500+ School Lunch Ideas

When it comes to packing school lunches, a little creativity is needed or your kids will get bored and may end up trading a bag of carrots for a handful of M&Ms. EEK! The list below will help you with school lunch ideas. They’re not all vegetarian, even though that’s all WE will be using, because I know a lot of Slap Dash Mom readers are … gasp… carnivores. :) So, enjoy this list – meat and all – for helping you with delicious and nutritious school lunch ideas. I love that I was able to find vegetarian, vegan, and even allergy-free lunch ideas! Feel free to add your own to the comments.

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500+ School Lunch Ideas

Healthy Lunch, Italian Style (pictured above)

Vegan Lunch Box Ideas from PETA

10 Sandwiches to Spice Up Back 2 School Lunch

REAL Food for School Lunches (LOTS of ideas!)

Printable Food Tags + Lunch Ideas (pictured above)

An Entire Site Dedicated to Vegan Lunches

10 Healthy Brown Bag Lunch Tips

AWESOME School Lunch Ideas (Smoothies, Peanut Butter Balls & More!!)

Baked Corn Dog Muffins

25 Vegetarian Lunches

Cute and Healthy Lunch Box Recipes from Disney Family

Smart Lunch Solutions + Lunch Ideas (pictured above)

Vegetarian + Vegan Lunch Box Ideas

Easter Egg Mini-Lunch (This is cute, I could see sending my kids to school with it!)

LOTS of Lunch Box Ideas (Homemade Lunchables + More!)

7 Vegetarian Lunch Box Recipes

170+ Lunch Box Ideas with Photos (pictured above)

10 Snack Mix Recipes from Cooking Light

Apple Pie Sandwiches

10 GREAT Thermos Lunch Ideas

Cute Sandwich Shapes (pictured above)

Dozens of Healthy Lunch Box Additions

Many School Lunch Ideas (GREAT site!)

365 Bento Ideas!!

Allergy-Free Lunch Box Ideas (SUPER helpful!)

Collection of School Lunch Ideas

Vegetarian School Lunch Ideas

DELICIOUS Looking Lunch Box Meals

List of Lunch Box Ideas by Category (LOVE!)

10 Ways to Switch Up Your Kid’s Lunch

Muffin Tin Lunch Ideas

MORE Vegetarian Lunch Ideas


  1. Melody says:

    I’m bookmarking this! With 2 kids in school with differing ideas on what constitutes as good food, this will come in VERY handy! Thanks, Sadie!
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  2. kelly says:

    Great list to go to when I am out of PB & J this fall. Thanks
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  3. I love all the different ideas! Kids love creative ideas and it’s a great way to keep them interested and wondering what you might pack next!
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  4. Brooke says:

    The carnivores thank you for sharing both sides :P
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  5. Love these!
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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Candace sandwich!
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  7. Thanks for sharing some of our ideas with your readers!! We’ll be checking out your other links for sure!
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  8. What a great list!
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  9. Jamie says:

    I love all of these!
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