Healthy school lunch foods you can make ahead and freeze for the entire week, month, or semester to save time and make those busy school mornings so much easier! Instructions to show you how to do it plus 30+ freezer friendly foods to pack!
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 fresh veggies, fruit, and a healthy packaged snack or treat. 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)
- Chicken salad
- Egg salad
- Grilled Cheese (it will loose it’s crisp, but will still taste great!)
Other Freezer Friendly Main Courses
- Wraps (no lettuce or fresh veggies – instead, send these in a separate baggie and let your child add them at lunch time)
- Pita + hummus
- Tacos or burritos
- Healthy homemade lunchables
- Rotisserie chicken meat
- Hamburger patties
- Hot dogs
- Uncured meats (Sopresseta, etc.)
- Eggs or egg muffins
- Smoothies (Check out these great tips for freezing & packing smoothies in a lunch box)
- Dry roasted nuts or seeds
Freezer Friendly Chips & Crackers
- Potato chips (I like the ones made with Avocado Oil by Kettle or Boulder Canyon)
- Tortilla chips
- Crackers (all kinds)
Freezer Friendly Fruits
- Applesauce cups
- Orange slices
Freezer Friendly Sweet Treats
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars (gluten and dairy free)
- Homemade granola (gluten free)
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Pecan Flour (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)
- Chocolate Chips (I usually buy these gluten, dairy, and soy free chocolate chips by Enjoy Life)
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