Well, it’s that time of year again: time to pack your kids’ lunches. For the next ten months, day after day, you’ll be required to send your children off into the world with food they’ll not only eat, but food that is healthy, nourishing—and capable of living in a lunch box for approximately eight hours sans refrigeration.
This one household task can be incredibly overwhelming—and boring. After all, once you’ve found something that meets the above criteria, it’s easy to just keep making it (Wow-butter and jelly sandwiches, anyone?) leading to a major lunch rut.
To start this school year off on the right foot—and delay the inevitable packing fatigue—you may want to check out Packing Healthy School Lunches and Snacks FAQs, an article by the Dieticians of Canada. It’s full of helpful tips and tricks to keep school lunches healthy and interesting (and safe to eat!).
I’d also recommend searching the internet for lunch ideas and starting a Pinterest board to store your favourites. I love these quick-and-easy blender muffins and mini deep dish pizzas (both of which are easy to freeze and thaw by lunch time if you pack lunches at night).
What do you hate most about packing lunches? And what are your favourite go-to menu items?