Packed lunches are a convenient and cost-effective way to have a nutritious and delicious meal during the work or school day. We’ve included a free printable with packed lunch ideas that you can hang in the kitchen for easy reminders.
This printable is ideal for young kids who want to be more independent but still need a guideline to follow, or for anyone who loves an easy checklist to pack a nutritious lunch.
Printable Packed Lunch Ideas
To print this free PDF packed lunch ideas, click the image above.
The printable includes 6 categories for the perfect lunch packing strategy. Those categories are protein, vegetable, fruit, dairy, grain, and dessert.
Of course, if you or your child has an allergy simply cross out that category and keep packing!
Some popular packed lunch ideas include salads made with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and your choice of protein such as chicken, tofu, or hard-boiled eggs. Another option is a wrap made with a whole grain tortilla filled with avocado, cheese, and deli meat. For those who prefer a hot lunch, a thermos filled with soup, stew, or chili is a great option.
For those with a sweet tooth, there are also plenty of options for healthy and satisfying desserts. Fresh fruit such as berries or sliced apples with nut butter, yogurt with granola and honey, or a small square of dark chocolate are all great choices. If you want something more substantial, baked oatmeal or a rice cake with peanut butter and banana slices can be a filling and delicious option.
Additionally, you can pack a small container of hummus or guacamole with veggies or crackers for a healthy snack. The key to a successfully packed lunch is to plan ahead and get creative with the ingredients you have on hand.
We hope this packed lunch printable helps you and your little ones organize the perfect lunch packing schedule! Don’t forget to click the image above to print the full PDF.
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