Forget the Bread and Make 2021 Back to School Lunches Fun!

Forget the Bread and Make 2021 Back to School Lunches Fun!

Back to School season is second to the New Year as people feel inspired to start new and healthier habits. You may have mixed emotions about watching your kids head back to school this year but choose to support them with innovative lunch ideas. Yes, bread is a go-to lunch staple for many kids; still, you could try quick and easy lunches with a variety of different ingredients.

To support you in lunch ideas for January, and you could possibly mix and match it up for the months to follow, we’ve created a lunch calendar and a shopping list for you to work from. These lunch ideas are not only for kids but can easily be used as a guide to the whole family’s daily lunches. Please note that the shopping list is enough for only one lunchbox. We suggest multiplying for the number of lunchboxes you’re planning on preparing.

Shopping List

  • Chicken slices
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Strawberries
  • 1 x 6 yoghurt pack
  • 2 x trail mixes
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • 2 x punnets cherry tomatoes
  • 1 x cucumber
  • 2 x oranges
  • 1 ham loaf
  • 1 x bag of apples
  • 2 x Fruit snacks
  • 1 x tray eggs
  • 2 x packs baby carrots
  • 1 x pack pretzels
  • 2 x peaches
  • Pasta
  • 3 x Jungle bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam of your choice
  • 1 x pack Crackers
  • 2 x grapes punnets
  • Bagels
  • Cream cheese
  • 1 x pack mixed julienne veggies
  • Wraps
  • 1 x snap peas punnet
  • Muffin mix
  • Popcorn
  • 1 x punnet mushrooms
  • Mini pizza bases
  • Muesli biscuits
  • 1 x banana bread
  • Droë wors
  • Mini chicken pies
  • Date balls
  • Bread of your choice
  • 1 x pineapple
  • Biltong
  • Dark chocolate
  • 2 x mangoes
  • Cracker bread
  • Mini meatballs
  • Pork sausages
  • 2 x apricots
  • Dried mango pieces
  • Muffins of your choice
  • Gherkins
  • 1 bag bananas
  • Salami sticks
  • Nuts of your choice
  • Puff pastry
  • Broccoli 

Lunch Calendar







Chicken and cheddar roll-ups; strawberries; yoghurt and trail mix.



Hummus, pita bread, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and orange slices.


Ham and cheese kebabs, red pepper slices, apples and fruit snacks.


Hard-boiled eggs, baby carrots, pretzels and peach slices.


Pasta salad, yoghurt, a Jungle bar and strawberries.


Peanut butter and jam sandwiches, fruit cups, chips, and cheese cubes.




Crackers, cheese cubes, grapes, and a Jungle bar.


Bagel and cream cheese, yoghurt, baby carrots, fruit snacks.


Veggie and hummus wraps, snap peas, hard-boiled eggs and a Jungle bar.


Vegetable muffins, grapes, popcorn, and cucumber.


Mushroom and tomato mini pizzas, grapes, yoghurt, and muesli biscuits.



Banana bread, cheese cubes, droë wors, and fruit salad.


Mini chicken pies, yoghurt, popcorn, and apples.


Crackers, hummus, cheese cubes, strawberries, and date balls.


French toast, pretzels, grapes and pineapple, biltong, dark chocolate.


Mango, yoghurt, cracker bread, cheese, mini meatball and tomato skewers.



Apple wedges, pork sausages, apricot, date balls, and dried mango pieces.


Muffin, dried fruit and pretzels, cheese cubes, gherkins, salami, and banana.


Buttered toast fingers, popcorn, grapes, salami sticks, dried apricots and nuts.


Cheese pinwheels, salami sticks, strawberries, and broccoli.


We hope these ideas will help you with those Back to School lunches. Feel free to mix and match these ingredients and add other ingredients too. Happy experimenting!