Start the School Year With Simpler, Better Lunches

Packing lunches ranks right up there with “getting kicked in the face” on my list of “crappy ways to start the morning.” I’m not sure why I detest it so much, but perhaps it has something to do with getting my kids to focus on the healthy part instead of haranguing me about how many M&M’s they can pack for dessert. Turns out, asking the internet for help is no less mentally exhausting.

With advertising disguised as blog posts and falling down rabbit hole after rabbit hole of creative ways to cut a damn sandwich, it’s easy to come away more discouraged than when you started.

So in the interest of taking the headaches out of your lunch research, here are 6 simple posts (which amount to literally hundreds of ideas) that don’t make me want to buy an industrial crate of Lunchables and call it a day.

30 Days of Lunchbox Recipes: No Repeats! via Peanut Blossom (bonus: they’re all peanut free!)

31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas via 5 Dollar Dinners

One Whole Month of School Lunch Ideas for Kids via Super Mommy Club

A Full Year of Lunch Packing Ideas via What Lisa Cooks

Every “back to school” post on One Hungry Mama

For the aspirational among us:

Amanda’s Kids Lunch Column via Food52 (yes, I know she feeds her kids smoked salmon and chive flower sandwiches, which they allegedly eat, but well, the pictures are pretty and I like her philosophy…)

You can also follow our brand new Pinterest board Beyond PBJ where we’ll continue to find lunch inspirations you’ll actually find useful. Promise.