With school back in full swing, it’s important to send kids to school with a healthy, delicious lunch. Packing your child’s lunch can be easy and quick to do and can be less expensive than buying lunch each day. Here are some tips for creating the perfect lunch.
Don’t leave lunch packing for the morning, it makes breakfast time hectic and may make packing lunch seem like a hassle. Instead, pack a lunch the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. The best time to pack may be during dinner clean up.
Use lunch boxes and plastic containers to pack food for your child’s lunch. It will not only help keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot, but it is also environmentally responsible. When choosing plastic, aim for ones that are PBA-free and are free of other known toxins.
Have leftovers from dinner? Use them as lunch the next day. Leftover chicken can be remade into a chicken salad sandwich. This will cut down on any waste from the previous night’s meal and provide your child with a healthy, balanced, already prepared meal!
Incorporate seasonal items in your child’s lunch. On a cold winter day pack soup in a thermos, or during the spring, pack a colorful salad using in-season produce.
Variety is the Key
Kids who are bored with their lunch will be more likely to throw it out. Instead of packing a sandwich every day, mix it up. Give you kids wraps, salads, soup, cheese and crackers, pita and hummus, and other foods to keep it interesting.
Pack with Love
Add an encouraging note or small treat to let your child know you are thinking about them during the day.
Play it Safe
Be sure to keep food safety in mind when packing your child’s bagged lunch. Wash your hands before preparing their lunch and pack a disinfectant wipe so they will have clean hands before eating.