It’s fall and it’s back to school. Gone are the days when you didn’t have to worry about what to fix for the kids’ lunches. Mornings can be trying times when you have more than one child to get ready and sometimes thinking that early in the morning to prepare your child’s lunch…well…could land you packing some unhealthy food choices for your child.
As important as it is to have a good breakfast, lunches should be as nutritious as possible. Remember, lunches should be the biggest meal of day and your kids will need it to recharge their brains and to refuel their bodies.
Below are 3 helpful time-saving tips for organizing your kids’ lunches
1. Making lunch the night before is a sure way to cut rush times to a minimum in the mornings. If your child is having leftovers from dinner, then pack them in a microwaveable, individual serving dish. In the morning you can pop it in the microwave and put it in the thermos. You can also warm the thermos the night before. Other cold lunches can be gathered and stored in the fridge or put in the lunch pack.
Some families make once a week meals. This means they pick a day and cook a variety of foods in one day, portion them and store them in the freezer to use during the week. You can use the individual portion sizes for your child’s lunches. All you have to do is take them out the night before to thaw out and then warm them in the morning.
2. If your child’s school offers a hot lunch program consider going this route provided it can fit into the family’s budget.
3. Older kids can make their own lunches and encourage them to do so. You can offer several healthy choices for them to choose from. You can also wash vegetables like cherry tomatoes, grapes, cut up cheeses etc. and put into individual, snack-size ziplock bags and the kids can easily grab the bags and pop them into their lunches. This is a great way to quickly grab a snack when you are on the go such as driving your kids to their after school activities.
These are three ways to help organize your kids’ lunches, and give you more time in the morning to focus on providing a healthy and nutritious breakfast.
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