Everyday Lunches

One question I get often is whether or not I make themed lunches for my kids everyday.  The answer is absolutely, categorically NO!!  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know that I work full-time and the demands on my schedule are fairly intense at this time of year.  The first few months of school are easily the hardest as I juggle both businesses along with adjusting to the new school routine.  As a result, I don’t have a lot of time (or energy) to create themed lunches everyday.  Instead my kids often go to school with quick-and-easy lunches that are fairly mindless yet still packed with nutritious foods that fill them up and keep them satisfied throughout the day.

A few tips for packing quick-and-easy lunches:

  • Pre-cut fruit and veggies over the weekend and store them in easy to access containers so they are at your fingertips in the morning!
  • Keep baked goods in the freezer and pull one out in the morning, by lunch it will be thawed.  I typically make a batch of cookies, muffins, and a bar of some kind every Sunday.  This keeps the freezer stocked with a variety of “treats” that can easily be added to a lunch box or used for an after school snack.
  • Leftovers for lunch!  When we have leftovers I store them in individual serving size Lock and Lock containers.  I’ll re-heat the leftovers in the oven in the morning while I’m making breakfast.  Then all I have to do is put them in a Thermos for my boys to take to school which is great when they want a break from traditional sandwiches.
  • Make double batches.  Often times when I’m making baked goods I’ll double the batch just so I have extras on hand.
  • Hard boil a dozen eggs over the weekend.  My boys love hard boiled eggs and I love having them on hand for a quick side at any meal during the day.  They also make a quick and easy snack as they are running out the door!
Here’s a peek at a few of the lunches I packed for my boys this week…each took me less than 5 minutes to pack (with the exception of re-heating the leftovers which took 15 minutes in the oven):
Lunch 1:  BBQ chicken wings packed in a Thermos, Almond Flour Blueberry Muffin, cheese curds, jicama strips, hardboiled egg, strawberries.
Lunch 2:  Nitrite-free turkey roll up on Joseph’s Flax Bread, broccoli, raspberries/blueberries, hard boiled egg, almonds, sugar-free/grain free peanut butter cookie (you could use Sunbutter if peanut allergies are a concern) all packed in a Planet Lunch Box
Lunch 3:  Natural p.b & sugar-free Nature’s Hollow jam roll up on Joseph’s Flax Bread, carrots, hard boiled egg,  sugar-free/grain free peanut butter cookie , string cheese, strawberries all packed in a Planet Lunch Box
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One Response to Everyday Lunches

  1. cherie says:

    I’m thinking through things that will work for us this week [our first week back] and I’ve already decided that I need to do the egg thing on Sunday LOL – not sure the teens will bring the hb eggs but they’ll eat them after school – I will also make a big batch of diced tomatoes and mozzarella which my 14yo has been taking in a thermos this week.
    I’ll also be parcelling out some bags of veggie chips and such into packable snack sized amounts!

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