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.

Preparation

  • 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.

Budget-Friendly

  • 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!

Teach Responsibility

  • 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.

 

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