Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas + Cabot Giveaway

Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas + Cabot Giveaway

This post was sponsored by American Dairy Association Northeast. All thoughts are my own

Start the school year off by sending your kids to school with simple, creative lunchboxes. When putting together my kid’s lunchboxes, I always keep in mind the flavor, nutrition, and eye appeal. I also want to make sure it’s easy to pick up with smaller fingers and not too messy. Here are three fun lunchbox ideas that my kids love made with Cabot cheese. You can then enter for your chance to win a Cabot cheese gift basket to make any of these creations!

What to Pack?
When I think about what to pack for my kid’s lunch, I always make sure to include at least three food groups coming from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and protein. That way I know my kiddo is getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Dairy is one of the most important ingredients in building a lunchbox because it gives kids the nutrition needed to stay focused to learn. Dairy, like cheese, provides protein and calcium kids need to fuel growing bodies. Whether it is sliced or cubed in a bento box, shredded on a wrap or stacked on their favorite sandwich…any which way you slice it, cheese helps fuel their school day! Some of my favorite go-to ingredients from each of these categories include:

  • Fruits: Grape halves, berries, melon chunks, and apple or pear slices (with a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to prevent browning)
  • Vegetables: Baby carrots or carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber coins, canned low-sodium vegetables like green beans or carrot coins, jicama
  • Whole Grains: Whole grain crackers, whole wheat tortilla (filled with cheese or beans), 100% whole wheat bread
  • Dairy: Cabot cut slices of cheese, Greek yogurt, drinkable yogurt, low fat chocolate milk
  • Protein: Hard boiled eggs, sunflower seed butter, turkey, chicken, beans, lentils, edamame, canned tuna or chicken, hummus

And don’t forget the milk money – at just 0.35 cents and kept cold at 35-degrees – this farm fresh beverage is something ALL schools have available that you don’t need to worry about packing.

3 Lunchbox Ideas

Here are three of my kid’s favorite lunches I pack for them.

The All-American

As PB&J being the quintessential lunch sandwich, I incorporate it into my kid’s lunchbox. As most schools are nut-free, I used sunflower butter instead of peanut butter. I also incorporate purple and green sliced grapes, sliced red bell peppers, pumpkin seeds, dried tart cherries, and slices of Cabot cheese

The Mediterranean

I grew up eating a Mediterranean diet, so I have always incorporated Mediterranean-style foods into my kid’s lunch boxes. This lunchbox contains my Israeli-Style Salad topped with a hard-boiled egg, canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), whole wheat crackers with Cabot cheese slices, and diced watermelon.

 The Mexican-Style

I’m a huge fan of Mexican fare and so are my children. In this lunch box I made cheese quesadillas using Cabot cheese slices, a side of low-sodium black beans, salsa, and long carrot and celery sticks (my kids love them this way), and skewered grapes and strawberries. For a variation, you can make the quesadillas with both beans and cheese.

Enter For Your Chance To Win

One randomly selected participant will win Cabot’s Cracker Cut Gift Box, Cabot tin lunchbox, Cabot water bottle, and 2 VIP coupons.

Giveaway Begins: Friday 9/7/2018 at 12:00 am ET
Giveaway Ends: Tuesday 9/11/18 at 11:59 pm ET

 You can enter my giveaway for the Cabot gift basket above by doing any of the following:

  • Go to my Instagram page and tag two people in the giveaway post
  • Go to my Facebook page and tag two people in the giveaway post
  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Follow me on Facebook
  • Copy and paste this tweet, “Enter for your chance to win @CabotCheese delicious gift basket on @TobyAmidor #giveaway from @AmericanDairyNE”  (only one time per day)
  • In the comments below, tell me which lunchbox you will make for your kids.


You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.


  • Kellie
    Posted at 23:39h, 08 September Reply

    I would definitely make her the PB&J one!

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    Posted at 14:06h, 10 September Reply

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    I would make the 3rd lunchbox because we LOVE Mexican food!

  • Tim
    Posted at 16:29h, 10 September Reply

    We live in Texas, so the quesadilla lunchbox would be a top choice of our kids, if they had a place to warm it up. If I have learned anything, there are some foods where they want the cheese melted, and other where they don’t!! I think I would play it safe and throw some crackers and cheese in place of the chips we usually include.

  • Darla
    Posted at 07:32h, 11 September Reply

    Love the Mediterranean one you suggested.

  • Leah Shumack
    Posted at 07:39h, 11 September Reply

    My daughter would love to have the PB&J lunch!

  • jenny
    Posted at 08:30h, 11 September Reply

    My kids would love the all American lunch!

  • kathy Persons
    Posted at 08:37h, 11 September Reply

    MIne will go for the All american

  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    Posted at 08:51h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the All American lunchbox!

