5 Non-Sandwich Kids' Lunchbox Meal Ideas

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Most moms will agree that getting your kids ready to go back to school can be one of the most stressful times of the year. After a summer full of activities, the annual return to the classroom always seems to sneak up on you—and suddenly, there are a million things to do. Time flies when you're having fun! But when you're running around buying new clothes and school supplies, the last thing you want to worry about is what you're going to pack in your kids' lunches.

So, to make things a little easier on you, we scoured Instagram and rounded up five different lunchbox meal ideas that don't involve any boring ol' sandwiches. Read below to see our picks.


This Instagrammer whipped up some easy-to-make peanut butter energy bites from blogger Gimme Some Oven. The best part is that there's no baking required! Plantain chips and guacamole round out this simple lunch.


This lunchbox idea uses a healthy veggie wrap instead of bread for some yummy chicken salad. We also love all of her ideas for different sides, including fermented carrots, clementines, and a chunk of Lara bar.


The main dish in this lunchbox is protein-packed Greek yogurt topped with honey, hemp seeds, and berries. Who says lunch has to be savory? Carrots, hummus, cherries, and mixed nuts make for a balanced meal.


Sprouted-grain pasta is the star of this lunchbox, mixed with some veggies and black beans for extra protein. This dish is super customizable in that you can add in any of your child's favorites vegetables. Whip up a big batch and use it for more than one lunch!


Instagram user @lunchforlittles packs creamy hummus with a side of pita chips, turkey, and cheese. It's like a deconstructed sandwich! Pretzels, fruit, and some chocolate-covered sunflower seeds complete this lunch.

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