Top 10 Packing School Lunch Ideas. Check ’em out!

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Need some packing school lunch ideas?Need some packing school lunch ideas?

Packing school lunch every morning doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. With a bit of planning and some ideas on how to mix it up-it can even be fun!

Read on for 10 top ways to make it easy and fun to pack kids’ school lunches.

1. Have your child make a list of things they do — and don’t — want in their lunch. Having options for different things they like will make it easier to avoid lunchtime boredom. Sometimes they just haven’t thought about it!

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00200L840″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41W06LikCRL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]2. Think beyond sandwiches! Make a list of “categories” and let your kids check off each night what they want. Have them pick something from each category:

  • Grains (crackers, whole wheat pretzels, etc.)
  • Diary (cheese stick, cheese cubes, yogurt tube, etc.)
  • Protein (salami slices, rolled up lunch meats, nuts, etc.)
  • Fruits/veggies (pepper slices, mini carrots, grapes, cherry tomatoes, etc.)
  • Treat item (cheese crackers, animal cookies, etc.)

Oftentimes you can package lots of these things in a cute little bento box to make every day a surprise!

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B001GPBSJK” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TIR8MpYwL._SL160_.jpg” width=”132″]3. Use different bread for a sandwich. Sometimes it’s as easy as choosing a new type of bread to make a sandwich more exciting! Try a bagel, a roll or an English muffin or use a tortilla for a wrap. Or use a set of fun cookie cutters to make their bread into shapes.

4. Set aside 15 minutes on Sunday night to pre-package all the snacks so they are ready to go. Better yet, enlist your child t help!

5. Consider leftovers. Making chicken and rice for dinner? Make some extra to include in the lunches the next day (yours too!). It will be fresher and healthier than something you buy at the store or the cafeteria and help mix things up in the lunch box arena.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00CBFAF48″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31b0NiZwZnL._SL160_.jpg” width=”60″]6. Use your thermos. Something like mac and cheese or soup can be fun on a cold day.

7. Bake taquitos or a quesadilla and wrap in foil to keep warm until lunchtime.

8. Dips are another fun idea. Send in ‘dippers’ such as celery sticks, carrot sticks and bread sticks or crackers and put in ranch or a red pepper spread.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00958N4GU” locale=”us” height=”121″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414-s6srG-L._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]9. Invest in good quality containers. Zip tops can be expensive and are also so very wasteful! Plastic containers can be used over and over…and over! Check these out for perfect lunchbox size.

10. If you send juice boxes or pouches, freeze them the night before to keep the whole lunch cold. Or just send a reusable water bottle. I like this one that comes in lots of colors! If your child likes a little flavoring, squeeze in a few drops of lemon.

BONUS: Don’t forget the napkin and the little note or fun stickers.

Have some more packing school lunch ideas? Would love to hear them in the comments below!

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