So, why not make lunchtime something for your little ones to actually look forward to – with minimal effort? Let’s take a bite out of these easy ideas that make back to school lunches even better.
Think Inside the Bento Box
Plastic and brown paper bags, meet your lunchtime match: the bento box. This segmented container allows you to get crafty with a multitude of healthy ingredients – and make it a fun surprise for your kids!
Toss in a Little Love
So, maybe the kitty cat-shaped sandwiches and Jello boats are a bit out of your creative range. And hey, you’re a parent! You’re plenty stretched for time, especially when it comes to making lunches.
You know what else is certain to make your kids’ eyes light up at lunch? A note from mom or dad (or dog or cat, if there are any four-legged creatures in your family!) always does the trick.
Keep It Chill
What’s worse than a soggy sandwich? Eating a soggy sandwich while coveting a classmate’s Dunk-a-Roos. Mmm, confetti frosting. Make sure your kiddos’ nosh is in prime condition for lunchtime delight with an icepack. P.S. This crafty cooling device is perfect for tots prone to misplacing items – it’s a cinch to replace!
Put a Wrap on Wonder Bread
Speaking of soggy sandwiches, doesn’t bread get boring after a while? Your kids might find the classic PB&J even more delightful when served up on a modern-day vessel, like a whole-wheat tortilla. And don’t forget about these other suitors on grocery store shelves: naan, pita pockets, flatbread, biscuits, crescents, and bagels!
If you’ve got a finicky eater, that’s a one-way ticket to lunchtime letdown. Why not give your youngsters a say in what’s to eat – and make meal packing easier at the same time? Try setting up a lunch station that puts pre-approved choices in kids’ reach, and also serves to keep you organized when packing in a hurry
Serve Up Fun on the Side
There’s nothing fun about a boring, bruised, mushy banana in the bottom of your kids’ backpacks – especially if you find said banana many days later.
That’s why we’ve partnered with KitchMe.com to create a free meal planner that gives you a month’s worth of easy-to-follow lunch ideas. This resource includes printable menus and shopping lists, plus helpful tips on how to buy a month’s worth of lunches in just two grocery trips. Check out our infographic below for a sneak peak.
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