For most of us, half the battle in preparing lunchboxes for kids or for the daily commute to work is just trying to find some inspiration and ideas in order to avoid boredom that quickly creeps in by eating the same food day in and day out, fun and new lunchbox ideas can be hard to come up with.
Not preparing meals like lunches ahead of time can lead to buying food-on-the-go which will oftentimes be more expensive than having prepared food in advance at home. It also means that you are more likely to buy more unhealthy foods such as quick and easy fast foods which will take its toll on your overall well being over extended periods of time and set up unhealthy habits.
Well, you’re in luck today as I’ve got 20 great summer lunchbox meal ideas for you to try out. They range from simple finger foods to the more elaborate main meal recipes that may require a little extra time in preparation but are certainly worth the effort.
Here are 20 great lunchbox meal ideas for you to try. They include delicious and nutritious ingredients that will get you and the family excited about your weekly packed lunches. Even better, these meal ideas don’t involve complicated recipes and won’t require you to be in the kitchen for hours on end!
Wraps are loved by the majority and are so versatile in what you can include as main ingredients. They are a great alternative to the everyday sandwich and can be made very quickly and easily.
To avoid any spillage in your lunch box or bag, especially if your wrap includes any kind of dressing, you can roll your food wrap in plastic wrap before placing it into your lunch box or bag.
The following wraps provide options for meat-lovers, and those following a vegan, gluten-free, and keto lifestyle.
Meal Prep Bowls
Meal prep bowls are meal prep at its finest! They are super convenient for making wholesome meals ahead of time, ensuring that your week ahead is packed more with nutritious eating and less with stress and time pressures.
These four meal prep bowls offer an array of ingredients that will get you excited to start meal prepping your weekly lunches. They require as little as 20-30 minutes to make which is really nothing considering the healthy meal you get to enjoy the following day.
Use a glass container secured by a tight-fitting lid which you can then safely place in an office microwave to heat up if so required.
Lunchbox Finger Foods
Lunchbox finger food is a great addition to snack options during the day. Don’t be deceived…just because these can be considered finger foods does not mean that they are not fulling meals on their own. These are particularly great for your kids’ school lunchboxes. From pinwheels to stuffed cucumber boats, there is bound to be something that will please every family member.
Other Lunchbox Meals
The following lunchbox ideas offer a little more sophistication when it comes to your packed lunch meal preparations. With that said, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they require much more from your time. The mason jar salads, as an example, literally require you to add the ingredients in a specified order into the mason jars and that’s it!
As with any meal taken to school or the office, make sure that you use airtight containers to avoid any unnecessary spillage.
Other Items To Include In the Lunchbox
Apart from your prepared meals, it’s always a good idea to add items such as paper towels, wet wipes, seasoning sachets, toothpicks, and breath mints to your lunch bags!
Say goodbye to lunchbox boredom by trying the recipes from this list. With a little bit of preparation ahead of the new week, you will soon become a lunchbox prep machine without it feeling like a dreaded chore! Preparing your lunch ahead of time also results in extra time throughout the week to focus on other important things and in some instances, a reduced food bill!
What was your favorite lunch box meal idea from this list? Do you have any other ideas that you’ve tried yourself and loved? Let me know by commenting below, I’d love to hear from you!