It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head,¬†or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little¬†healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new¬†resource for parents that provides¬†lots¬†of healthy school lunch inspiration you can¬†put into action right now.

Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox¬†features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips, plus printable coupons to help you save a little money, too.

Here, just a sampling of the¬†smart, healthy lunch box ideas¬†you’ll find on the site:

School lunch inspiration: A DIY smiley face sandwich kids can put together themselves

DIY Open “Face” Sandwich

Give your kids different veggies and their favorite spread and let them make a smiley face with their lunch. Who said playing with food was a bad thing? Just so long as they have time to eat it, afterwards.

 

School lunch inspiration: Put together a build-your-own-sandwich kit for kids

Kids’ Build-Your-Own Sandwich Kit

The busy mom of two sets of twins and food blogger behind What Lisa Cooks shared her own ideas on Rock the Lunchbox including this fun, build-your-own sandwich kit. Try a mix of fruit, cheese, meats, and spreads; substitute crackers for bread to change things up; and use silicone muffin cups to keep everything separated in a bento-style lunchbox.

 

School lunch inspiration: Mini lunchbox tortilla pizzas baked in muffin tins

Packing Leftovers for Lunch

You can¬†create your own lunch box mini pizzas¬†made with tortillas for crust, and baked in a muffin tin. Or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of¬†last night’s leftover pizza slices for a fun midday treat. Everything always seems¬†to go down a little more easily for kids when it’s in a cute shape.

 

School lunch inspiration : Turn sandwiches into sushi by using tortillas

PB and J Sushi

Instead of a plain old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, turn it into “sushi” by rolling it in a tortilla and slicing into small rolls. You can even¬†pack¬†a pair of kid-friendly chopsticks. Of course if¬†your school has a no-nut policy, try sun butter¬†or another viable alternative instead.

This post was brought to you by¬†RocktheLunchbox.com, which¬†provides lunchbox inspiration and helps¬†parents make healthier food choices for kids that are still easy. If¬†you’ve got healthy ideas of your own, or gave one of the Rock the Lunchbox suggestions a try, share your photos. It may be¬†featured on their site to¬†help other parents in need of helpful suggestions.