Back to school is here and we have been getting all prepared about the upcoming school year. It’s hard to believe we are actually talking about this. Summer went by too fast! One thing that I need to be more prepared for this year is packed lunches. My daughter loves to bring her lunch because she really doesn’t like the school lunches. I totally understand but packing school lunches takes some planning and some time. There are a lot of good ideas and not so good ideas. After 16 years of teaching elementary school I’ve seen it all for school lunches. I have some great school lunch tips to share today from a teacher’s point of view.
Grocery Shop with Kids: Don’t do all the lunch planning yourself, get your kids involved in the action. Have them go to the store with you. If they have picked it out then you can help hold them accountable and they will know what exactly they are having.
Have kids Help Make the Lunch: My oldest is going into 3rd grade this year and she can fully help make her school lunches now. I will be there to assist but I think she needs to help more this year since I will be making 3 school lunches this year.
Independent: Kids should have full independence at school during lunch. Things you send should be easily opened (for them) and easy to eat. I love the kid’s go-gurt but kids need to be able to open it. Teachers do not carry scissors around (like some might think!). Make sure you pack all needed utensils.
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Think Healthy and Lite: School lunch times can vary. Sometimes they are super early and sometimes late in the day. Lunch needs to be light but meaningful. Kids don’t need a 5 course meal! A protein, a veggie, a fruit, and carb will be great. Try and stay away from all the sugary stuff and just say no to sodas! So many kids come with sodas for lunch! Stick to water and save the soda for a special day or after school if you must.
Easy to Open/Use Lunch box: Yes, sack lunches work just fine but it’s great to have a lunch box that you can reuse and have containers to keep your items cool. Fit and Fresh has great options and my daughter was so happy about this new insulated lunch kit with a reusable water bottle and chilled container set. I love that the containers snap together and they can be easily opened. The pattern is so adorable and fun!
Do you have any other lunch tips to add to this?
I received the Fit and Fresh lunch kit to help facilitate my review. Opinions are all mine.