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Creative School Lunch Ideas That Are Healthy + Fun

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Lunchbox (Artisan Books)

The back-to-school season is finally upon us. Which means lots and lots—and lots—of lunch-packing ahead. If  you want to jazz up your routine sandwich-fruit-chips combo, the authors of Lunchbox: So Easy, So Delicious, So Much Fun to Eat have an entire year’s worth of inspiration (and then some) just for you.

The duo behind the excellent new book have “been there, done that” when it comes to lunch packing, and now they are sharing all they know—including loads of nutritious kid-friendly recipes, favorite “tools of the trade” (cookie cutters and candy eyeballs included), and an extensive grocery list to keep your bento box exciting, divided by Fruit, Vegetable, Main, Crunchy Snack, Protein Snack, and Something Sweet categories.

The heart and soul of the book includes a multitude of beautifully photographed, super creative, 100+ school lunch ideas for readers to copy. Each lunch box has a fun idea behind it—from shape- and color-centric options to holiday themes and beyond. Below, we’re featuring 6 of our favorite lunches from the book and we suggest you scoop up a copy of Lunchbox for all the rest—trust us, it will most definitely come in handy when you find yourself in the inevitable lunch-packing rut.

Are these ambitious lunchboxes to be copied or aspired to crumb-for-crumb? Of course not! With so many pressures on parents today, we say use what inspiration and tips you can and discard the rest.

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