School is back in session and that means that the morning rush is about to become even busier. Try these tips to keep lunch simple, healthy and appetizing.
- Choose a weekend afternoon to meal prep your family’s lunches. For cold lunches, cut and prepare everything ahead of time. For hot lunches, make a big batch of a freezer-friendly dish. That way, all you have to do is put together or thaw the next day’s meal.
- Pack lunches the night before. During the morning rush the next day, your kids can just grab their soft coolers and go.
- Instead of buying individual serving sizes, bulk buy fruits, nuts and snacks and portion it yourself. You’ll be amazed by how much you can save!
- Leftovers from dinner can make a delicious lunch. Dishes like soups, adobo or bolognese often taste even better the next day!
Make it Look Good
- For kids who eat with their eyes, use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches, vegetables and fruit into fun and appetizing shapes.
- If you have extra time, swap your usual sandwich for colorful and eye catching pinwheels. You can usually make this the night before too.
Keep it Fresh
- Use rubber bands to keep pre-cut fruit like apples and oranges from browning.
- Freeze juice boxes to double as ice packs. By lunchtime, it’ll either be the perfect temperature or will have a Slurpee-like consistency – delicious!
- Set up a DIY station for kids to choose their own snacks. Have a selection of healthy snacks (fruits, vegetables, nuts) available for them to choose from. This way they get to choose what they like and be part of the lunch packing process.
- For easy cleaning, ask your kids to put any trash into an empty sandwich bag. That way you won’t have to deal with wiping up messes and spills from half-finished snacks and meals.