12 healthy, delicious back-to-school lunchbox ideas

12 healthy, delicious back-to-school lunchbox ideas

(Courtesy Holley Grainger)

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you're in as much disbelief as I am that the summer is nearly over, you're in good company. Before we know it, we'll be deep into fall and the back-to-school grind, or at least school kids, college students, and teachers will. But for some reason, this transition affects everyone.

This time of year is stressful: preparing for school, preparing for changes, seeing your kids grow up, and getting back into a different routine.... even if Mother Nature doesn't follow suit. If the thought of having to pack lunches again adds to this stress, then I've got some lunchbox inspiration that will help ease that stress.

These are quick and easy lunch box ideas that will make your life easier and make your kids happy. Plus, they're all from registered dietitians, so you know that these lunch boxes will nourish your kids to help them learn in school, play, and feel good.

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi

—via Lauren Harris-Pincus, registered dietitian nutritionist, founder of Nutrition Starring YOU and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club

2. Pancake PB Banana Sandwich and 10 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

—via Melanie Flinn, registered dietitian nutritionist, food blogger at Nutritious Eats

3. 25 Favorite Lunchbox Ideas from Real Moms & Dads

(Photo: Holley Grainger)
(Photo: Holley Grainger)

—via Holley Grainger, registered dietitian

4. Superhero Lunchbox

—via Betsy Ramirez, registered dietitian nutritionist, food and lifestyle blogger at Betsy’s Kitchen

5. Kiddo Caprese Kabobs

—via Sarah Pflugradt, registered dietitian, of Salubrious RD blog

6. 3 Ingredient Yogurt Pouches

—via Betsy Ramirez, registered dietitian nutritionist, food and lifestyle blogger at Betsy’s Kitchen

7. On-the-Go Lunch Ideas

—via Lauren Manaker, registered dietitian nutritionist, owner of Nutrition Now

8. Healthier Lunchable Lunchbox

—via Holley Grainger, registered dietitian

9. Spinach Banana Waffles

What kid wouldn't want waffles in their lunchbox?

—via Kristen Smith, registered dietitian, 360 Family Nutrition

10. No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

—via Betsy Ramirez, registered dietitian nutritionist, food and lifestyle blogger at Betsy’s Kitchen

11. Easy Tuna Edamame Salad

(AD) Don’t let the fish counter scare you away from buying seafood at the supermarket! 🐟 🛒 As you’re working on eating the recommended 2 servings of seafood a week, keep in mind that there are multiple places throughout supermarkets that you can buy fish. ✔️Fish Counter: 🎣 This is where I go when I know I’m going to make fish within a day or two of grocery shopping. If any of our favorite fish is on sale, I often buy it fresh and freeze it for another week. ✔️Sushi Station: 🍣 Many supermarkets have separate sushi counters where you can buy freshly made sushi, which is perfect for a meal on the run. ✔️Freezer Aisle: ❄️ You can find frozen fillets of fish in most supermarket freezer sections, and many brands have pre-seasoned fish or frozen fish meals that can be cooked quickly and easily. Frozen seafood is just as good for you as fresh, and can be saved for up to 6 months. Look for a certification such as Best Aquaculture Practices or Marine Stewardship Council on the bag. ✔️Shelf Stable: 🥫Canned tuna is a staple in many people’s pantries, but there are many other types of fish like salmon, sardines, and anchovies that come in cans, pouches, and tins and make for quick, easy, and budget-friendly meals. This Tuna Edamame Salad is just one example – get the recipe here ➡️ ✨ https://jessicalevinson.com/easy-tuna-edamame-salad/✨ (clickable link @jlevinsonrd). — Do you have a favorite type of seafood to buy? Share w me in the comments below! . . . #Seafood2xWk #eatmorefish #cannedfish #freshfish #frozenfish #buyingfish #supermarketfinds #omega3s #seafood #seafoodlover #familymeals #feedingthefamily #feedingkids #kidfriendly #momapproved @seafoodnutritionpartnership

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—via Jessica Levinson, registered dietitian nutritionist, culinary nutrition expert and author of 52-Week Meal Planner

12. 125 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

—via Holley Grainger, registered dietitian

Now you've got a year's worth of healthy lunchbox ideas for your kids. Hopefully, this will help you keep your child nourished, as well as happy, with what they're eating.

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About the Author: Rebecca Clyde -------------------------------

Rebecca is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in helping women find happiness and feel comfortable in their skin by empowering them to nourish their minds and their bodies. She also works tirelessly to help people reject the unrealistic and dangerous expectations for women to look a certain way and enjoys helping women improve their body image. She runs a Salt Lake City-based nutrition business nutrition business. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and her free, private Facebook support group for food and health inspiration. You can also download her complimentary list of healthy foods to save you hours in the kitchen each week. - - - - - -

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