Seen on Pinterest: Creative School Lunches for Every Palate

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost ready for Back to School time! While it’s sad to say goodbye to long, lazy summer days, that doesn’t mean that going back to the “regular old routine” needs to be same old, same old. We’ve found four bloggers that have rounded up hundreds of lunch ideas perfect for your little one or your office. All you need is a little adventure and a bit of planning and you’re good to go.

Plus, bringing instead of buying can save you upwards of $1,000 per person, per year! That’s some serious vacation dough right there.

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Jazzing Up the Mason Jar  – Okay, we’ll admit it. You’ve seen the whole “use a mason jar in a whole new way” concept before. But there is an art to packing your salad in such a way that it doesn’t get soggy, and let’s face it – plain old Iceberg with ranch is just plain boring. The pesto chicken and taco salad jars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen look right up our alley!

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No Sandwich Left Behind From pizza to pasta to pigs in a blanket, there’s no need to turn to PB&J for an old standby. Mom blogger What Lisa Cooks has whipped up an entire year of school lunches, and one category includes favorites that don’t feature sandwiches – you can even refine by dietary restrictions like “gluten free.”

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Perfectly Paleo – Trying the Paleo diet with your family this fall? Just because you’re supposed to “eat like a caveman” doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Load up on the fruit, veggies, and lean proteins with these fun yet decidedly non-fancy lunch ideas kids and parents alike can enjoy from blog Our Paleo Life.

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Great & Gluten Free – More and more families are trying to break free of gluten. But endless supplies of Udi’s and Rudy’s g-free breads can get expensive. So try these allergen-friendly ideas instead from blogger Keely McGuire, who writes a whole blog about allergy-friendly and gluten free lunches.

About McLean Robbins

McLean Rob­bins is a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based lux­ury lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in travel, spas, and wed­dings. She writes reg­u­larly for the Travel Channel, Forbes Travel Guide, The Wash­ing­ton­ian, AOL, Robb Report, Pursuitist, and many more. Fol­low her on Twit­ter: @McLeanRobbins and on Google +

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