We’ve partnered with Beau Coffron, a creative talent who shares his adorable and healthy school lunch creations along with parenting tips on his blog, Lunchbox Dad.
Back to school is here, and few things strike more terror into the hearts of parents than having to make school lunches every day. But this doesn’t have to be a boring task — it can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Just follow some of my lunch hacks below to make your life easier and give your kids some of the coolest lunches in the cafeteria.
1. Use Cookie Cutters to Make Fun Shaped Sandwiches
If you have two extra minutes you can make a sandwich shaped like a dinosaur, heart, airplane or football. Just break out your favorite cookie cutter, place one on top your child’s sandwich, and press down until it cuts all the way through. You won’t believe how easy it is to turn boring PB&J into an exciting creation!
2. Buy a High-Quality Reusable “Bento” Style Lunchbox
Don’t necessarily buy the cheapest lunchboxes or bags available because many times you will need to replace those halfway through the year. A great plastic or stainless steel bento box will sometimes last for a few school years and can be inexpensive. You will also save money on disposable bags if you buy a box with built-in compartments. Plus, compartments make it easy to see what fun and healthy items the lunch still needs.
3. Cut Fruits & Veggies at the Beginning of the Week
If you’re a parent, life gets crazier as the week goes on. On Sunday, cut up your fruits and vegetables and place them in larger containers, so that they can conveniently be thrown into lunches throughout the week. Carrots, celery, strawberries, melons and grapes can all be prepped and stored a few days ahead of time.
4. Use Kabob Sticks to Mix Things Up
Everything is more fun on a stick! Layer fresh fruits and vegetables, last night’s raviolis, or even sandwich ingredients on a kabob stick. Changing up the presentation can turn the same old food into something cool.
5. Write Lunch Notes for Kids of All Ages
Whether your kids are second-graders or high school seniors, they will love a handwritten note from you. Use a simple sticky note or find stationery with their favorite movie characters on it. You can even laminate a notecard and write your message with a dry erase marker so that it can be reused. The possibilities are endless!
As you can see, with just a few extra minutes, your kids’ lunches can go from flops to fantastic. Who knows? If you put these tips into action you might actually get excited to make school lunches this year!
Want the recipes for some of Beau’s favorite lunchboxes? Visit our Back to School! pinboard, where we’ve also gathered tips for healthy snacks, make-ahead breakfasts and handling the first day of school.
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