10 Sandwich Alternatives for School Lunches

10 Sandwich Alternatives for School Lunches

Sandwich Alternatives for School Lunches

I love a good sandwich but I admit that I get bored of them after a while. I also get bored making sandwiches for my kiddos every single day for their school lunches. I am willing to bet you can relate. I racked my brain trying to come up with easy lunch ideas that would make my kiddos’ school lunches a little more interesting but I could only come up with a few. A quick search of the Internet revealed several other really clever sandwich alternatives for school lunches. I put a list of my favorites together including some healthy lunch ideas, uses of left-overs, and even some cheap lunch ideas.  Enjoy!

Hard Boiled Eggs – Pop a couple of these into the lunch box but be sure to include an ice pack. These are filling and add some protein to the lunch box. Follow the link to find out how to make perfect hard boiled eggs.

Chili – Make a new batch of chili or use your dinner leftovers and put it in a Thermos in your child’s lunch box. Include some Goldfish crackers and some shredded cheese – perfect for a winter’s day.

Soup – You’ll need a Thermos for this idea as well. Once again, you can make the soup especially for lunch or it can be soup that was left over from dinner.

Wraps – One day when I was out of bread I threw my son’s usual sandwich ingredients into a flour tortilla and he loved it. While it was not substantially different from a sandwich, it was just different enough to make that day’s lunch a big hit.

Crackers with Cheese, Tuna, or Sandwich Meat – Most kids love crackers and they also love constructing little mini sandwiches with them. Putting crackers in your child’s lunch not only changes up the lunch box routine, it also makes lunch more fun for your kiddos.

Pasta Salad – There are many different types of pasta salad but you know which type your children prefer. A light and colorful pasta salad can really brighten up your child’s lunch box. Here’s one with ranch!

Hummus and Pita Chips – Hummus is so good for you and kids love to dip, so hummus and pita chips are a sure fire hit for lunch boxes.

Salad – Trust me, if you make a good salad your kiddos will eat it. Check out this link for some great ideas. Greens are so good for your kiddos and they will help them perform better in school than a bunch of simple carbs will.

Bean Burrito – One of my favorite lunches is a good bean burrito. The beans provide protein and fiber which give your kiddos energy and fill them up. Oh, and they taste great!

Potato Salad – Potato salad is not just for cookouts and picnics. If your kiddos like potato salad they will love opening up their lunch box and seeing it inside. Yum.

I plan to make better lunches this school year (and more of them).  How about you? What do you plan to do?

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Comments

  1. Debra Wagner says:

    Those are all wonderful ideas…looks like your kids gets great lunches to take to school!

    • angela massey says:

      creativity and food go great together.. props to your tasty sounding alternative for lunches.. yummy…when ya coming over to fix me my wrap for lunch::))

  2. Thanks for the mention! I posted on my facebook page…great ideas!

  3. Leafy greens aren’t high on my hungry boy’s list of favorite foods. So while I can’t resist a hearty salad at lunch, I dutifully skip the lettuce when it comes to packing his lunchbox. Instead, I go with an avocado mango salad or this Lunchbox Caprese Salad , also with nutrient-rich avocado. Chop everything in small chunks, add nuts or seeds if you’re feeling fancy and serve with fruit, cheese (unless there’s some in the salad) and a little crunchy thing on the side. Better yet, pair your lettuce-free salad with a hearty homemade soup or stew.

  4. Mommy Pamela says:

    Those are pretty nice alternatives to the same old boring sandwich for lunch. Plus they seem a little healthier.

  5. Great ideas! I will be using them for my husband’s lunch ideas. For him if I don’t pack something good he spends money eating out, and that really isn’t in our budget so I’m really happy to have some new ideas. Thanks!

  6. I like the snack for crackes – with cheese or tuna. I especially like the tuna. Its a great alternative to a sandwich could overtime become boring.

  7. Janet W. says:

    I’ve never thought of some of these foods for a school lunch, especially a bean burrito, but why not!? I’ll have to keep these in mind when it’s time to make school lunches for my grandson!

  8. Karen Lynn says:

    Thanks for all the lunch ideas, the more help I can get the better.

  9. Debra Wagner says:

    It is so important to change up the lunch. All i remember getting in my lunch as a little girl was peanut butter sandwich and an apple and sometimes cake! the same thing over and over……never thought about it but i really dont remember getting anything else!

  10. I always had a hard time being able to pack healthy lunches for my son. He always wanted to buy the school lunch or eat Lunchables.

  11. angela massey says:

    Really enjoyed the chili ideas and the wraps for lunch how brilliant!!!!..

  12. Gwendolyn Blunt says:

    I love all of these new ideas as I am always trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to find something creative and not boring. I can also use these ideas for home for my 4 year old as well !

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  17. Amanda W-B says:

    These are awesome ideas! I think I will be shaking up our lunch menu at home because of this list!!

  18. Fantastic list! I often get tired of serving the same ol’ sandwiches to the kids – this is great!

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  20. We have been stuck in a lunchbox rut this year – lots of PB&J. So I am definitely going to use some of the ideas on this list to change things up a bit for my kids’ lunches. Thanks for sharing!

  21. These are great alternatives. We do a lot of non-bread items for lunch. Hard boiled eggs are one of my favorites.

  22. My kiddos have dinner leftovers in their school lunches all the time. A good thermos is all you need. They keep food cold or warm. I just chop things up into bite size pieces and they are good to go. Pork chops, chicken, spaghetti, soup, etc. I’ve even included pancakes cut up into small pieces.

    • I love your lunch ideas! I need a couple new Thermoses since the ones I have now are too “babyish”, lol. I agree, a Thermos is a great thing to have.

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