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Tips for Making School Lunches Fun, Healthy, and Easier to Pack!

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School Lunch Tips

School Lunch Packing Tips

Back to school time is right around the corner and in my house, that means lots of school lunches that need to be packed. With 3 children, coming up with yummy lunch ideas that everyone will be happy with 5 days a week can be difficult. The kids, of course, want something tasty and cool, while I need to make sure it’s nutritious and filling enough to nourish them throughout the rest of their school day and keep them on top of their learning game.

We love grabbing some great sectioned out meal containers for the school year so that I can pack a variety of finger food type items each day. The kids like having so many options in their lunch box and I am glad they are having a more nutritious meal than the typical sandwich in a baggy.

To make packing these containers quick and easy every morning, I stock up on healthy snack options every week and have them ready to go for each morning. Fruits and veggies that need to be washed and cut are done on Sunday night and stored throughout the week, while dips, bread, and other grab and go healthy snacks such as Mariani Probiotic Pitted Prunes are lined up next to the fridge. This makes for a streamlined grab, toss, and go morning packing routine.

Lunch Box Ideas

Our Favorite Lunch Box Foods

Prune Filled Sandwich Roll-Ups, for these I take a tortilla, cheese, some lunch meat, and diced up Prebiotic Prunes and roll the tortilla up and slice it into finger sandwich rolls.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches cut with some cool cookie cutter shapes.

Veggies such as baby carrots and cut up celery with some ranch dip.

Fruits such as sliced apples and cantaloupe with a caramel dipping sauce.

Crackers for something crunchy and salty.

Cubed cheese.

Mariani Probiotic Pitted Prunes! These sweet and delicious prunes support overall wellness and digestive health so you can feel better and be your best, which makes for a great snack to help fuel you after lunch. 

School Lunch Snacks

Reasons We Love Mariani Probiotic Pitted Prunes

Probiotic Prunes from Mariani are made using California grown prunes!

Mariani prunes are prebiotic, which the probiotic needs to feed off of. Prunes also have additional vitamins that are great for your health & wellness.

The Ganeden BC30 probiotic in Mariani Probiotic Prunes is unique. They are designed by nature to survive and thrive in conditions other probiotics cannot. By surviving, Ganeden BC30 delivers active probiotics ten times more effective than the probiotics in yogurt.

They are a healthy on the go snack choice that contains Vitamins A, E, B6, B12, and Iron!

Are a great source of fiber, helping reduce abdominal pain and bloating while moving food through the digestive tract.

Learn more about the benefits of Mariani Probiotic Pitted Prunes by watching this video!

School lunch Box ideas

5 Tips for Making Lunch Boxes More Fun

Leave A Note!  Leave a cute note telling your child how much you love them or write up a funny joke to make them smile during lunch time.

Use Cookie Cutters on the Sandwiches!  Sandwiches are a staple in a lot of lunch boxes, make this simple lunch into a cool treat with large cookie cutters.  My daughter loves all her sandwiches cut into heart shapes.

Decorate the Snack Bags!  Using simple plastic baggies for snacks?  Make them extra fun with some wiggly eyes and glitter glue!  It only takes a few minutes to decorate a bunch on Sunday night and have them ready to go for the week ahead.

Include a Little Treat or Trinket Once in a While!  When the kids are having a really good week, or get a great grade, I like to put a small surprise in their lunch box.  Stickers, yo-yo’s, Silly Putty, etc. all make for perfect treats.

Get Cool Food Picks or Make Foods into Pops!  Packing a bunch of small finger foods?  Pack some fun food pics to eat with or create some adorable pops out of the fruit or sandwiches.

School Lunch Box Tips

Grab some Mariani Probiotic Pitted Pruned for Your Lunches!

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School Lunch box treats




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  1. I used to make small finger foods for my kids also! Makes it so much easier to pack and creates a little fun for them!

  2. What a great variety of choices you have for kids school lunch. I am sure kids would always look forward to open this wonderful lunch box. Good to have the probiotic prunes in it.

  3. This is such a clever idea! I love making my son’s lunches and having a fun and healthy twist on them is amazing. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These are some really great tips. Having good snacks can really brighten up the kids day as well!

  5. I hope this year I can get more creative with lunches. I don’t always have the time but it looks like fun!

  6. I am excited for the kids to dive back into learning, but there are some down sides to them returning to school like early mornings. Thankfully, packing lunches doesn’t have to feel like a hardship with great options the kids like eating.

  7. I haven’t tried this brand before, but it looks like they have some great products for lunches. This looks like a yummy lunch idea.

  8. I think the thing I may be dreading most about back to school is lunch. I always feel like I’m not creative enough. These tips will definitely be a big help!

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