Making school lunch can be a daunting experience for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Watch this Healthy School Lunch Principles Video and get a few tips and ideas that will make it much easier for you to prepare everyday.

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I’m constantly asked by readers about what time of day I prepare my kids’ school lunch. I’m not a girl who likes to wake up before 6am, so depending on how crazy my day is, I try to make most of their lunch and pack it in their Planet Boxes the afternoon or evening before and then refrigerate it overnight, leaving anything that needs to be made fresh — like, say, a panini sandwich — for the morning. I find that by doing the things that can be done ahead of time, like washing and chopping fruits and vegetables, I greatly simplify my mornings, when I’d rather be hanging out with my kids at breakfast, doing other important things that need to get done and, dare I say, sleeping as late as possible!

Healthy School Lunch Principles video from WeeliciousPin

Another question I get asked repeatedly is whether or not my kids’ lunch boxes come home empty everyday. Like with all children, it depends. There are days my kids eat every last bite and others when they eat just over half. When there’s a good amount of food left over I can tell they must have been preoccupied chatting or playing with friends or celebrating a birthday at snack time and so they’re still full. Other days they must just not be in the mood for what I sent with them. Does that last one sound familiar? To try and limit those occasions, this year I handed both of my kids the Weelicious Lunches cookbook so they could mark their favorite recipes. It certainly helped remove some of the guess work about what I’m going to make for them everyday.

Healthy School Lunch Principles video from WeeliciousPin

Hopefully this video will give you more ideas about how to make school lunch something you don’t dread. And if you have any stories you want to tell from your own school lunch experiences share them with us in the comment section below!

Healthy School Lunch Principles video from WeeliciousPin

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I love this video and Weelicious Lunches. Thanks for the tips on keeping lunch fun and interesting.

    I made your pb&j cups for my son’s first day of school. So good! I probably spent a good hour on his first lunch for the first day of first grade and he ended up getting in the hot lunch line that day! Oh well.

  2. Hi Carole,

    They do close and keep everything separated, but they are not leak proof. So liquids can seep through to other compartments.

  3. Hi Catherine,! The presentation is so beautiful – I am using your great ideas to pack our adult lunches also! A question – do the Planet Boxes close tightly enough to keep all the pieces separate and in place?
    What fun to open up such a colorful lunch! I have enjoyed watching you and your little ones over the years and have enjoyed the many yummy recipes that you have shared with us. Thanks so much!

  4. I always forget about the melon baller! Thanks, Catherine. One question, though: How do you keep the avocado from turning brown if you just pack a half in Chloe’s lunch? I would to do that for my daughter’s lunch, but I fear she might snub it if it looks discolored…

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