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Working moms and stay-at-home moms are busy. Our time is valuable, and we are usually stretched pretty thin. Now that my daughter has started kindergarten, I am making her breakfast and lunch to bring to school everyday, and it can be a challenge with a 4-month-old to take care of as well.
Packing nutritious food that my daughter will actually eat, is a priority of mine, even though time isn’t on my side, so I created a list of lunchbox tips for busy moms that help me on busy school mornings!
1. Make a Snack Box with Ready-to-Go favs
I usually will pick one main dish for breakfast (scrambled eggs, english muffin with pb, or homemade french toast sticks) and lunch (bbq brisket bagel, chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese) and then I will add 2 items from Elle’s snack box. I have one snack box (a small plastic storage bin) in the fridge with perishable items, and another in the pantry for non-perishables. Having those extras on hand definitely speeds up the packing process!
2. Make Your Own Snack Bags
Buying individually packaged snacks can be expensive, so why not make your own? Buy in bulk, and break down the snacks into snack bags, and toss them into your snack box and they’ll be ready to go!
3. Pack Lunchboxes at Night
I have found that I have much more time in the evenings, after my kiddos have gone to bed, so I will prep as much of Elle’s breakfast and lunch as I can. That way, they’re ready or almost ready to go in the morning. If you already have your drink and sides in the lunchbox, and you want to get up and make scrambled eggs, having everything else prepped saves precious minutes in the morning, and may help you make it to school on time or even a little early!
4. Utilize Leftovers
This is a huge money and time saver for me. When making dinner at night, I will save a little of whatever protein I cooked and transform it for Elle’s lunch. If I made a brisket for Sunday night’s dinner, I will add some bbq sauce to it and put it on a bagel for a bbq brisket sandwich. This is a great way to use up leftovers, avoid waste, and save yourself from having to make a whole new meal for your LO.
5. Ask your LO for Help Packing
This sounds obvious, but ask your kids what they want to eat! A couple weeks into school, when much of the food I sent to school with Elle was coming back untouched, I finally started asking her to pick out her food the day before.
Of course, you’ll need to lay out some ground rules, so they don’t pack an entire lunchbox of candy. Tell them to pick out one veggie, one fruit, one dairy, etc., and give them 2 or 3 choices in each category. I have discovered that if my daughter picks out the food in her lunch, she is much more likely to eat it.
6. Make your own Ice Packs
Take some colorful sponges, soak them in water, put it in a quart ziploc bag, and freeze it. You have a ready-made, inexpensive Ice Pack! I got this idea from my daughter’s preschool. They used to do this for ice packs in case of boo-boos. Cheap, quick and easy. And if it gets lost at school, not a huge loss.
7. Pack WetOnes Singles
I recently discovered WetOnes Singles, which are the WetOnes wipes that I use frequently with my daughter, but they’re individually wrapped and the perfect size to add to a lunchbox! This serves two purposes: one, if their hands are dirty before they eat, this is a great way to encourage them to clean their hands before eating. Secondly, if you want to pack messy lunches (bbq sandwiches, for instance), the WetOnes can help keep their hands clean after eating, and hopefully stop them from wiping their hands on their new clothing (or is it just my child that does that?).
WetOnes kill 99.99% of germs, hypoallergenic, and they are created with an Aloe formula, so they won’t dry out or irritate your child’s hands. They are America’s #1 Hand Wipe, so when you buy them, you know you are in good company with other moms.
What lunchbox tips for busy moms work for you? Share your tips in the comments!
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