3-ingredient Pepperoni Pizza Sticks: The back to school lunch recipe that wins it all!

All you need are three store-bought ingredients to make this school lunch that wins it all.

My 5 favorite back to school lunch recipes. As in, the ones that will get you through.

My 5 favorite school lunch ideas that will become weekly staples all year long.

Best back to school snacks: Back to School Lunch Tips 2016

My 5 favorite store-bought snacks to keep that lunch box full, fun, and healthy too.

Back to school lunch ideas: Lunch on a stick!

Food on a stick always wins, so why not pack lunch on a stick? These ideas are sure to be a win with the kids.

Back to school lunch recipes: Gluten-free lunch ideas

Keeping an eye on your kids' gluten intake doesn't have to consume you. Here are three easy gluten-free school lunch recipes for you to make life a little simpler.

Back to school lunch ideas: DIY Taco Lunchable

This DIY Taco lunchable is easy and fun to make (and eat!). Plus, it's a nutritious alternative to the store-bought kind. Must try!

Back-to-school mornings: Top 5 quick, healthy breakfast recipes.

Back-to-school means more than school lunch. Make sure the kids get a healthy start even on the busiest mornings with my favorite quick, healthy breakfast recipes.

2014 Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide

Here is my 2014 guide to the coolest lunch box accessories for back to school. FYI: These will also keep your school lunches fresh!

{video} Back-to-School: Beyond sandwich bread

Today’s video, the second in a series of back-to-school lunch videos, has easy ideas and recipes that will help you break out of sandwich rut before it even starts. And, in case you missed it, check out last week's video, too: 4 essential school lunch ingredients. Let's keep school lunch inspired this year, you know, without too much extra work! I was worried last week that I might have been rushing you with all my back-to-school talk. But this week, well, it's time to get started, mamas! If school hasn't already begun, it's about to. And fast! I know how hard packing school lunch day after day can be for many of you, so it's time to get the right gear, stock your school lunch pantry (including healthy snacks!), and gather inspiration, which is what I hope this week's video brings. Today is all about getting you to think beyond the sandwich since, more than half the time, getting kids excited about their food is about fun, novel presentation. If you've been reading for a while, you know I'm not one for super cutesy kid meals, but lunch is a little different. While I can comfortably send my kids to bed without dinner if they refuse what I make, I'm not so comfortable with them enduring a long school day without food in their bellies. So the challenge is sticking to the healthy foods that my kids know and love while changing it up enough to keep them interested. (more—including the video!—after the jump)

2013 Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide

I'm thrilled to share with you the annual One Hungry Mama Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide for the best non-toxic lunch boxes, containers, baggies, bottles, and accessories for the 2013/14 school year. I can hardly believe that school has started for many of you and that it will be starting for my hungry boys—both of them!—in just 3 weeks. This will be my first year packing TWO school lunches day after day. So, more than ever, it's important to have the right school lunch ingredients on hand, a lot of school lunch inspiration and, of course, the right school lunch gear. Whether you make a lunch every day or just need a few things to cover field trips, I've got everything you need to pack fabulous, fun, and nutritious school lunches all year long. Don't forget to LIKE One Hungry Mama on Facebook so that you can get daily school lunch ideas. I'll be posting every single school lunch of the year starting on Sept 9th! And also check out the 2012 Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide; there are many things on that list that I still love. (get the guide after the jump)

