How are you guys coping with the back to school lunch making routine? I feel like I’m getting into my lunch making groove, and I am shocked to find that I actually prefer having to pack school lunches every day, rather than every other.
How do you ensure your kids eat their school lunch? How do you save time getting lunches ready? As part of my Rubbermaid LunchBlox giveaway I asked you folks for your best lunch making tips, and I’ve got to hand it to you, you guys had some really clever answers.
My trick is on the weekend to bake muffins and individually wrap them then put them in the freezer, so I can just grab them and toss them in – @ddplay
…if there is something he won’t eat at home, I won’t pack it – if he won’t eat it at home, it’s even less likely that he’ll eat it away. – @LisaJLKHansen
I have learned that veggies seem to go to school – not learn anything and come home again no matter how many times I send them, so we focus on veggies at supper and bedtime snack they aren’t wasted. – Nicole
I prep all the snacks for the week on Sunday. I then make the sandwiches the morning of. – Shannon’s View From Here
In winter, I made ‘Snowmen’ and each one took one to school every day with their lunch. This was a rich dough made with milk, margarine, etc. , with orange rind and orange juice added to the mix. The cut-out baked men were iced and the faces were decorated with snips of gumdrops. To this day, I am asked if I am making ‘Snowmen’ this year! ~ Elva R.
Containers with compartments work best for us because they prefer snacks rather than meals. – Sherry
Many of you agreed that packing the night before is a sanity saver and that the key to getting your kids to eat their lunch is to get them involved in creating it.
Chop en masse.
For things that don’t spoil quickly, prep and/or chop up large quantities all at once and then store in big storage bags or reusable containers until its lunch packing time. Melon, sweet peppers, brick cheese are great examples of what can be pre-chopped. Even grapes can be cleaned and prepped in advance.
Make a little extra.
My favourite time saving tip for those like me who still have little ones at home during the school day, is to prepare a little extra and pre-make snacks for your preschooler to eat at home.
Give ’em what they want.
The number one tip for helping get your kids to eat their school lunches? Ask them what they want! Talk about healthy choices and have them help pack their lunch.
If you haven’t entered yet and you need the perfect containers for packing perfect lunches, head over and check out my Rubbermaid LunchBlox giveaway which ends Oct. 4th.