10 Back to School Lunch Recipes Kids Will Love

There are so many back to school posts on products needed for kids such as clothing, books, binders, pens, accessories and more. But what about lunches? What do kids eat? What should they be eating?

If you make lunches as we do in our family there are some essential foods we feel kids need in order to learn and grow. So here’s a roundup list of our favorites found on the web. 

1. Apple Chips

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They aren’t peanut butter cookies but Apple Chips are are a delicious snack easy to make and kids love them. 

2. Cheese String Pencils

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Unique idea for lunches since kids love cheese strings. Why not dress them up? Easy to make and your kids will love you for taking the time. 

3. Zespri Kiwi Pita Packs

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Most parents think apples and bananas but my boys love kiwi and these Zespri Kiwi Pita Packs are delicious! Did you know that kiwifruit provides three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges. Vitamin C keeps kids brains and immune systems strong while it also heals cuts and scrapes from the playground.

4. Garden Pasta Salad

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Who says kids have to take a hot lunch? My boys love salad. So why not dress it up a little by adding vegetables they love mixed with pasta they love. This garden pasta salad is divine and very filling for little tummy’s.

5. Watermelon Stars

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Watermelon is Trace’s favorite. He loves it. So do we. But he likes it better cut out in the shape of stars which are perfect for packing in lunches.  

6. Zespri Sungold Kiwi Cups

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This is a great little snack. Zespri Sungold Kiwi is much sweater than gree kiwi which is my kids love them. Did you know that two kiwifruit contain the same amount of fibre as a bowl of bran flakes and fibre keeps kids tummy’s healthy.

7. Homemade Chocolate Spread

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Yum! That’s all I can say to describe this nut free and school safe recipe. Great for putting on apples or bananas, crackers, bread or celery. It’s truly delicious and easy to make at home. 

8. Pumpkin Gingerbread Snack Bars

Just hearing the title of this next recipes is making my mouth war. Pumpkin is delicious and mixed with ginger and oh my gosh! This is a great and may I mention healthy for kids going back.

9. Lunch On A Stick

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No time for sandwiches? No problem. These lunch sticks can be packed with all your kid favorites such as ham, cheese, fruit, bread bits and veggies. Easy to eat and a big hit with the kids. You can even buy reusable skewers plastic and kid safe.

10. Tortilla Rollups

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A huge favorite in our house, my boys devour these. Trace loves tuna mixed with cut up broccoli. I know he’s a strange kid. JJ loves deviled egg with cut up carrots or celery. But you can fill these little suckers with whatever you want. You can even pre-make them and Ziploc them for the fridge for after school snacks! 

So there you have it. Some great snacks and back to school recipes your kids are sure to gobble up and enjoy. Health and nutritious to help growing brains and bodies is important.

Good luck going to back to school! 

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  1. Michael Lazembie October 17, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I think the watermelon stars were a good idea and MAYBE the cheese pencils but what the heck was this person thinking about that fancy shrimp dish or the kiwi whatever it was. Does this person have kids? Have they even ever been around one? Obviously not!! 99 percent of kids would look at that shrimp dish and say “GROSS!! Also id like to read the note the teachers will automatically send home when you send your child with a pointed wooden stick. Yeah…OKAY!!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author October 17, 2016 at 10:12 am

      My son has taken skewers to school before you can get plastic ones and the dish you are referring to is a kiwi dish and I have two boys who loves kiwi cut like this filled with fruit. There is no shrimp in any of these recipes.

  2. Mike Gismondi September 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Forget the kids’ lunches… I’m making these for MYSELF!

    1. Jodi - Site Author September 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I know right, we never ate like this as kids. I was lucky to get PB & J LOL πŸ™‚

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