It’s week number two of the back-to-school craziness and already I have broken my well-intentioned commitment to myself to ensure the optimal health and well-being of my children’s nutritional needs. Long story short, I have only packed one school lunch so far! UGH! As each school year begins, I am full of renewed hope and promise to print out the three school lunch calendars for all three kids and review the weekly selections with them to mutually determine what days they will pack their lunches. I don’t know about you, but when my kids come home and tell me they had a “Bosco Cheese Stick” for lunch I think, “Really? Do they seriously call that lunch?”
I decided the only way that my lunch intentions will stick this year is if I pre-plan and create my “most-likely-to-succeed” lunch program.
Thermos: For the child who doesn’t eat bread I needed to get creative. I picked up a small thermos so I can pack leftovers, spaghetti, soups, etc.
Tupperware-like containers: There are so many neat containers that come with smaller containers that fit perfectly inside. These are great for lunch meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies and dips and hard-boiled eggs.
Change the Breads: Sandwiches are great, portable and easy to eat. Instead of wheat and white bread, try banana bread with peanut butter or zucchini bread with cream cheese.
These are just a few ideas to get you jump-started. As I find more tips that work and allow for easy planning and preparation I will pass them along.