Summer is almost over and it is officially back-to-school time! The beginning of the year can be very daunting with new schedules and additional activities for the family to adjust to.
Then there is the anxiety of trying to figure out what to prepare for your kids school lunch every morning. Here is my simple routine to keep the madness under control in our busy household. It really doesn’t take much to make a morning flow a little more smoothly by taking a few extra steps to prep the week before.
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Every Sunday night I load up two bins in the fridge with enough cheese sticks and baggies of fruit for the week. Then I prepare three more pantry bins filled with crackers, apple sauce and juice. Each morning the bins are readily available so that the kids can easily grab an item from each bin and pack their lunch bags. This is one of those little tasks that can help assist with your kids independence and sense of responsibility.
Here are a few simple and healthy lunch ideas that will give the kids a little more variety than the boring old PB & J.
- Ham and Muenster cheese on a healthy multi-grain flat bun with sliced apples and red grapes.
- Turkey and cheddar cheese with spinach roll up on a whole wheat tortilla with cherry tomatoes and I usually add snap peas as well. This is a great lunch that the kids can help you prepare the night before.
- A no fuss Zesty Italian pasta is great to make on a Sunday night so that it’s ready to go for the next day served cold. I add my kids favorite veggies, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and small cubes of mozzarella cheese. Again, adding fruit on the side.
- Peanut Butter or Jelly (if Peanut Butter is permitted in your child’s school) along with a hard boiled egg and some fruit. I also add assorted cheese so that it’s a little more substantial.
Getting out the door on time can be a challenge but with a little preparation and help from the kids you can make a smooth transition into the school year that the whole family will feel good about.
What do you do to help make your school week a little less hectic?
Sherry Fahrenwald is freelance writer and events planner with a passion for fashion and interior design who lives in beautiful Hawaii with her husband and two kids. She enjoys lunch dates with the girls, walking the gorgeous beach of Kailua and most of all spending quality time with her family. In her free time you will find her blogging about life, fashion, interior design and parties at The Life of the Party blog.