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I hope you’ve enjoyed the series this week on school lunches. If you’re packing lunches for even one kid, it’s definitely an additional component of your household life, meal planning, and grocery shopping. I’ve shared actual school lunch ideas here and there over the course of this series, but today I want to give you a whole week of school lunch ideas that you can print, but also a printable you can use in a couple of different ways to make planning school lunches easier.
This #4 in a series on school lunches. Check out the other posts in the series:
School Lunch Ideas
Sometimes we just need to see someone else’s plan to give us some inspiration. Your kids may not love everything I’ve included, and that’s OK! Remember to pack food you know your kids will eat. This plan is meant to help you create semi-balanced meals and work within the framework I shared yesterday.
Another option is to let your pantry and fridge help you plan your lunches. I created this printable for you to list out what you already have so that you can quickly glance at it and see what you’ve got to work with. This is also helpful if your spouse or someone else is helping to pack lunches.
You can also use this printable as a “wish list” for your kids. Give each child their own sheet and let them fill in each category with what they would like to have in their lunch. Maybe you’ve gotten in a rut and forgot how much your child loves salami—this will help you create some variety and give your child ownership in packing their lunch and choosing balanced options.
Still looking for ideas? Here’s an old post from the archives with some more ideas: School Lunch Meal Plans and Recipes.