10 Lunch Box Tips

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Here is a glimpse of my normal lunch packing each day. Five out of the six of us pack about twice a week. Three of us pack every day {me, hubby and 3-year-old}. My teenager thinks it’s uncool now :)  How do I manage six lunch boxes leaving at 6:30 in the morning? Here are my best tips:

  1. Pack the night before.
  2. Pack right after dinner while the leftovers are ready to go {I always plan 2 extra servings for lunch the next day}.
  3. I pack adult leftovers in glass bowls for easier reheating.
  4. I pack kid’s lunches in these handy divided containers and section off with silicone cups.

IMG_66635.  Be creative with proteins. I always have a batch of my world’s easiest boiled eggs for my non-sandwich eater.

6. Pack fun lunches for kids, they are more likely to indulge.

7. Pack snacky, like these energy bites,cheese sticks, granola bars or cookies. {Baked cookies and bars can go from freezer to lunch box}.

8. Pack the colors of the rainbow and you are sure to include lots of vitamins and minerals.

9. Pack a frozen item, such as a frozen smoothie or juice box to thaw by lunch {it doubles as a freezer pack}.

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10. Make extra convenience items, such as DIY mini-pizza, pizza bagel bites or pizza mini-muffins for lunch boxes.

lunchbox pizzas (3)What are your best lunch box tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments.

 

 

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  1. When my oldest (who wants DIFFERENT foods each day) left for college, I was surprised at how much easier breakfast and lunch became!

    Every morning, I make the same breakfast for my teen:
    bowl of oatmeal with caramel sauce.
    sliced fruit.
    milk

    for lunch, she takes:
    1 container of leftovers
    1 baggie of sliced apples or pea pods
    1 baggie of chocolate raisins
    every day.

    DH has started eating oatmeal for lunch. He keeps most supplies in his office.

    So, his lunchbox contains:
    1 glass of milk
    1 banana
    1 yogurt
    glass bowl
    2 breakfast bars
    fork, spoon, cloth napkin.

    I bought some odd forks at the thrift store; that way, if one get lost, our set isn’t broken up.

  2. Krystal says:

    Where do you get your containers that you back your lunches and yogurt in? I am looking for them but cannot seem to find them!

    • Krystal, the plastic lunch box containers with divided sections I found at Wal-Mart. I’ve seen them at Target and Home stores as well for about $6. The yogurt tubes I bought on Amazon and the small round containers for yogurt I found at Dollar General, 6 or 8, can’t remember for $1. I love this size for nuts, dressings and yogurt for my toddler.

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