There is nothing worse than getting up in the morning and then desperately trying to figure out something you can put in your children’s lunch boxes. If you find yourself bewildered or end up buying a lunch because packing it seems like too much of a bother, take a look at the helpful tips below for making lunches easier.
Helpful Tips for Making Lunches Easier
Prepare A List
Sit down with your kids and come up with a list of lunches they like. Use a pen paper or a grocery app and just use your phone. This could include sandwiches and wraps, or even homemade lunchables. If you add a thermos to the mix, you can suddenly pack reheated leftovers, homemade soup, and more. The idea is to have lunch foods and snacks that your kids will eat that are also easy to pack.
Make sure you have appropriate containers, and then head to the grocery store to pick up everything you need for the week. Don’t forget about snacks and drinks as needed. The list should make this much easier. Once you have several different lunch ideas your kids like and will actually eat, you can simply rotate through them and make the ingredients part of your weekly shopping trips.
Prep What You Can
When you get home from the store, keep lunch foods out and see what you can do to prep things ahead of time. Instead of putting that bag of grapes away, go ahead and wash and store them in little bags you can grab and toss in the lunch box. The same goes for things like peppers and even salads. Just think about what you can prep as soon as you get home.
Pack Lunches At Night
Mornings are busy and not always the perfect time to have to worry about packing lunches. Try making them the night before. Try packing them after dinner at night. Get the kids involved and have them help with lunch prep and clean-up after. You can store cold items in the fridge and have everything else sitting in the lunch box ready to go. All you need to do is grab a couple of things from the fridge and toss them in the lunch boxes.
After School Chores
To make lunch prep even easier, get the kids into the habit of cleaning out their lunch box as soon as they get back from school. Have them toss any uneaten food and bring the containers to the sink to be washed. Having everything clean and ready to go will make it easier to pack the new lunches later.
Use these tips and it won’t be long until you get into a lunch packing routine. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and put them in charge of much of the preparations. They won’t complain about what was in their lunch boxes.
What tips do you have for making lunches easier?
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