Sack Lunch Ideas

by Karmel Larson

Every day I make two sack lunches-one for Ben and one for Brig.  Writing the notes are my favorite part!  Last night my ward had an enrichment night on sack lunch ideas.  I thought that I would share the notes from the meeting.


A few things to consider…

  • What can they open? (Paper bag, lunchbox, Tupperware?, Thermos?)
  • What can they eat? (Choking hazard? Allergies?)
  • Are you looking for… health? Convenience? Saving money?


  • Smaller can be easier to eat; less intimidating (Can I eat that WHOLE apple?)
  • Orange cut up “soccer mom” style
  • Ants on a log: celery, peanut butter, raisins
  • Carrot curls (after the peel comes off, keep peeling and pile the peels into a baggie-great option for braces)
  • Peanut butter in apple core
  • Cut out sandwich with cookie cutter (special occasions)


  • Try different breads: tortillas (wraps, quesadillas), bagels, pita, English muffins (pizza!), rolls, crackers, grain breads, bread sticks
  • Refrigerated sandwich filling: for multiple kids: chicken pieces, cheese, mayo, pickle pieces
  • Different fillings: pastrami, sprouts, butter or ranch or mustard or cream cheese in place of mayo, pickles, tuna, egg, peanut butter, pepperoni
  • “Grilled” sandwich?
  • Different cuts: diagonal, straight, many pieces for little kids
  • Pancakes with jam in the middle
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • If sending tuna-butter the bread first and the tuna won’t soak into bread


  • For crackers, pita, veggies, etc.
  • Hummus, ranch, honey, etc.

Food safety

Personal touch

  • Will they help make their lunches? They might eat it if they feel included.
  • Note, joke, picture, sticker

Idea for balance: include drink, fruit/veggie, protein, grain, dessert (optional)

More ideas

  • Pre-bought: mini carrots, string cheese, yogurt, vegetable sushi, jello, applesauce
  • Fruit leather
  • Hummus and chips
  • Dried fruit: raisins, craisins, etc.
  • Burritos
  • Jerky
  • Quick breads made in mini-muffin trays (freeze 4 in mini zip locks-ready to go)
  • Pasta salad, leftovers
  • Granola
  • Strawberries & chocolate chips
  • Rice cakes/crackers, popcorn, pretzels
  • Different fruits: bananas, grapes, cherry tomatoes, etc.
  • Cut up apples (put into zip baggie and then suck out air using a straw-will prevent browning)
  • Boiled egg in shell (can buy mini salt packets at Sam’s club)
  • Hot pockets: buy or make your own (use biscuit recipe for crust)
  • Bake a variety of desserts, pre-bag and freeze for quick access
  • Baby food jars make great, no-leak containers (apples sauce, juices, dips, jellos, salad dressing)