Get ready for back to school meal planning with these healthy and fun recipes, meal ideas, and tips for kids of all ages.
*Originally published September 2017. Updated August 2019*
After a speedy summer, it’s time once again to head back to school!
With the rush to buy notebooks, crayons, markers, and new backpacks, we almost forget to prepare school lunches and snacks in advance. As you know, when back to school meal planning and prep are left for the last minute, meals are rarely as healthy and nutritious as they could be.
While I have been sharing back to school posts on my Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds, it was time to update this post, as I do every year, with the latest recipe ideas and everything you need to make balanced meals for kids.
Charlotte & Sabrina ready for their first day of Kindergarten in 2017!
My girls just started Kindergarten – wow, where did the time go?! – and now they are responsible for bringing snack and lunch to school every day. That means more for this momma to plan, and I know I am not alone.
I hope this back to school meal planning roundup helps you feed your kids well (and safely) before, during, and after school and inspires you to think outside of the (traditional) lunchbox!
20 Healthy Fast Breakfast Ideas For Busy School Mornings @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Favorites! @ The Spicy RD
Healthy Breakfasts to Get Out the Door in the Morning @ Jessica Levinson
30 (Healthy!) Grab & Go Breakfasts @ Byte Sized Nutrition
40+ Quick & Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School @ Jessica Levinson
10 Ways to Get Kids Cooking Breakfast @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
5 Quick, Easy, & Healthy School Lunch Ideas + 40+ Recipes to Try @ Jessica Levinson
15 Fun Ideas for Lunch Boxes @ Real Mom Nutrition
5 Doable Bento Box Lunches @ Make Healthy Easy
The Low-Stress Guide to Packing School Lunch @ Kitchen Explorers by Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN
125+ Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids @ Holley Grainger, MS, RD
Fridge Worthy School Lunch Cheat Sheet @ Katie Cavuto, RD.
Healthy Back to School Hacks and Lunches Kids Actually Want to Eat @ Kiss in the Kitchen
Healthy School Lunch Ideas: 20+ Sandwich Spreads @ Family Food On the table
30+ Freezer-Friendly School Lunch Foods @ Back to the Book Nutrition
30 Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas @ Physical Kitchness
Cracker Stackers: 5 Fixes for Healthy Lunches @ Teaspoon of Spice
Building a Balanced Lunch Cheat Sheet @ Kiss in the Kitchen
8 Lunch Box Hacks to Make Life Easier @ Real Mom Nutrition
School Lunch Gear Guide @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
3 Sandwich Free Kid Friendly Lunch Box Ideas @ Love & Zest
Don’t Stress Over School Lunch @ Mom to Mom Nutrition
5 Tips for Packing Better Lunches @ Aggie’s Kitchen
4 Tips for Packing a Nutritious School Lunch @ The Foodie Physician
In Praise of Boring Packed Lunches @ Real Mom Nutrition
10 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas @ Nutritious Eats
What Nutritionists Pack Their Kids for Lunch @ Food Network’s Healthy Eats
School Lunch: How to Teach and Train Your Child to Make Healthier Choices @ The Nourished Child
50 Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less @ Back to the Book Nutrition
Dinner: How To Just Do It! 10 Tips @ Champagne Nutrition
20 Easy Healthy Back-to-School Dinner Ideas @ Jeanette’s Healthy Living
25 Healthy Back-to-School Dinner Ideas @ Key Ingredients
After School Snacks
14 Kid Friendly Gluten Free Snack Bites @ Cotter Crunch
Favorite Kid Friendly Healthy Snacks @ Healthy Ideas Place
10 Healthier After School Snacks @ 360 Family Nutrition
25 Simple Food Allergy Friendly Snacks @ C it Nutritionally
Healthy After School Snacks @ Liz’s Healthy Table
Back to School Food Safety
5 Food Safety Tips for Your Lunch Box @ The Kitchn