Packed Lunches for All Ages

As summer fades and we enter back to school season I want to share some tips for packing lunch for the entire family.

Roasted Red Pepper & Chicken Wrap

Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Wrap

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. These flavorful wraps are sure to appeal to lunchers of all ages in your family.

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The Blueprint

Let’s start with the blueprint for any balanced and nutritious lunch. Choose at least one food from each of the following food groups: Fruits, Veggies, Grains, Proteins, Dairy or Fats. I like this School Lunch Cheat Sheet from Feeding Littles. It offers suggestions for each food group and can be a helpful reference while packing lunch.

Packing Supplies

Do you have all the gear you need? We have compiled a list of useful items here.

Food Safety

Are you wondering how to keep your nutritious packed lunch safe to eat? We have your questions answered here.

Keep it Affordable

For some, it may be difficult to pack lunch at home and stay within budget. If this is the case, be sure to fill out your school meal application to see if your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Regardless of your budget, an ideal packed lunch is easy and affordable. We have some tips here to help with that.

Make Once, Eat Twice

Maximize the time and effort you put into preparing dinner by turning it into lunch for the next day. These recipes make good leftovers.


Many schools have adopted allergy-friendly policies like going nut-free. Be sure to verse yourself in the school’s policy whether your child has an allergy or not. We have an allergy-friendly resource for you here.