Back to school lunchbox tips and tricks
If you're a parent, you know that back to school season can be stressful. Between packing lunches, making sure your kids are staying on top of their homework and extracurricular activities, and just trying to make it through the day without losing your mind — it's a lot. But with these tips and tricks for packing lunches every day, you'll be able to spend more time with your kids and less time worrying about how to get them fed in between classes!
Keep it simple.
Use a few key ingredients.
Use what you have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry—you don't have to go out and buy something new just because it's back-to-school time! If you are running low on staples, now is a good time to stock up (or at least make sure they're there).
Make it easy for yourself to prepare. Prepare at a time that works best for your family - this may be the night before or in the morning before school. Whatever works!
Check out this Grab n Go Shopping List from ACT Health for some great ideas on what to include in your kids lunchboxes.
Let them help.
If your little one is old enough, let them help choose some of the foods they want to eat. If they’re too young, you can still involve them in the process by having them pick out which yogurt they want or which piece of fruit they prefer.
Let your child assist with packing the lunchbox by helping you select a container and making sure it has all necessary items inside. Let them choose one of our Warm Fuzzies to help keep you connected during the day - a little love note you can share together.
Invest in a decent lunchbox.
The first step to creating a great lunchbox is to invest in a decent one. Lunchboxes are a great way to encourage your child's love of healthy eating and can be used for multiple years, even after they've graduated from primary school. It's important that you find a lunchbox that will last longer than one year, as these tend to be more expensive but also better quality. Look for something easy to clean and quick to dry—you don't want mould growing on your kid's food!
Our favourite lunchboxes are the Bec & Bello Bento Boxes. My girls have been using them for years and they are quick and easy to run through the dishwasher. For school this year I have purchased multiple lunchboxes so I can have a few on the go and not be worried if I haven't had time to do the dishes!
Create a school lunch meal plan for the week.
To start, you’ll want to create a weekly meal plan. This way, you can plan out your lunches and snacks for the week ahead of time. For example, if you know that Tuesday is taco night at your house, create a taco salad box with lettuce or tortillas on the side so your kids can build their own tacos at school. Or if Wednesday is spaghetti night at home, make sure there are leftovers for Thursday lunchbox meals (and maybe Friday too!). We have invested in a MontiiCo food jar for school this year so that Isobel can take warm leftovers for lunch.
With a bit of planning, your kids’ lunch boxes can be healthy and boredom-proof
With a bit of planning, your kids’ lunch boxes can be healthy and boredom-proof.
Keep it simple. You’ve got to keep their food interesting because they will get bored otherwise. Make sure you include an item from every food group every day, such as fruit or vegetables, grains (bread), protein (eggs) and dairy (cheese).
Make snacks fun. If your child only likes plain sandwiches or boring fruit slices in their lunchbox, try adding some variety by making them into different shapes with cookie cutters or cutting them into little stars using star-shaped cookie cutters before packing them up for school!
Let them help pack the lunchbox! This will make them more excited when they see their sandwich transformed into whales or pandas that morning – not only does it give them ownership over what goes in there but also teaches responsibility too!
Invest in a decent lunchbox if possible – lunchboxes are a great way to encourage your child's love of healthy eating and can be used for multiple years.
It can be easy to get a little overwhelmed by the idea of school lunch boxes. But if you follow some simple steps and keep it fun, you’ll soon find that your kids will love their lunches just as much as they love eating them!
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