Do you struggle to come up with new ways to send lunches to school for you kids?
I decided to look to breakfast foods as a little inspiration. At first, I thought that most breakfast foods would be hard to pack, but I figured out a few options that have worked really well for my kindergartener. These are our favorite five breakfast inspired lunches for kids.
In my family, we wait until the last second to crawl out of bed.
That means that there are mornings when we get up at 7:10 and we have to leave by 7:50.
But, with our breakfast inspired lunches, I’ve perfected getting breakfast on the table for my kids while packing their lunch boxes for the day too. Honestly, having a few combinations that I know will work in my kid’s lunch boxes makes all the difference for getting things prepped quickly in the morning.
The Grocery List for Breakfast Inspired Lunches for Kids
Protein & Dairy
- Turkey Bacon
- Turkey Sausage (or veggie sausage)
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Choibani Greek Yogurt
- Whole Wheat Waffles
- Whole Wheat Bagels
- Whole Grain Cereal
- Banana Muffins
- Maple Syrup
Once You have all of the ingredients ready to go, it takes minutes to put together these lunches which all have a carb, protein, veggie, fruit, and dairy.
We love our lunch boxes, called YumBox, that help with portion sizes and stay nicely sealed (but are still easy for little ones to open the latch on their own!). These lunches are designed to fit nicely into a YumBox & have one of each food group, but these can be used with any lunch box!
5 Breakfast Inspired Lunches for Kids
Lunch #1: Waffle Dippers
Toast a Whole Wheat Waffle and cut into long strips (dippers)
Serve with 1 turkey sausage patty (or veggie patty), berries, & steamed carrots mixed with cinnamon, 1 Chobani Tube, & maple syrup for dipping.
Lunch #2: Bagel Bites
Toast half of a whole wheat bagel. Cut that into fourths when it cools. Cover with peanut butter (or any spread) and place bagel pieces together to make two small sandwiches.
Serve with hard boiled egg, melon, 1 Chobani Tube & carrots and hummus.
Lunch #3: Yogurt Parfait
Send 2 Chobani Tubes or squeeze into a container beforehand.
Serve with granola (cherrios are pictured above because that was my toddler’s choice of cereal!), berries, cheese cubes, & cucumber slices.
Lunch #4: Banana Muffins
Bake Banana Muffins for the week to serve as snacks, breakfast, or for lunch. Send 1 muffin or 2 mini muffins for lunch.
Serve with turkey bacon, sliced apples with peanut butter for dipping, baby carrots, & 1 Chobani Tube.
Lunch #5: Mini Pancakes
Make Pancakes at the beginning of the week and save one pancake to send for lunch. Cut into fourths to make triangles for dipping.
Serve with 1 turkey sausage, oranges, steamed carrots with cinnamon, 1 Chobani Tube, & syrup for dipping.
By having a few go-to menus for your child’s lunches, you’ll cut down on prep time and help avoid burning out on eating the same lunch each day!