It’s the most wonderful time of the year
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.