Back to school, back to school! My favorite time of the year– hallelujah! I love whenever the kids come home from school for the summer + when they go back. I love the feeling of fall around the corner, kids going back to school, weekends becoming special again. I am preparing my grocery list for school lunches from Trader Joe’s so I thought that I would share my plan for our school year!

I found these inexpensive, sleek, non-tacky (my kids love tacky ones) lunch boxes! Lolly owns me and I got her this unicorn lunchbox because she will actually be obsessed. 

I love using reusable bags because I ask the boys to bring them home and I am able to see what they are eating and not eating. A little mom trick that I have learned over the years! Reusable bags sound like a lot of work, but I put crackers or dry(er) fruits and veggies in them so they are just a quick rinse and back to use. If I pack messy/wet fruits, I use normal ziplocs or these Bento Boxes that I can just throw straight into the dishwasher.

If you like to pack heated food– these are amazing! They have a thermos in them that you can use and keep leftovers warm for lunch time.

If you don’t already own these utensils— you need them! Throw them into their box and you don’t have to worry about them poking holes in bags or getting left in the lunchroom.

I just pack water bottles for the kids to take to school, they can refill them if they need + they aren’t messy when they stay in their backpack for weeks. Anyone else? Cool.

Trader Joe’s is my love language because they make it so easy to pack for school. They have healthy, yummy options that my kids totally look forward to. Here’s my list:

Trader Joe’s 


  • Honey Crisp Apples
  • Bananas
  • Seedless Grapes- red and green
  • Small organic pears
  • Hot House English Cucumbers (don’t need to peel)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mandarines
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Pomegranate Cups 
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bell Peppers


  • Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
  • Golden Rounds Crackers
  • Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
  • 3 Seed Beet Crackers
  • Pita Bite Crackers
  • This “Apple Walks Into a Bar” Cereal Bars
  • Organic Roasted Teriyaki Seaweed Snack
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Epic Bars & Beef Jerky
  • Dried Fruit: Turkish Apricots & Just Mango (dried mango)
  • Fruit Wraps
  • Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil
  • PB&J Bars
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries
  • ABC Bars
  • Organic Fruit Wraps

Other Items:

  • Hummus
  • Cheese sticks
  • Babybel Cheese
  • Applesauce cups
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Lunch meat- turkey & ham
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Smoothie Drinks
  • Organic Lowfat Yogurt Squishers
  • Guacamole Cups

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