We have been packing lunches for a few years now, but everyone needs a little lunchbox inspiration, us included! As we get back in the routine of school, we thought we would share a few of our lunch box tips.
- Always try and make sure lunch is balanced by including a fruit, vegetable, protein and carbohydrate.
- Pack portions that your kids will actually eat. You don’t want your kid’s lunchbox to come home with tons of uneaten food. If you pack a huge bag of pretzels, your child may only eat pretzels for lunch.
- Veggies can be packed the night before and fruit can be washed the night before. A little lemon will keep slices of apples and pears from browning.
- Personally, we believe that a lunch box is not a time to expose your child to new food for the first time. You want to make sure you child’s lunchbox is packed with healthy things you know they like, so they have energy for their school day. Unless you have an especially adventurous eater, save the new food for breakfast, dinner or the weekends. If your kids will only eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there is nothing wrong with packing one everyday.
- Our kids love a good sandwich, but a sandwich is not a necessity. Think about hard boiled eggs, nuts, cheese, grilled chicken, quesadillas or other items of substance to round out their lunch. If you cannot abandon a sandwich switch it up with bagels, roll ups and pita pockets.
- If your kid loved the dinner you served, use the leftovers in the lunchbox the next day. Leftover pasta and rice can be mixed with other ingredients to create a perfect lunchbox dish.
- Our kids’ preschool was trash-free and once you get in the grove, it is actually easier for you and your kids! We love the colorful klip-it containers and itzy ritzy snack bags because they are so easy for kids to open and for you to clean.
- Lunchbox notes are an easy way to make your kid feel special and especially great for a kid that is struggling with separation. If you are not the type of person to make notes, you can buy these super cute Lunchtime LOL notes from Land of Nod.
- Don’t forget to include utensils, straws or napkins when necessary.
We need inspiration too and we would love to hear if you have any lunchbox tips, tricks or recipes that are hit with your kids!
Happy lunchbox packing!
Hallman + Ashley