The Hungry Sitter: Get organized for back-to-school

Say hello to the hungry sitter, an experienced, active, funny and thoughtful care giver who also really loves food. The hungry sitter has worked with lots of families, each with a unique take on feeding, and she has a lot to say about it all. It’s that time again. Time to get back to the routine.  As a sitter, this time of year means ditching day trips to the beach and and long afternoons in the park for school pick-ups, play dates and dance classes. And all those food rules we were allowed to break on hot summer days—like ducking into the random boardwalk burger joint for a "special" lunch or saying "why not" to the 4:30 pm ice cream cone—not so much anymore. These days, when you have to factor in homework and early wake-ups, it's all about having healthy snacks on hand and staying on schedule, meals included. Sound familiar? I'm sure it does since so much of what I do is an extension of what parents do. We're all in the same boat, so I think you'll agree when I say that the key to making it through a hectic school-year day is having a great bag. Seriously! This is all assuming that you've made the schedule. Once that's done—which it usually is by the time I step in—having a good bag is essential to making it through the day without losing your mind trying to find diapers, water bottles, extra clothes, a first aid kit and snacks. So many snacks! Now that Stacie's got you covered on the healthy snacks front, I want to help you keep them organized in your bag. (more after the jump)

Healthier back-to-school snacks (from the supermarket!)

I'm a from-scratch girl at heart, even when it comes to snacks. Granola bars, muffins (and more muffins!), even cheddar crackers—name a classic snack and I've made it. But as much as I'd love to only feed my kids homemade, it's just not possible. At least not for me. So I rely on a pantry well stocked with healthier store-bought snacks. Thankfully, healthier store-bought snacks have improved since I was little, when my mom proudly fed me cardboard wasa crackers slathered with the pastiest all-natural peanut butter ever made. That said, just because something's organic or made by a company that generally puts out good-for-you foods doesn't mean it's necessarily good for you. I recently sifted through the many supermarket snack options to find the healthiest picks among the most popular kids' snack foods. Cheese puffs, fruit snacks, veggie chips, popcorn, cheese crackers, peanut butter sandwich crackers, granola bars, graham crackers, squeezy snacks and yogurt—I covered them all! (lots more after the jump)

2012 Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide

Another school year has begun for some and is just around the corner for others. That means bustling mornings, quick and hearty breakfasts, book bags and—everyone's favorite!—school lunch. Whether you make a lunch every day or just need a few things to cover field trips, I've got the gear you need to pack a fabulous, fun, and nutritious lunch. And, by the way, this stuff isn't just for kids. You eat lunch, too, and aside from the cute hippo lunch box, there's a lot of stuff in here that you can use, as well. I mean, unless hippos are your thing. Don't forget to LIKE One Hungry Mama on Facebook so that you can follow along as I document all of the Hungry Boy's school lunches (starting on Sept 10th!). And also check out last year's Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide. There are many things on that list that I still love. In the meantime, here they are: my favorite non-toxic lunch boxes, baggies, and accessories for the 2012/13 school season. Happy lunching! S xo (MUCH more after the jump!)

{back-to-school} Choosing a Better (Nut) Butter

It's almost time to whip out the lunchbox! Some of you have already started packing lunches. (How's it going?!) Though I'm pretty good at staying inspired—you guys help keep me motivated!—I'm sure I'll end up packing many PB&J's this year. Which had me wondering... How do other nut and seed butters stack up to peanut butter, the childhood gold standard? With back-to-school finally here, I figure there's no better time to dig in than now. (more after the jump)

{cravings} Back-to-School Lunch Gear Guide!

Pictured: my favorite Lock & Lock 5" x 5" / 29 oz / 4 compartment container, which I cannot seem to find on their site. They have many options, though, including a new eco-brand. Take a look! What? Who? Where am I?! It's already time to start thinking about back-to-school?! Wowzers! Though it's hard for me to believe, in some places I might even be a little behind schedule. (Thankfully that's not the case here in Brooklyn.) Whether school starts in just a couple of weeks or not for another month, I've got the goods you need to know about. These are (over 20 of!) my  favorite lunch boxes, baggies & accessories for the season. All non-toxic and BPA-free, many uber eco friendly. (full guide after the jump)

{recipe} Back-to-School Breakfasts

I know. We’re so close to a holiday weekend and here I am posting about back-to-school. But Tuesday is coming sooner than you think. (Plus, I’ve got a holiday weekend surprise coming your way soon!) I had to share this great post with 8 back-to-school breakfast ideas and recipes from Simple Bites. The ideas are […]