and Walter loves them too. He is not quite old enough for Welch’s Fruit Snacks yet but once he starts school, you can bet he’ll get to have some! I love that they’re made with real fruit. (They still make an appearance in our home even though Walter is too little. My daughter and son in law like taking them sometimes in their lunches too! 😉 )

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