Packing lunch can be a drag and quite the balancing act: something healthy, something fast, and something fast. To help you break out of that pb&j rut, turn to Instagram! This collection of social snappers have amassed huge followings just by snapping pics of what they do every day: packing their kiddo's lunch box. You’ll find aspirational shots here (we’re talking museum quality food art) as well as totally doable every day lunches. Click on for some help on how to beat the lunch game.
Weelicious gives you a close up look at her kid’s bento boxes: they are jam-packed, well balanced, and are quick and simple to pull together. She also lists every item in the box on her caption, which means you don’t have to go hunting down a recipe. Just pull out what you have and get packing.
Kids of all ages, including teens, need lunches. Avoid eye rolls and fights with these uber chic and uber healthy meals from an NYC-based healthy coach and chef. All the food is gluten free and dairy free and you can find every recipe on her blog. It’s eye catching, healthy, and will help your once-little one get through long days.
Grace Hall is the UK mom behind this fun account. The food here is healthy and fun but completely accessible. With Hall’s recipes and tips, you’ll be able to pack fast bento lunches for your kids that are creative and delicious. (And you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen fussing over details!)
This kiddo must be the most popular kid in the lunchroom! We love Lunarbell Lunch for the themed lunch ideas, like the Frozen one pictured here. The main is always the star, like this Olaf creation, and it’s balanced out by a combo of fresh fruits and veggies and store bought ingredients. Use this account for inspiration (vs guided recipes) and make it match whatever your kid is into these days.
The name says it all: go here for daily inspiration of what to pack in that lunchbox. The meals are well balanced and you don’t need a recipe: you can clearly spot sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. They’re packed with minimal adulteration and just a few quick and easy flourishes (like writing a message on a banana peel!). Check it out every night as you pack tomorrow’s lunch.
LeeSamantha started turning food into art back in 2008 as a way to help her daughters eat healthy meals. Since then, her account has taken off and she has more than 700,000 followers tuning in to see what whimsical story she’s telling with her stunning and delicious creations. Though you may not have the time to turn every lunch into a masterpiece, it is a beautiful reminder to have some fun with your food.
This account is run by an ex exec turned mom chef, fitness instructor, and holistic health coach. You’ll find lots of healthy and accessible lunch box ideas here with no recipes or creative mind required. And she lists every item in her caption, so you can build your own lunchbox depending on what your kid likes to much on. We love it because it’s accessible without being boring or monotonous.