Easy School Lunch Hacks
Sending a healthy lunch for the little ones is more challenging than giving them a few dollars and letting them buy their lunch at school.
Here are some easy lunch ideas that your children may enjoy!
Swap the baggie or foil for butcher paper (bonus – it’s a cheaper and more eco-friendly material!) But before wrapping, be creative with your child’s crayons or colored pencils. Take the time to write them a quick note of encouragement, sketch (crudely in many of our cases) their favorite animal, or jot down a quick comic based on something funny that they said recently or something timely within your house. You don’t have to spend hours plotting; just roll with what’s happening at your house in the moment.
Let them play with their food.
Have you ever noticed that your kids are much more likely to eat something they help make? Apply that same concept to their lunch. You could artfully design sandwiches and salads, arranging it as cute rabbits or caterpillars… or you could place their food in little compartments and call it a day. If your kids are younger, they may have trouble with the official Bento box lunch boxes, but they likely can handle small bags with individual items.
When in doubt, do soup!
Soup is an often overlooked and underrated lunch food – and one that many kids love. The ingredients for homemade soups can be placed into a crockpot the day/night before school. You easily can work in protein, veggies, and even a little bit of carbs. It’s an all-in-one dish that’s actually healthy (and bonus – you can sneak in vegetables). Use an insulated thermos that will hold the heat; if you don’t have one,it’s worth the investment. In the morning, just heat up the soup, pour it into the thermos, & add a disposable spoon in the bag: lunch is ready to go in less than five minutes. If soup isn’t filling enough, you always can add a 1/2 sandwich to the meal.