28 Sep, 2010
Easy (and Healthy!) Lunch Ideas
Posted by: Meg In: Lunchbox Ideas
It is late September… Are you already in a lunch packing rut? Now that everyone is settling into new school routines and attempting to get used to those early mornings, it is important to have easy tricks and tools on hand so we can pack a lunch that is healthy–and fun–for our kids. This year, I have tried to be better about packing my kids lunches the night before. However, in reality that only happens about half the time I like remembering a few tricks to help morning lunch packing go smoothly.
The healthy lunch tips I rely on most include:
- keep a steady supply of cut up melon or pineapple in the fridge. Always great to throw into a lunchbox!
- have your kids favorite nuts or Homemade Trail Mix on hand to give a protein punch to your kids lunch and keep their hunger satisfied till the end of the school day
- when you make hard boiled eggs, throw in a few extra to have on hand to send in with lunch during the week
- when you make a salad, cut up extra veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, or carrots to throw in tomorrow’s lunchboxes
- keep dried fruit such as apricots and craisins around, so if you are out of fresh fruit you can throw in a handful
- cheese. yum. keep some cubes in the fridge to throw in. If you have the time, cut up into fun shapes using miniature cookie cutters.
For more tips see my Top 10 Easy Lunch Box Ideas post.
Hopefully you are already packing a waste-free or mostly waste-free lunchbox. If not please consider making this change since you will do something great for the environment and save money in the long run, too! My favorite kids lunchboxes of the moment include Planetbox, Laptop Lunches, and Easy Lunchboxes. If you have a favorite of your own let me know!
I hope these lunch ideas are helpful, and if you have others to share please do so! Hope these early weeks of the school year are going well for everyone