How We… Make Lunches

I’m linking up with Erika and Shay today and sharing How We Do Lunches!  This is a great linkup because I’m sure we could all use some new lunch ideas!

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It’s that time of year again and back to school means it’s time to starting making sure we have all the supplies to start the year off right. Up until this year, we only had one school aged kiddo and we used a Yumbox to package his lunch in. I LOVE these compartmentalized lunchboxes because they keep everything together, mostly leak proof and are just the right portion sizes. They also fit perfectly into Pottery Barn’s Cold Pack Lunchbox, however, that’s the ONLY thing that will fit in there! This post is reminding me that I need to order one up for Laney too! I’m thinking I may get another 2-3 Yumboxes, so we can have them in rotation.

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So, what do I put in their lunch you ask?!  I always to try to pack a main “entrée”, vegetable, fruit and then a carb or treat of some sort. Here’s a list of some of the things we’ve tried.

  • Sandwiches (in wraps, bread, pita pockets)
  • Cheese, Crackers and Sausage
  • Fruit or fruit pouches (like go squeeze)
  • Carrots/broccoli/cauliflower   One of my kiddos NEVER eats the veggie I put in their lunch box, any suggestions to sneak something healthy in there that they’ll eat?!
  • Trail mix
  • Yogurt
  • Chips
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Sometimes we’ll have leftovers that the kid’s really enjoy and I’ll want to send something warm in their lunchboxes. In these instances, we use Kid’s Thermos.   I generally fill the Thermos with hot/boiling water and let it sit for awhile to “prime” the Thermos before I put the food in. I prepare the lunch to be heated the night before so I’m not monkeying around with that in the morning and it’s ready to go when I am. I heat the food to be served extra hot, in hopes that it’s warm buy lunch time. Then, I empty the hot water out of the Thermos and add the food. Wala!

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Some of the foods we’ve put in a Thermos are:

  • pasta
  • casseroles
  • chicken nuggets wrapped in dry paper towel to keep out moisture
  • soup

Anyone else ever try this? Would love some more suggestions!

Lastly, I pack my lunches in these glass containers I found on Amazon.

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I like them because I can store foods that need to be heated in them and they also have a compartment in the lid for utensils!

When it comes to getting ready for school, packing lunches is one of my LEAST favorite things to do.  Now, if I packed the same thing for each kid each day it would be a breeze but I try to give their lunches some variety. Sometimes, at the end of the day the last thing I want to think about it what to put in the lunch box. So, I’m looking forward to checking out what others have to say on this matter! Also, if you’ve ever heard me talk about Take Back the Kitchen (a weekly meal planning service developed by a registered dietician) then you may be interested in Take Back the Lunchbox!  It’s a new service that is going to be launching soon where clients will get a weekly list of lunchbox ideas, I’m super excited about the launch! If you’re interested in learning more reach out or comment below!

Thanks for reading!

FMM