By Reesa Lewandowski

Once school is back in session, we are back to non-stop activities. Between homework, scouts, cheer, and other commitments, by the time we get home at the end of the day, I am ready to kick my feet up and relax.

That means I need a plan to get everything done like make dinner, organize paperwork for the next day, and make lunches for the next day. When you are busy it's so easy to get into a boring lunch rut. That's why I have found that by planning ahead, you can add a little bit of excitement to lunch.

One of my favorite tips? Meal plan with the kids! Ask them what they like the best and the least. I try to make a big batch of lunches on Sundays. This way not only the kids have lunch, but my husband and I do too! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Pasta Salad
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Chili
  • Chicken Salad
  • Slider Burgers
  • Pizza Roll Ups
  • Ham & Cheese Wraps
  • Quesadillas
  • Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Hummus & Veggie Wraps
  • Yogurt Parfaits
  • Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Hearts
  • DIY Pizza

For a drink, I send a thermos full of Tampico. If they are available at your supermarket, another awesome option for back to school are the Tampico 6-Packs of individual juice drinks, which fit perfectly in most lunchboxes! Plus the kid’s love drinking Tampico because of its delicious flavor, and I love serving it because it's a great value for a juice drink!

One of our favorites from this list is DIY Pizzas! They're so easy to make too!

  • Cut taco sized tortillas into circles.
  • Send mozzarella cheese, pepperoni or any other types of pizza toppings your kids might like and marinara sauce in their lunch box.

Be sure to enter Tampico’s #SchoolIsCool Awww Snap! Promotion this back to school season! With school almost in session, take a thousand pics, feel that pride, and perhaps even win some amazing prizes! All you have to do is upload and share your most memorable back to school photos using Tampico's fun frames to be entered to win a $1,000 gift card and a Tampico back-to-school pack. Participate during their Blitz sessions and you also have chance to win a $25 gift card! Don’t miss out, share your favorite #SchoolIsCool moments! For more information about participating, be sure to head over to Tampico's Facebook Page!

What's your coolest back to school lunch idea?


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