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 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.