From helping with homework to shuttling kids around to extracurriculars—not to mention all of the other tasks on your daily to do list—finding time to pack school lunches can be downright stressful. Here are a few tips to help keep the process smooth and simple.
1. Plan ahead. Much like mapping out your family dinner plan for the week, having a week’s worth of school lunches planned out in advance can keep things running smoothly in your kitchen. Our printable weekly lunch menu is a great way to let kids have a say in what they’ll be eating, and will also come in handy on your next trip to the grocery store.
2. Get organized. With a bit of prep work ahead of time, you can set up a fantastic lunch station that keeps everything you need right at your fingertips. Designate one shelf in your refrigerator for lunch items and stock plastic bins with all your must-haves: pre-packed containers of snacks, juice boxes, etc. That way you can just grab and go—a huge bonus on those busy mornings.
3. Make use of leftovers. This is an idea that works for kids and parents alike! Pack up those yummy leftovers in a reusable container such as a Thermos® Foogo® Vacuum Insulated Food Jar and enjoy a hot meal again the next day—no extra food prep required. This is particularly handy if you’re a fan of big-batch cooking. Need a little inspiration? These hot lunches are perfect for packing.
4. Invest in some great gear. Who has time to worry about running out of plastic sandwich bags and paper lunch sacks? Stock up your pantry with key items, such as reusable food containers, a few lunch bags, water bottles, even reusable sandwich and snack pouches. Not only will you save money, but you’ll help cut down on lunch waste as well.
5. Let kids help. Give your child input into what they want to eat and let them help you in the kitchen. Not only will this help to lighten the load for you, but it will also give your child the opportunity to exercise their independence, and learn to make healthy food choices. If you’re dealing with a picky eater, be sure to check out these helpful tips.
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