With back-to-school season approaching, now's the time to start mentally preparing for getting into a routine, helping kids with their homework and prepping and packing a whole hell of a lot of school lunches.
It can be hard to keep up with kids' ever-changing taste buds, especially when you're trying to keep their meals balanced. Last week, they couldn't get enough of ham sandwiches. This week, they'd like to live exclusively on cookies… We get it. But don't worry. These lunches are tasty and balanced and provide a variety of fruits and vegetables.
We've also made sure they're simple to prepare and pack since the last thing parents need is to spend hours crafting meals that are just going to get tossed around in a backpack. Even if your child has dietary restrictions, this list provides options that can easily be made vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and more. We can't, however, guarantee they won't swap with the kid who brings candy for lunch. You're on your own there.
A version of this article was originally published in September 2017.