A Para Pro presents 6 back to school lunch ideas for paraprofessional paraeducators.

6 Easy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas for Busy Paras

🍎🍞🍱 Welcome back to school, paras! I know that the last thing you want to think about is what to pack for lunch, five days a week, for the rest of the school year. But don't worry, I've got you covered. Here are some ideas for creative and healthy lunches that you can bring to school and not break the bank.

1. Bento Boxes

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Bento boxes are originally from Japan, and they are a very creative way to prepare your lunch. There are containers specially made for this purpose, or else you can simply use a variety of boxes in an assortment of sizes that you already have. Bento box food is generally focused on kids, by shaping the food to look like flowers, animals, or cartoon characters. The sky is the limit as far as creativity is. There are plenty of websites dedicated solely to this artistic endeavor. However, thankfully for us, bento boxes are perfect for picky adults that don't like their foods to mix and want to keep everything separate. Check out these videos on bento boxes for adults and make your lunch fun each and every day.

2. Pasta

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Pasta is an easy and quick lunchbox idea. Make a batch early in the week and then load it up with various vegetables and sauces to make many different options. You can pair spaghetti noodles with green peas and parmesan, or add broccoli and a simple yet delicious tomato sauce to pasta shells. Add a dinner roll or a chicken breast to fill up and complete the meal.

3. Sandwiches

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Sandwiches have been an old lunch standby for as long as most of us can remember, but they are not to be scoffed at. There is almost nothing you cannot add between two pieces of bread that do not automatically become delicious. From peanut butter to BLTs, sandwiches filled the lunch boxes of our own childhood and continue to do so in adulthood. Keep them fresh by storing any vegetables or other moist food in a separate container, so you can put it all together directly before consuming it. Add new tastes to expand your palate and prevent boredom, such as wasabi or sriracha mayo.

4. Burritos or Wraps

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Why not turn an old favorite into a new lunch idea for yourself? Burritos are easy to make and easy to store. What’s not to love about that? Simply choose a type of meat or beans, veggies, cheese, and sauce, and then wrap it up. You will never get tired of all the options and combinations available.

5. Soups

aparapro easy back to school lunch idea number five soups

Soup is another great lunchbox standby. With all the thermoses and container options out there, it is easy to find something to keep it in, even keeping it warm until being eaten. A broth filled with numerous kinds of vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and onions is healthy and lasts well in a lunchbox. Simply add a piece of bread and fruit for a healthy, well-rounded meal.

6. Salads

aparapro easy back to school lunch idea number six salad

Salad is a great lunch option, and it does not have to be boring. Load it up with chickpeas, nuts, and seeds, and top it off with a healthy dressing for a lunch you will thank yourself for. There are now salad storage containers sold even at the big box stores that have special compartments to fit all the components of the salad – even tiny squeeze bottles for the dressing.

One Last Thing on Back-to-School Lunch Ideas for Paras

Thanks for reading! I hope this has helped you see that there are plenty of options for keeping your school lunches fresh and interesting. With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy healthy, delicious meals every day. With all the options available, there is no reason for you to get bored with your school lunches. Thanks to a variety of storage options, your lunch can safely wait for lunch or break and not even go bad. Fill up your lunchbox with healthy meals to keep you fueled and energized all day long. So get creative and let me know in the comments below what your go to lunch is. And enjoy your break! 😄

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