With the school year approaching faster than ever, school lunches are become a new part of everyone’s day. We know that making lunches for your little ones at school is a very stressful process. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to start packing a healthier lunch for your kids, and find ways to make your life easier.
So now it is time to start thinking about what you’re going to pack in your child’s lunch box that is delicious, healthy, and fun to eat. Take a few of these tips to change up the standard sandwich you always pack.
Getting kids to choose fruit over other sweets can be tricky. But, we have a fun way to make an apple more enjoyable and easy to eat. Apples turn brown when they are cut, which turns kids away. However they won’t eat an apple if they aren’t cut. A way to get around this is to cut your apple up, as you normally do, but put it back together and secure it with an elastic band. Kids love this trick, and it total reminds them of a puzzle.
Freeze your juice boxes:
Putting your juice boxes in the freezer will keep them nice and cool for the day at school. This neat trick is great because it doubles as an ice pack! These juice boxes will keep the rest of your kids lunch cool but it should also thaw by lunchtime.
Grab and Go Snack Stashes:
This trick is super handy. On your weekend or days off, it is super easy to make a snack station for your children to pick their snacks from each morning. Keep a bin of a variety of dry good on the counter and perishables in the fridges. This will eliminate the same thing every day in lunches and also give your children some (but not too many) options.
Hard Boil Eggs:
At the beginning of the week, hard boil a carton of eggs to have an easy, prep free protein. These eggs keep very well in the fridge. Adding a hard boiled egg to your children’s lunch with a little container of salt and pepper will give them an easy and fast snack.
Use Cookie Cutters:
Younger children refuse to eat the crusts off of sandwiches but an easy way around that is to use a cookie cutter. Now before you say, “I don’t have time for that” remember, this will take literally 5 seconds. It will also drastically increase the chances of your kids actually eating their sandwich.
What kid doesn’t like peanut butter? An easy lunch trick is to put a container of peanut butter in their lunch kit and pack a whole bunch of different things for them to dip it in. For example, a banana, apple, pretzels, and celery sticks are great options.
You can use tortillas for almost anything. Roll ups are a great alternative to a boring old sandwich. Every kid loves making their own mini-pizzas. And making your own soft taco is extremely easy. Better yet, tortillas are also very inexpensive and extremely easy to whip up.
The most important thing to keep in mind while you are preparing your children’s lunches is to pack what they will actually eat. Instead of packing what you want them to eat, make sure their whole lunch bag won’t come back home with them at the end of the day. We hope these tips will help make your mornings stress free and your kid’s tummies full!
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