Whether you’ve got a dreaded “picky eater” on your hands, your little one prefers the same old lunch day in and day out, or you’re just simply in a lunchtime rut, filling our kiddos’ lunch boxes with balanced, exciting meals can feel like the worst kind of homework. To beat the lunch box blues, we’ve reviewed three new school lunch cookbooks, by some of our favorite foodies, that bring fresh, fun ideas to the table and will help you leave that boring midday meal behind. Parents, get ready to pack!

The Best Lunch Box Ever

In Katie Sullivan Morford’s awesome guide to packing a lunch your kids won’t want to trade, the food writer and nutritionist shares the many tips and tricks she’s amassed after cooking for three daughters. Katie focuses on healthy, natural ingredients to create simple, healthy lunch ideas that little ones will actually want to eat! Definitely a must for every kitchen counter.

Why You Should Buy It: We love all the awesome extras in this book, including her chapters on Brown Bag Basics and Getting the Job Done, which offer nutrient info and important kitchen staples that we hadn’t even thought of!

Click here to learn more about this awesome new release.

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Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box

Beloved Weelicious founder Catherine McCord’s newest cookbook is a total go-to for thinking outside the box…the lunch box that is! With over 160 fresh, healthy recipes and unexpected combinations, Catherine’s cookbook offers awesome suggestions for getting your kids to try some new munchies as mealtime. They’ll definitely thank you for it.

Why You Should Buy It: You’re already a fan of Catherine’s amazing Weelicious blog, and this book is a total extension of her awesome ideas. We love that she doesn’t believe in “picky eaters”!

Check out the cookbook here!

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Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love

If your kids aren’t as happy about healthy eating as you might like, look no further than famous sushi chef Tracy Griffith’s newest cookbook, which provides nutritious lunch options disguised as kid-friendly favorites. With an emphasis on gluten-free, easily assembled combinations, your kids can help create their own balanced lunch boxes with a stealthy, healthy update.

Why You Should Buy It: Tracy’s recipes are so stealthy, we can’t wait to try out her tricks on our own kids! Best part? They’re super simple to make, so the little ones can help out in the kitchen and have a hand in their own lunches.

Click here to check it out!

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Which creative cookbook will you turn to for fresh lunch box ideas? Share with us in the comments section below! 

– Claire Schillings