Little Kids' Lunches Four Ways
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.
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
Fruit and veggie pouches
Microwaved potatoes or sweet potato
Thomas mini cinnamon bagels with cream cheese
Turkey deli slices
Crackers and cheese slices
Canned chick peas
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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