What are your kids' favorite (pre)school lunches

My oldest is headed to preschool Tuesday and I am scrambling to figure out lunches. What are your kids' favorite packed, no-need-to-heat again, no-nut lunches? For context, we are no added sugar, prefer to avoid processed foods eaters. Even though we've tried sandwiches, my son dissects them and only eats the bread. 🤦🏻‍♀️ In an attempt to be prepared for anything that works, I've got a reusable bento box and a double insulated thermos for hot foods.

  • Laura
    Aug 31, 2019

    We do all kinds of leftovers- usually a grain, vegetable, and meat, and then fruit for lunch. And then for snack her favorites are corn on the cob, tomatoes and mozzarella, edamame, black beans, etc. She's more willing to try things at school than at home so I save the easy things like pouches, yogurt, crackers, cheese sticks, etc for when we're home and I'm lazy.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 04, 2019

    I Usually do cheese, pepperoni, crackers (so homemade lunchable) fruit, and a carrot or 2 which I'm hoping he will eat some day. They also make reusable applesauce pouches if you make your own, and you could put yogurt in those as well.

  • Jess
    Sep 04, 2019

    We had the same thoughts when our one year old started daycare and we had to pack lunches. She is such a good eater as far as variety etc and we don’t like sugar/highly processed either... What we ended up doing was getting a dry erase “calendar” and writing a weekly lunch plan on there and that helped with ideas too. Anyway, we do a protein, veggie, fruit and then cheese or bread. Proteins are either left overs or scrambled eggs, chicken, fish quesadilla, etc. For veggies we either make some up for the week like broccoli bites that can be refrigerated. Then fruit and cheese. Put all in bento box with an ice pack.

  • Carly
    Sep 05, 2019

    Get the Bento boxes from Amazon. They are perfect sized, and help keep things separated. Then you just have to fill up each box. lol. We also order from It has been a time saver for sure!! Plus the meals are really good.

  • Vonda
    Sep 06, 2019

    ‘Little Foodie’ and ‘Little Bento’ books by Michele Olivier helped me so much. They are designed like dinners so you just send your child to school with leftovers. One less thing to cook. ;) She lists no-nut on the recipes. And they are no need to reheat. My son loves the slow cooker chicken tagine from ‘little foodie’. A lot of her recipes have become favorite dinners at our house.

  • Suz
    Sep 07, 2019

    Lower sodium corn and flax chips with hummus (homemade or store bought), pea crisps or cucumbers with ranch, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit salad.

  • Natasha
    Sep 07, 2019

    What about cold cuts. Hummus and pretzels. Cheese and deli style meats