Little Kids' Lunches Four Ways

Dr. Praeger carrot puffs, green grapes, hummus, and baby carrots. 

Dr. Praeger carrot puffs, green grapes, hummus, and baby carrots. 

Question for you...  Do you find mornings to be crazy and exhausting? Oh man... For me, they definitely are. More often than not we're running really late, I'm forcing someone to wear pants, and there's something we're going to leave at home. Plastic fork, sippy cup, a left shoe? Something. And I know that every professional out there recommends making lunches the night before to reduce morning stress but that rarely happens at our house. Woops! Consequently, I've come to rely on fast, easy-to-pack lunches. Sometimes I use leftovers from dinner, and sometimes I just grab something from the freezer to defrost until lunch. If you're looking for simple additions to your lunch repertoire, here are some ideas (above and below). Feel free to comment with your ideas because about twice a week my kids return with untouched lunches because they "don't like" their favorite foods anymore. 

Happy hunger games, moms. May the odds be ever in our favor. 

Black bean salad - black beans, rice, shredded cheese, and tomatoes. These are usually leftovers from dinner the night before so it's easy for me to pack.    

Black bean salad - black beans, rice, shredded cheese, and tomatoes. These are usually leftovers from dinner the night before so it's easy for me to pack.  
 

Angelic Bakehouse bread without crust (honey wheat raisin) with cheddar cheese, purple grapes, and canned corn.  

Angelic Bakehouse bread without crust (honey wheat raisin) with cheddar cheese, purple grapes, and canned corn.
 

Smuckers PB & J uncrustables, cheddar cheese slices, banana, green apple, and peanut butter. Little plastic containers are great when you need just one more thing to keep your kid satisfied. 

Smuckers PB & J uncrustables, cheddar cheese slices, banana, green apple, and peanut butter. Little plastic containers are great when you need just one more thing to keep your kid satisfied. 

A few more ideas to pack for lunch and/or to supplement lunch
with that weren't pictured:

Pasta with cheese or sauce - cooked at home or from the deli
Hard boiled eggs - find them pre-peeled in packages by the eggs or milk
Berries, frozen or regular
Clementines
Yogurt
Apple Sauce
Fruit and veggie pouches

Microwaved potatoes or sweet potato
Thomas mini cinnamon bagels with cream cheese
Dr. Praeger's
Turkey deli slices

Granola bars
String cheese
Veggie Straws
Animal Crackers
Crackers and cheese slices
Canned chick peas
Chicken/turkey/hot dogs

Fish sticks

I recommend bento boxes or containers with separate sections for different foods. It makes everything feel organized. Depending on the brand they can be expensive at regular price, but they can be up to 50% off at grocery stores. Also try your local dollar store or online. 

*Important Note: carrots and grapes (unless cut lengthwise/in quarters) are recommended only for kids 4 years and older* 
 

What are your tips and tricks for packing lunches? Do you feel like you need therapy after every morning hustle? 

P.S. Other quick tips to live by... 
Make-up fast, morning routines fast, and then naturally... a post on losing it ;) 

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