Five Clever Tips to Simplify Making School Lunches
We are down to the last couple of months of the school year, and I know that I am not alone when it comes to school lunch burn-out. I started the year making the kids creative bento box lunches, and now I find myself digging through my refrigerator every morning trying to find everything I need to pack my kids a well-balanced lunch. When my kiddo came home from school one day asking me if he could buy school lunch, I knew it was time to get out of my lunch packing rut and find some ways to simplify making my kids healthy and tasty school lunches.
Making lunches the night before
I know that we are all tired at the end of a long day chasing after toddlers or driving our kids all around town and just want to relax on the couch with our spouse. Taking thirty minutes after the kids go to sleep and pack their school lunches has made a major difference in my school lunch packing routine. I don’t have to worry about getting up late or if I don’t have enough food options in the house before running out the door for carpool.
A big life saver for me has been to start packing my kids dinner left-overs. If I am making dinner that I know will be good in my kid’s thermos the next day, I make a larger dinner serving size and then pack their food when cleaning up dinner. It is a 2 for 1 meal making experience, and the kids love getting a hot lunch the following day in their lunchbox.
Use Amazon Dash Buttons
One of the best things that have ever happened to a busy mom is wifi connected Amazon Dash button devices. Amazon created Amazon Dash buttons that parents can put in their kitchen to easily re-order lunch supplies for their kids. I have the Honest Kids and Happy Belly Amazon Dash buttons on my refrigerator, and when I see that I am running low on these products for my kid’s lunches, I simply push the button, and my order is on its way to my house. I always know that my kitchen will be stocked with plenty of food options for my kid’s school lunches now that I started using Amazon Dash Buttons. Once I started using Amazon Dash Buttons for my kids school lunches, I now use it for other household items – there are more than 250 Amazon Dash Buttons!! In celebration of the two-year anniversary of the Amazon Dash Button, from March 31 – April 7, customers can buy an Amazon Dash Button for $0.99 and still receive a $4.99 credit back after their first press of the button!
Have the kids help
The best thing that I have done was involve my kids in packing their school lunches. I have slowly started getting my kids involved in packing their lunches, and they have loved being a part of their meal planning. They can tell me things that they like (or don’t like), and they are also important skills on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Just like we plan our weekly family dinners, planning your kid’s school lunches will take a lot of stress off your plate. When planning dinner, plan what you are going to pack the kids for lunch. It will help with knowing what foods you need to have in your refrigerator, whether you need to make a larger dinner for lunch leftovers, and will get your kids excited about knowing what they will have in their lunch the following day.
Don’t get stuck in a school packing rut, and easily continue to make your kids healthy and delicious school lunches by trying these simple tips.
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