Last year, I asked my readers to share with me tips on making back to school lunches easier.
The tips I received were:
- Cutting their sandwiches into shapes
- Save time by making their lunch the night before.
- Freezing a water bottle, instead of sending an ice pack. Water will stay cold and keep lunch cold.
- Pre-making sandwiches using 6 pack dinner rolls, cutting them and freezing left overs, put frozen ones in lunch box, defrosted by lunch time. (You can use regular bread too, but it takes longer to defrost)
- Buy a 6 pack of Gatorade bottles, reuse bottles. Send kids with juice, koolaid etc.
- Heat soups or pasta in the morning, will be lukewarm by lunch time
- Fruit and Veggies along with dip make great sides in lieu of chips
- PBJ in a tortilla. (Add apples slices for more fun)
- Make a list of all the items you’ve made lunch with, this way on those days that you can’t figure out what to make, you’ll have your list to refer to.
- Bagels and cream cheese
- Get a large flour tortilla, stuff it will all your goodies and roll it. Cut into slices. An easy way to make multiple lunches.
- Often times my kids come home with a good bit of their lunch. I started feeding them a hearty breakfast and sending quick things for them to eat at lunch. Cheese slices, crackers, ham slices (kind of like your own homemade lunchable.) Fruits and Veggies.
- Hot dogs or Corn Dogs heated and wrapped in foil before leaving for school
One of the things I purchased was an insulated food container, like this:
This made my life so much easier, because I would open up a can soup or pasta, heat it up and it would stay warm for the kids for lunch time and the best part of it there was no fuss involved. One of the things I did have difficulty with is giving them enough to drink. My kids always seemed so thirsty. I’m still working on what works best for quenching their thirst.
Do you have any other ideas I may not have mentioned? If so, please share, I’ll be sharing more suggestions!