Healthy school lunch foods you can make ahead and freeze for the entire week, month, or semester to make those busy mornings so much easier!
Every fiber of my well-rested summer self loathes the return of rushed mornings, car lines, and last minute lunch packing. I tried my best to plug my ears and pretend it wasn’t real but, alas, August is here and the countdown has begun.
So, I figured I better make the best of it by thinking of a few ways to reduce the stress of busy school mornings and, Ta-dah! Make-ahead, freezer friendly school lunches!
Bonus points if you have your kids make these freezer friendly school lunches themselves, which I totally intend to do!
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How To Freeze & Defrost School Lunches
Not all lunch foods freeze well (hello, lettuce). I’ve gathered a list of truly freezer friendly lunch box foods that keep their flavor and texture when frozen and defrosted. I’d suggest making and individually bagging a week or a month’s worth of these at a time (these small paper bags are a nice alternative to plastic!), and then freezing them in larger, freezer safe bags labeled, “Sandwiches”, “Fruit”, etc.
The night before school, just grab one item from each freezer bag and place it in the child’s lunch box with a few raw veggie sticks. Store the packed lunch in the refrigerator and, in the morning, you’re ready to grab and go!
30+ Freezer Friendly School Lunch Foods
Freezer Friendly Sandwiches
Ham and cheese
Turkey and cheese
PB&J (substitute other nut/seed butters for peanut free)
Other Freezer Friendly Mains
Wraps (no lettuce or fresh veggies – instead, send these in a separate baggie and let your child add them at lunch time)
Pita + hummus
Rotisserie chicken meat
Uncured meats (Sopresseta, etc.)
Dry roasted nuts
Freezer Friendly Chips & Crackers
Potato chips (Try these potato chips made with avocado oil!)
Organic tortilla chips
Reduced fat triscuits
Freezer Friendly Fruits
Freezer Friendly Sweet Treats
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars (gluten and dairy free)
Homemade granola (gluten free)
Tropical Coconut Cookies (gluten, grain, and dairy free)
Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars (gluten, grain, and dairy free)
Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Larabars (gluten, grain, and dairy free)
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