4 Ways to Spruce Up School Lunches
We're only a month into school, but I have to admit that I'm already struggling with school lunches. This is my first year packing four separate lunches every night and I'm reaching my limits of creativity.
So I'm on a mission to spruce up lunches — in the easiest way possible for me, of course.
Don't be afraid of convenience
I have to admit that I've gone three years as an official school mom without giving into the draw of pre-packaged convenience. I have firmly stood my ground against the granola bars and the fruit snacks and packets of pretzels that are mostly me paying for air. But this year? This year I gave up for the sake of my sanity. I still have a strict vegetable and fruit with every lunch policy, but I've given up the reins and now stock up on prepackaged snacks. My kids have never been happier, and as for me? I'm not doing so bad either, honestly.
Rubbermaid recently let me try out their LunchBlox product, which features fun, brightly covered containers that snap into a convenient ice tray and they've made my life so much easier. For some reason, my kids think they are the coolest thing ever, so much that they've wanted to start packing their own lunches.
The colors make it easy for me to teach them to pack vegetables and fruit and the mom in me is obsessed with the tiny little container that is so perfect for sauces and dip that make lunches so much better. (Is it just me or do the tiny containers always disappear first??)
Cut ye some carrots
We love carrots around here, but have you ever noticed how much different cutting a real carrot up tastes? Baby carrots and those pre-sliced and cut carrots at the store honestly just don't even come close. But I never actually take the time to cut carrots the night before school, so for the past few weeks I've done a little experiment.
On Sunday afternoon, I peel and chop an entire giant bag of carrots and divide them up into baggies so that come lunch packing time, I already have a bag of carrots I can grab. I am loving it. And it makes it so nice during the week too, because I can grab a bag if I'm running out to the door and know I won't be able to eat. It's keeping us all making healthier choices!
Starting off the school year with school notes sets a bad precedent for the rest of the year. Which is why I prefer to keep my standards low from the start and surprise my kids after September with a little lunchbox note action.
You know you think I'm a genius. And I'm even more of a genius for using free printable lunch notes instead of actually making my own. You are most welcome.
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