Back-to-school season is in full swing which means plenty of lunch prepping. In our last blog post, we shared planning tips and dietitian-approved Simple Back-to-School Recipes to help you save time and money when sending the family back to class. For even more Lunchbox Love ideas, we teamed-up with three parents to share their tips for keeping school lunches creative yet practical. Read below to incorporate these suggestions into your daily routine.
This Bento Box is flavorful and fun! Image Courtesy of SkinnyTaste.
Rethink the Sandwich
Looking for a sans-sandwich lunchbox recipe to keep things exciting for your adventurous eater? SkinnyTaste demonstrates a finger food recipe that mixes things up for the school week and adds a fun twist to the traditional sandwich. Bento Box Turkey and Cheese Rollups have all the sandwich fixings, like our Never Any! Oven Roasted Turkey and Appleton Farms Center Cut Bacon, but these rollups fit perfectly into Bento-style compartments.
Lunches are another way of saying, “I love you.” Image Courtesy of SkinnyTaste.
In our last blog post we talked about how we like to use cookie cutters to make unexpected food designs. SkinnyTaste cut heart shapes into cucumbers and we love this combination of healthy and cute! From cucumber hearts to hard-boiled eggs, finger foods are a great way to keep lunches entertaining for kids of all ages. No forks or spoons required! Snacks are easy for kids to pick-up and the minimal prepping means these lunches are easy on parents, too.
Make a Monster of a Lunch
These faces are great lunchtime friends. Photo courtesy of Lunchbox Dad.
Kids’ lunch connoisseur, Beau Coffron, from the blog Lunchbox Dad, puts a creative spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly recipe. Look intimidating? Don’t worry! It takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Beau demonstrates the process step-by-step and outlines everything you need to give your child’s lunch extra character.
Spread on the goodness! Photo courtesy of Lunchbox Dad.
Pantry staples like Berryhill Strawberry Preserves and SimplyNature Cashew Butter are the foundations of this Monster-Themed Lunch. Strawberries, blueberries and apples not only add to the finishing touches, but are a great way to incorporate fresh fruit into your child’s lunch. Who knew that almonds could be used as fangs?
Mix, Match and Freeze
Kate Bryan, of The Small Things Blog, shares her quick and easy idea. She freezes sandwiches ahead of time for lunches so she doesn’t have to make one daily. Her kids’ favorite lunch items are the Never Any! Uncured Honey Ham or Chicken Breast and Happy Farms Deli Sliced Cheeses. Pairing them with the L’Oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Bread, she can quickly put together a delicious no-fuss sandwich. We’ve heard that freezing yogurt also works well or, as mentioned in our previous post, you can freeze juice boxes and use them as ice packs.
Kate Bryan has a snack box in her kitchen. Follow suit and you’ll always have a few things to throw into the lunchbox on a crazed morning. Mix-and-match your child’s lunchbox snacks with a variety of fun (and better-for-you!) options, including no-added sugar SimplyNature Fruit Squeezies and easy-to-peel Happy Farms Cheese Snack Sticks.
We want to hear how you get ahead for back-to-school. Share your tips in the comments box below!