Back to School Lunches
Getting your children ready for school is probably one of the most stressful parts of parenting. Waking your kids up, getting them dressed, making lunch, and just getting them out the door might be a pain. And while those things may be difficult, here are some ways to make it a little easier on both you and your kids.
Kids generally like finger foods, so try cutting their sandwich up into little pieces. It will make it easier for them to eat, and they will probably enjoy it more. Replace sugary sweets with fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and sliced apples. Perhaps add peanut butter or yogurt to dip their fruit in. A healthy side can be vegetables like baby carrots or cherry tomatoes. Another good addition is cheese cubes. Sandwich alternatives could be quesadillas or dumplings! At the end of the day, your kids should eat what they are given. However, giving it to them in a way they like can convince them to eat healthier!
How you pack the lunch can can make or break the meal. If you give them a plastic lunch box, make sure that it isn't difficult to open. You may want to use a general paper bag, but that may not be feasible as the bag may break. Ideally, an easily accessible bento box may be the best option.
Prepare lunch the day before, so you don't have to rush in the morning to get your kids their food. Set aside an hour before you go to sleep to prepare their lunches. Usually, it shouldn't take any longer than an hour to prepare simple lunches.
Give your kids the nice healthy lunch that they deserve. Good luck this school year, and don't stress out!