Realistic Lunch Ideas for Kids: As Seen on Fox 5 DC

I love searching Pinterest for creative project ideas and recipes. What I don’t love are the over-the-top and unrealistic suggestions for parents. You know, the ones that make you feel like a slacker. Who has the time to turn sandwiches into lion faces everyday? I absolutely don’t. So, when I was asked to be on Fox 5 DC’s show Good Day DC to share lunch ideas for kids, I wanted to make sure I shared a variety of creative yet realistic lunch ideas for kids.

First, I stocked up on divided containers to make the preparation simple. I lucked out at the Target dollar bin and found a bunch of character-themed containers. But, you can order these EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (affiliate link) on Amazon.

Then I put together a variety of nut-free ideas. There is no wrong way to do lunch. Anything works, from leftover pasta to meats and cheeses to hard-boiled eggs and even waffles. My best tip is enlist the kids to help. If you wash and prep some fruit, veggies and snacks, then they can easily choose what they want (with supervision) and place them in their boxes. Or you can make several boxes days in advance.

Realistic Lunch Ideas for Kids

Watch the segment to get all of my lunch ideas here:


PS – If you are having an off day or week, there is nothing wrong with allowing your kids to buy their lunch from school. I have been so grateful for this option many times.



Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2009 started a home-based daycare. Nicole has enjoyed success as a small business owner and is a leader within the child care community in Northern Virginia. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and finding herself amid the chaos. She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community and is listed on the blogroll of more than 20 local blogs. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is extremely social and loves connecting on Facebook and Twitter.