  • Tim
    Posted at 09:24h, 11 September Reply

    They have a snack break at our kids school, so they are allowed to bring a snack. I would give them some crackers with the cheese slices to eat.

  • Courtney
    Posted at 09:39h, 11 September Reply

    The Mexican inspired one. Yum!

  • amy guillaume linderman
    Posted at 10:01h, 11 September Reply

    i know my boys would go for the all american lunchbox!

  • Amanda Kaltenbaugh
    Posted at 10:09h, 11 September Reply

    The all-american! My daughter is in MS cross country and this is similar to the items I currently pack for her lunch and after school snack before practice! Yours just looks so much nicer than mine!

  • Helen
    Posted at 10:11h, 11 September Reply

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    My kids would love the Mexican inspired lunch box the best.

  • Amy Tebow
    Posted at 10:44h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the all American lunch box!

  • carol n
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 September Reply

    I would make my kids the mexican lunch box.

  • vickie
    Posted at 11:44h, 11 September Reply

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    and I love the mexican inspired one!

  • meghan
    Posted at 11:56h, 11 September Reply

    I think my daughter would love the All American!

  • Lynne
    Posted at 12:20h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the Mexican Style one. We love Mexican food and eat it often.

  • Natalie
    Posted at 12:29h, 11 September Reply

    The American one looks good ,instagrams follower s and tagged

  • Trish Carlson
    Posted at 12:53h, 11 September Reply

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    Posted at 13:32h, 11 September Reply

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    Posted at 13:39h, 11 September Reply

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  • wen budro
    Posted at 13:41h, 11 September Reply

    The Mexican Style lunchbox would be the hit with my kids. I love the steel trays too.

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    Posted at 13:42h, 11 September Reply
  • Janel
    Posted at 14:59h, 11 September Reply

    Stainless steel is my go to! Eco friendly with no toxic chemicals leaching into your food. We love snacking!

  • monique s
    Posted at 15:08h, 11 September Reply

    I will make the All American for my kids

  • Jennifer Mays
    Posted at 16:42h, 11 September Reply

    All American style lunch box

  • Audrey Stewart
    Posted at 18:24h, 11 September Reply

    We are all about the Mexican. We just love Mexican food.

  • Audrey Stewart
    Posted at 18:25h, 11 September Reply
  • Elizabeth Miller
    Posted at 18:26h, 11 September Reply

    I would make my kids the mexican lunch box. My daughter loves quesadillas. We, but especially her are huge cheese fans.
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  • Mary Jacobowitz
    Posted at 18:51h, 11 September Reply

    I would a Mexican type of lunch. I am a huge fan of Cabot cheese and yogurt.

  • Margaret S Porter
    Posted at 19:19h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the American one. Following on FB Margaret Porter Mclachlan and on Insta @Maggiep48

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 20:03h, 11 September Reply

    I’m pretty sure we stick with the all american style here – it’s easy and my kiddos love it!

  • Nancy Bowers
    Posted at 20:05h, 11 September Reply

    The All American is the one I’d pack.

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    Posted at 20:05h, 11 September Reply

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  • Renee Rousseau
    Posted at 20:28h, 11 September Reply

    I would choose The All-American but only because I love grapes and especially frozen grapes! Great suggestions for a creatively healthy lunch experience!

  • Sandra Preti
    Posted at 20:47h, 11 September Reply

    I’d make the Mediterranean box.

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  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 20:55h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the Mediterranean-style lunchbox.

  • Sharon Rooney
    Posted at 21:33h, 11 September Reply

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    The The Mexican-Style would be a huge hit with my kids.

  • Yona Williams
    Posted at 22:12h, 11 September Reply

    My nephew would love the Mexican style lunchbox.

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    Posted at 22:18h, 11 September Reply

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    Posted at 22:19h, 11 September Reply

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    Posted at 22:21h, 11 September Reply

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  • kelly woods
    Posted at 22:27h, 11 September Reply

    the All American- thank you

  • Jenny Ham
    Posted at 23:31h, 11 September Reply

    I would make The All-American

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    Posted at 23:48h, 11 September Reply

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  • Leigh Nichols
    Posted at 23:50h, 11 September Reply

    the All American

  • nickie
    Posted at 23:52h, 11 September Reply

    I would make the The All-American

  • Nikki D.
    Posted at 23:53h, 11 September Reply

    The PB&J one!

  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 18:56h, 12 September Reply
  • Brenda Haines
    Posted at 12:38h, 13 September Reply

    The Mediterranean lunch box looks amazing! Thanks for the chance!

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    Posted at 17:27h, 14 September Reply

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    Posted at 06:28h, 17 September Reply

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    Posted at 07:12h, 28 September Reply

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