It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year

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But, is it? Back to mak­ing lunches, do­ing home­work and run­ning to ac­tiv­i­ties … Back to school is such a big oc­ca­sion. Some kids are ex­cited and some kids are not. Some par­ents are ex­cited, and some are dread­ing com­ing up with fun, nu­tri­tious lunches for their kids ev­ery day of the week. Well, let us help you with this daily task. Here are some sim­ple, help­ful tips and tricks to make lunch prepa­ra­tion less of a ter­ri­ble duty.

Have your kids help you with the shop­ping, so you know they will like and eat what you buy. This way you are not wast­ing food. Make sure it’s not all junk, though!

Be pre­pared! Have all of your lunch items ready to go by Sun­day night.

Make sure you have a good amount of plas­tic con­tain­ers and match­ing lids (there is noth­ing more frus­trat­ing than hav­ing a per­fect con­tainer and NO lid).

Cut up your veg­gies on Sun­day so they are easy to pack­age daily; or bet­ter yet, sep­a­rate into bag­gies, so they are ready when you are.

Make sand­wiches, and as many as you can, the night be­fore. Get things that are easy to “grab-and-go”: n Fruit (it is sim­ple, easy to eat, and nu­tri­tious); n Sin­gle serv­ing hum­mus, or dips; n Crack­ers, pret­zels, pita pock­ets or pita chips, ap­ple chips; n Cheese slices, cir­cles or sticks; n Fruit bars, home­made muffins or gra­nola bars, fruit purées or sauces; n Left overs: pizza, quiche grilled cheese; n Boiled eggs. The ideas are end­less. One just needs to be pre­pared and get cre­ative. There are so many web­sites to find ideas, but the “KISS” prin­ci­pal ap­plies — Keep It Sim­ple “Silly.”

Good luck, take deep breaths.

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