Back to School: Simple Lunch Ideas for the Kiddos

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Back to School: Simple Lunch Ideas

Back to school season sends parents into warrior mode. From picking new wardrobes, finding the right books and supplies to planning lunches, things can get a little chaotic. Lunch time is my challenge because I have picky eaters, however, I am using simple lunch ideas and Giant Eagle to help this back to school season run smoothly.

In my house, school does not start for another month. We are homeschoolers and our structured learning time tends to start when our homeschool co-op starts in September. Although we have some time, I am preparing for this school year in many ways like finalizing curriculum and creating a schedule that will help me juggle teaching two kindergarteners while caring for a newborn baby. As homeschoolers, there’s no need for daily packed lunches, but our weekly homeschool co-op days, play dates and field trips require packed lunches and snacks, which means planning ahead.

Giant Eagle offers everything I need to make lunch and snack time simple for my entire family. My most recent trip to the store allowed me to get everything I needed for my simple lunches–ingredients and storage! Busy moms who sometimes shop with kids know finding everything you need in one store is a blessing. It saves us time and a bit of our precious momma energy.

Giant Eagle Back to School Lunch Ideas

Simple Lunch Ideas

One of my current goals is to lessen the amount of sandwiches my kiddos consume. They love the usual grilled cheese, turkey and cheese and PBJ sandwiches, so I decided to take their usual PBJ sandwich and create flavorful wraps that allowed them to have a taste of fruit, grains and protein with every bite. I also want lunchtime to be delicious and fun, so I picked up these items during my trip to Giant Eagle:

  • Natural JIF Peanut Butter
  • Smuckers Fruit Spread
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Giant Eagle String Cheese
  • Oreos
  • Wheat Tortilla Shells
  • Organic Strawberries
  • Storage Containers

PBJ Fruit Wraps

What You’ll Need

  • JIF Peanut Butter
  • Smuckers Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • Thinly Sliced Strawberries and Bananas
  • Wheat Tortilla Shells
  • Knife

Simple Lunch Ideas: PB & J Fruit Wrap

Steps to a Simple Lunch

When I say this lunch is simple, I mean exactly that. It took me all of five minutes to prepare this entire lunch. All you will need to do to prepare a PBJ Fruit wrap is:

  • On a tortilla shell, evenly spread peanut butter on the surface.
  • In the center of the tortilla, spread the fruit spread (or jelly).
  • Place the thinly sliced fruit evenly on the tortilla to assure a bite of fruit in each bite.
  • Roll one edge of the tortilla up and continue rolling until you the entire tortilla is wrapped. (The peanut butter acts like a glue, but you can stick a toothpick in the center to keep it from unraveling.)
  • Cut in half for easy eating.

Simple Lunch Ideas: PB & J Fruit Wrap

The ingredients in the wrap can be swapped with many others, which will allow you to make similar, yet different, simple lunches all week.

Simple Lunch Ideas: PB & J Fruit Wrap

One of my daughters is a huge fan of the everyday PBJ, while the other suddenly stopped liking them. The not so big a fan tried one bite of the wrap and immediately asked for the whole wrap. Her favorite part of the wrap? The fruit. When a kid, especially a four year old, tries something new and likes it, it is always a huge parenting win and makes life just a tad simpler.

How are you making #BacktoSchoolSimple? Follow Giant Eagle on Instagram for more lunch inspiration.

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