When it comes to back to school season, so many of us get so stressed out that we need all the easy lunchbox hacks that we can get. Not only do we want to include tasty and nutritious foods, but we want to make sure our children eat what is in their lunchbox!
Even if you love packing your child’s lunch to make sure they are getting what they want, (along with a few healthy foods thrown in) it certainly takes time. Your children may come home the next day complaining about how their food didn’t last the way you had presented it, and that can be frustrating too. Here are some easy lunchbox hacks that can help you solve a couple of problems you may be facing.
Please note that some of these tips are for schools that are not nut-free. You can make your own peanut butter-free sandwiches ahead of time but obviously don’t include PB or any other spread that has nuts. Keep reading to discover these easy lunchbox hacks!
Easy Lunchbox Hacks
Lunchtime is an important time! You don’t have a lot of time, but you need to eat as quickly as possible. Check out these easy lunchbox hacks to make packing lunches even easier.
Prep a Week’s Worth of Meals at Once
Ever realize how much time you spend the night before getting your kid’s lunches ready for the next day? Why not make enough sandwiches for the entire week and freeze them? They’ll taste just as good and save you time fretting about it. You can also make wraps, slice them in 4 and freeze in individual zippered bags. Save even more time by having string cheese, carrot sticks, grapes, and beef sticks already sorted into containers for quick convenience. Tip: frozen grapes taste delicious!
Freeze Drinks for Ice Packs
If there simply isn’t enough room in your child’s lunch box for an ice pack, try freezing their drinks instead. By the time lunch rolls around, their drink will be thawed and their food will still be cool.
Make Your Own Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables
As we mentioned earlier, freezing sandwiches is a good way to go. Make your own large batch of PB&J “Uncrustables” and keep them in the freezer until you need them. You can switch things up by adding Nutella or almond butter instead of peanut butter. Or just use jelly if your child’s school is nut-free.
Freeze Yogurt Packs
Not only will frozen yogurt keep everything cool, it tastes delicious. On Sunday night, make sure to pop at least 5 in the freezer so the next morning they will be perfect for that day’s lunchbox.
Keep Apple Slices Fresh with Saran or Plastic Wrap
Do your children complain that their apple slices are brown by lunchtime? Go ahead and cut them, saran wrap them around the core, and this problem is solved.
Create Your Own Ice Packs
Maybe you just don’t have any ice packs on hand. That’s okay! Create your own ice packs using sponges soaked in water and then put in small Ziploc bags. This might also help with space too.
Make Your Own “Lunchables”
If you don’t stock up on Lunchables when they are on sale, they can be a bit too pricey. The food selection is also not the healthiest. You can use divided storage containers to create your own Lunchables for the kids and include healthy options to go along with their little dessert. Make sure to include crackers, their favorite cheese cubes or slices, turkey or roast beef slices, and grapes or other fresh fruit.
Use Cookie Cutters For Fun Sandwiches
Shake things up a bit by using cookie cutters to create fun shapes after you make your child’s sandwiches. Hearts, stars, cars, and trees are only a few shapes that will surprise and delight your kid!
These are quick and easy lunchbox hacks that will make your job easier the night before. What are some other easy lunchbox hacks that you’ve found to be a lifesaver?
I hope these tips help you stress less during back to school season!