Easy School Lunch Ideas for Busy Parents
School Lunch Ideas
Without a doubt, packing school lunches daily is something most of us parents dread during the school year. Mornings are hectic enough with getting the kids out the door and adding packing a healthy lunch to the mix is often the last thing we want to do.
The truth is that our kids need a balanced lunch to fuel them for learning and there’s no better way to get the job done than thinking just a little bit ahead. With that in mind, here are some of my top tips for packing school lunches that will make weekday mornings a breeze!
What to pack in lunches for kids
Packing lunches is a delicate balancing act! You want something high in nutrition, something easy to eat quickly and something simple to prep ahead of time. Naturally, since you won’t be with your child during lunchtime to monitor what’s actually eaten, packing food they’ll enjoy is a must!
A well-balanced lunchbox should have a protein, a fruit or vegetable, a grain and extra water to help “wash everything down.”
When I first started packing lunches for my kids, I kept it simple with the original MOMables. My kids loved the pre-packed boxes you can find in the store, but I was not a fan of the long list of ingredients. This was the moment MOMables was born. I’d pack our lunchboxes with cheese cubes, some natural lunch meat, sliced fruit and a hard-boiled egg. My kids loved getting to piece together their own lunches, and we just got more creative from there.
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