It’s Back to School Lunch Time!

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA  

Packing your child’s lunch with creative and fun foods is the best way to ensure they’ll enjoy a well-balanced meal. Whether you’re prepping a “mommy & me” lunch or packing it to-go, here are a few ways to keep it fun!

  • Aim for color. Add eye catching foods like red grape tomatoes, star fruit, baby carrots & dip, guacamole & chips and whole grain breads.
  • Use Bento Boxes. This framework for your child’s lunch differentiates foods in each box and makes lunch fun & exciting.
  • Use Leftovers. Kids have favorite dinners that pack well in plastic containers or thermoses like pasta and meatballs or homemade soup.
  • Stuck in Sandwich-ville? Wrap it up instead, make pinwheels or roll-ups with their favorite ingredients like peanut butter & banana.
  • Get them in the mix! Involving your kids in lunch prep increase the likelihood that they’ll eat it!


Eat Well tip: Well-timed snacks can help prevent crankiness and irritability and help prevent overeating at mealtime.

  • String Cheese & crackers– a tasty protein & energy packed snack
  • Sliced apple rings with peanut butter & dark chocolate chips
  • Single serve hummus cup with baby carrots
  • Mini Cracker sandwiches: Two crackers filled with cream cheese & strawberries