8.22.2016

How To Pack The Best Lunch For Your Littles

For those of us who have little ones it's not long until they'll be back in school. With this comes the dreaded thought of packing lunches. Last year I discovered some easy tricks to make lunch prep a little easier on me and more enjoyable for my boys.

First, I've come to learn that doing a good job is made easier by using the right tools. For an efficient method of packing lunches invest in a few sectioned lunch boxes. Not only do they make packing a breeze, foods stay fresh and there is no wasted disposable packaging. Tip - *invest in two or more containers so that you have a back up in case one is in the dishwasher or gets left at school. Also don't forget to label with a sharpie.
Think outside of the box. Sandwiches are a staple but the possibilities for other packed lunches are endless. I've discovered finger foods paired with dips, such as hummus, tzatziki, greek yogurt ranch dressing, etc... make lunch a little more exciting. I send pita strips with an array of chopped vegetables. Don't forget to utilize dinner from the night before too. You can even send leftover meatloaf. Serve it cubed with cubed cheese and cucumber. Greek Salad wraps, hardboiled eggs, crackers and cheese with a side of red pepper strips. The sky's the limit with possibilities.

When it comes to the dessert portion of lunch I like to skip the sugary stuff and opt for something healthy. Snacks are made easy with the help of a wide range of Sunrype bars. I keep them in divided bins in a dedicated snack drawer so they're easy to grab. I pack the lunches and allow my boys to pick out 3 or 4 bars to throw in their bag. I like that these bars are all nut free, gluten free and vegan plus they're packed with lots of other healthy nutrients. I also like knowing that if they don't make it all the way through their lunch while seated inside, that the pre wrapped bars can go outside on the playground with them. Extra bars mean they have something at both recesses or after school on the way home if they're hungry. 

Routine... At the end of the day we have the habit that everyone unpacks the lunch box from the day and puts it in the sink. After all, no one likes to discover a mouldy surprise a few days after it's prime.
This post was sponsored by Sunrype. Tips, ideas and opinions are my own.
I hope this helps. Happy lunching!
xo Erica

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