Let's be honest here — packing lunches for your kids can feel like a chore. It's definitely easier to hand your child a few bucks for the day, let them buy lunch, and be done with it. But at the same time, I like knowing what my kids are eating; when they bring lunch from home, I feel like they are getting something healthier and are more likely to eat it. Sure, my kids love pizza day at school, but they've told me more than once they "eat most of it and throw the crust, fruit, and veggies away." Great.
But these five Instagram accounts are going to change your mind when it comes to the dreaded task of packing lunch — and your kids may even want to help after they do some scrolling with you.
Get out the cookie cutters! Let's get this party started.
Kelly Lester, the founder of Easy Lunch Boxes, throws together the most appetizing lunches. The company's slogan — "Ready to pack lunches faster? Seriously, it doesn't have to be such a chore." — is right on. Her inspiring photos, which also include family dinners to go, remind us that packing a healthy, quick meal doesn't have to be hard work. Whether you are packing a meal for one or 10, her lunch boxes are worth the small investment.
This Instagrammer goes above and beyond with her whimsical creations for her picky eaters. This eyeball banana sushi is so fun, and an easy way to get your own picky eater to eat fruit. She takes something super simple, like classic PB&J, and makes it extra fun just by removing the crust and throwing in some big plastic bugs (for older kids only — the bugs are a choking hazard, of course.)
A "beary special lunch” by @lunchboxparade ⠀ ⠀ + Rice cake with peanut butter & banana⠀ + StrawBEARies⠀ + Ants on a log⠀ + Orange slices⠀ + Bunny grahams ⠀ ⠀ #planetbox #lunchbox #lunch #planetboxlunch #lunchboxlove #schoollunch #healthykids #school ⠀ #kids #kidslunch #bento #bentobox #lunchboxideas #packedlunch #mealprep #gogreen #ecofriendly #sustainable #nofoodwaste #wastefree #sustainableeatingoctober⠀ ⠀
3. Planet Box
These planet boxes are eco-friendly and are perfect for packing whole pieces of fruit and leftovers — it doesn't get any simpler than that. My son's favorite is this "beary special lunch." It's loaded with fruits, veggies, and protein.
Last night I went outside and it suddenly smelled like fall. Which meant I was thinking about our Easy Oatmeal Apple Bread as soon as we woke up! Snack time can't come soon enough🍎🍎 (Recipe is in the index on my site. I added sliced apples on top since we have so many!) #fallbaking #easybaking #apples #wholegrains #glutenfree #dairyfree
Amy Palanjian serves up healthy meals for toddlers, but really, the whole family can enjoy her creations. She not only includes colorful lunches little ones are sure to enjoy, but her account is also full of amazing recipes like her easy oatmeal apple bread, which is wholesome and can be taken on the go.
This mom of two kids has such inspiring posts, including breakfast for lunch ideas as well as photos of her kiddos helping her out in the kitchen with easy recipes like one-ingredient applesauce. Believe me when I tell you that your kids just need to take one look at this sandwich that was turned into a pumpkin, and they will be excited to get packing.