Its the first week of school. (Didn’t we just do this?) Time to get back into the swing of things making lunches for everyone every night. Last year, I decided that our lunches were not only boring, but wasteful. My kids like lunches with lots of variety. But that meant a small bag of grapes, a small bag of blueberries, a small bag of crackers, a small bag of cheese, a small bag of cookies… That’s a lot of plastic bags getting thrown away every day. So I decided to switch to reusable containers. I considered bento boxes, but there were so expensive and I wanted to have at least 2 per kid, so I could work ahead when we’re extra busy.
I started using Glad storage containers and silicone muffin cups – instead of spending $100+ on bento boxes, I had enough for two days of lunches for three kids for around $25. My kids love their lunches – I pack them up the night or two before and every day they get something new and different. They’ve even told me their friends are jealous – and that they’ve convinced their moms to make lunches like this!
Every other night, I set up an assembly line of fruit, veggies and lunch supplies and go to town!
My oldest is a huge fan of wraps. Her favorites are turkey and cheese and veggie. She is a huge veggie lover, so her lunch always has lots to munch on. Sometimes I put a small container of ranch dressing for her to dip veggies in, as well.
turkey and cheese wrap, celery sticks, yellow pepper strips, raspberries, cucumbers & grape tomatoes
My other daughter hates sandwiches. Her favorite things to bring are salad or leftovers, like soup or chili. She has a little insulated thermos for leftovers and we use a small snack container for her salads – they’re the perfect size for her appetite. This is one of her favorite Quinoa Salad, which I paired with some fruits and veggies. When she brings things like chili, her box contains things like shredded cheese and a few tortilla chips as well.
quinoa salad, celery sticks, yellow pepper strips, bing cherries, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and raspberries
My son loves either salami sandwiches or cheese and crackers for school (since school is a no peanut butter zone). And his favorite “cheese sticks”.
salami sandwich on whole wheat, cucumbers, celery sticks, yellow pepper strips, blackberries, grape tomatoes and string cheese
My kids love their fancy lunches – they really don’t take any longer to make. I usually stop at the farmer’s market once a week to stock up on fresh veggies and fruit and spend a bit of time before the school week starts washing and chopping so everything is ready to go for lunches that week. Glad makes my food prep and storage and transport easy as pie! I love how easy it is – I can just throw everything in the dishwasher – and they are so inexpensive that its not a big deal if one gets misplaced at school. And they’re BPA-free to boot!
Do you have great tips and tricks for getting healthy lunches into your kids every day? Share your Back to School recipes, tips and ideas on the “Mom Made” promotion on the Glad Facebook page before August 31st and you’ll be eligible to win a lunch kit for your kids’ entire class!
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