We All Need Simple School Lunch Ideas
Well, September has arrived and has hit us all like a freight train. I don’t know about you guys, but I have mixed feelings when it comes to my 4 year old daughter starting school: Giddiness to having some potential kid-free time, sadness to watch my first child grow so quickly, and complete anxiousness when it comes to preparing my daughter for school and packing her lunches.
Like most moms, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. I am a Registered Nurse working full-time, I have two busy small children, a ridiculously picky dog who is the bain of my existence, and I like to write in my spare time.
Time is pretty tight around here, and I don’t like the thought of having to put thought into a daily lunch or worry that her lunch won’t be enough to fuel her tiny but fierce little body.
So I began scouring the land of Pinterest for lunch ideas, and lo-and-behold I actually found great simple and healthy lunch ideas that appear doable, even by me – the most comical Pinterest-failer out there.
Gone are the days of the paper bag lunches of our fore-mothers. Oh, no. Now there are bento-boxes and little cups to separate each food group and devices to cut the sandwiches into cute shapes and… Well, this is giving me anxiety just thinking about it.
So, I thought I would share some of my lazy-ain’t-got-time-for-that hacks for packing school lunches and have included some articles I found with actually useful lunch ideas.
Pretty great idea, huh?!
Print off the Suggestion List!
By subscribing to The Mama Nurse at the bottom of this post, you will receive a copy of the Packing a Lunch Suggestion List, which will give you an idea of what items you could include in your child(ren)’s lunch. Basically all you have to do is pick four items, one from each section, and there you go! You can also mix and match throughout the week to prevent boredom!
Plan for the Week Ahead
If you’re already meal planning a week at a time before picking up groceries (which has made a huge difference in our household), this will be super easy to add in! Just add an extra section to the meal plan list and include different items that your child(ren) would like in their lunches.
Make it Before Bed
If you’re anything like me or my kids, you’re not a morning person and you’re never on time. Make your mornings before school a little less hectic by making lunches the night before! We have gotten into the habit of emptying and repacking our daughter’s lunch right after she gets home from school, while she enjoys a snack at the dinner table and tells us about her day. That way, she is also there to give input so that she will actually eat what we put in! Which brings me to my next point…
Get Your Kid On-Board
Nothing is worse than spending time out of your busy day making lunches, only to have your kids come home starving every day off the bus. By keeping your child involved in the lunch-making process (have him/her check off the foods they would like this week from the checklist, help with the grocery planning and the lunch-making the night before), the lunches that you make should have a kid-friendly stamp of approval!
Now, on to the Meat & Potatoes!
Healthy & Simple School Lunch Ideas
What do you think? Do you have any other helpful school lunch ideas for other parents out there? Please add them in the comment section below!
Thanks for reading!
xo, The Mama Nurse