School starts up again soon for Mankato area students and other schools around Minnesota have already started. If you're looking for some fun and healthy lunchbox ideas, here's a bunch of them.
Bento-logy: This blog features a different healthy, whimsical bento-style lunch every day.
Shortcut-ables: Here's instructions to make your own little healthier (and cheaper) lunchables, using cookie cutters and tiny muffin tins.
DIY Pizza Lunchables: Here's another cheaper, healthier lunchables idea. This one is to make your own little mini pizzas for kids to assemble. Best of all, you make a whole bunch in advance in their own little packages and then keep them in the freezer until you need them.
Whole Wheat Pita Pockets: Here's a recipe for DIY pita pockets, which you can fill with any fun fillings your kids enjoy.
Mini Taco Cup Kits: These little kits come with homemade taco cups that kids can fill with their favorite Mexican fillings.
Rainbow Bento Box: This mom was really ambitious in this beautiful lunch, but parents with a little less time on their hands could still use her ideas for a colorful, healthy lunch.
Magic Message Bananas: Here's a fun little treat to pop in your child's lunchbox. Write a message or draw a picture on a banana's peel. It will be invisible at first, but by lunch time your message will be nice and dark and easily readable.
Healthy School Lunches and Snacks: Parents.com has a slide show featuring lots of ideas.
Lunch Packing Drawer: Here's a time-saving way to make it easier to pack lunches.
Lunchbox Prep Organizing: Here's more tips on making the whole system easier.
Phineas and Ferb characters: Scroll through this fun blog for fun Bento ideas and oodles of darling Phineas and Ferb characters you can make from healthy lunch ingredients. They're very well done!
Freezer Sandwiches: This mom shares how to make up lots of sandwiches in advance, store them in the freezer and then just pop them in a lunchbox to thaw by lunch time.
Printable Lunchbox Planner: To make the planning easier, here's a cute planner you can print out and fill out in advance.