Even though you might not want to hear it (or maybe you do!), back to school is right around the corner. We still have about 4 weeks left but half the summer break is definitely behind us. One thing I hear often from moms is that they really don’t enjoy packing lunches. I know it can become tiresome trying to think of different options each week but I actually love packing my kids’ lunches with healthy foods If you like lists and being organized, you will love what’s coming! This fun Printable Lunch Planner (shopping list and lunch packing list) might be something that will help you stay organized and enjoy packing school lunches more. You can use this free printable throughout the school year and I’ll even give you a quick list of healthy lunch ideas my kids enjoy.
Printable School Lunch Planner
To make life a little easier, I have actually designed the lunch list page for you! This Printable School Lunch Planner has a section for your grocery list and the other part is where you will write down what will be in your child’s lunch each day of the week. This will save you from scrounging through your pantry every single morning wondering what you are going to pack!
This Printable School Lunch Planner will help you stay organized and make packing lunch for you or your children so much easier. All you have to do is print it off. Go ahead and print a handful off so you will have them handy for your weekly lunch planning.
Healthy Lunch Ideas For Kids
Here are a few healthier lunch items that my kids really do enjoy:
- Sandwiches are your classic lunch cornerstone. You can start with your traditional lunchmeat sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and you can get as creative as slices of brie and pear.
- Turkey and cheese tortilla wrap or almond butter and banana tortilla wrap. Grab a pack of wraps and you can make different kinds for each day of the week.
- Salad sandwiches such as tuna salad, egg salad, salmon salad, and chicken salad are easy to prepare the night before. Just use a piece of lettuce on each side to keep the bread from getting soggy.
- Cheese sandwiches with avocado, sprouts, and/or cucumbers are also delicious for variety.
- Experiment with sandwich alternatives such as bagels, pita pockets, or burritos to freshen up your lunchbox meals.
- Here is another fun idea if your child would rather not have bread…grab some cheese sticks and some lunch meat (we love the nitrate free kind). To prepare: lay out some lunch meat and wrap the cheese stick up in the meat for a simple cheese and turkey or ham roll! You can leave it as is or even cut in into bite size pieces.
- Try unusual protein options such as protein dips like hummus, black bean dip, and nut butters.
- Tofu diced plain or cooked up in many different ways is another popular lunchbox choice at my house.
- Baked stuffed potatoes are a delicious lunch that you can throw in to cook with dinner the night before.
- Boiled eggs can be a fun way to get out of the normal lunch routine.
- Fruit (Go ahead and slice up apples for the week or peel oranges…maybe even cut up grapes. Keep in an air tight container and just grab a handful each morning.)
- Veggies– I love grabbing carrot chips or a few bell peppers slices. Add a few veggies into your child’s lunch (include a dip if they like that too).
- For snack purchase popcorn, veggie chips and trail mix too!
I hope this School Lunch Planner Printable will help you stay organized. It also helps you keep track of what your child has eaten for the week. Let us know of any fun lunch items that you like to pack in your child’s lunch! Tag us in your lunch box photos @familyfocusblog.