Every Parent Needs To Know About These Clever Lunchbox Ideas
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Marilyn Caylor 1/4/2017
Feeding your kids healthy food can be a real challenge when you're not around to watch what they eat. That's why some parents send their kids off to school with a homemade meal, rather than let them hover around the mystery junk food that most cafeteria lunchrooms offer.
However, sometimes it's easy to fall into a boring routine when it comes to creating that mid-day meal for your children. If you want to break free from culinary doldrums, then try one of these clever ways to pack a cool lunch. It'll make your life easier, and your kids will love how much fun lunch can be!
If your little ones love crunchy snacks like pretzels or baked potato chips, here's a great trick for keeping those delicate pieces from getting crushed. After placing the crunchies in a Ziploc bag, zip it almost all the way shut. Leave enough room to fit a straw in one corner, and blow air into the bag. Remove the straw and finish zipping the bag shut. The food is now encased in faux bubble wrap!
Fruit infused water isn't just for adults! Juice boxes are full of sugar, but kids can still get real fruit flavor when you put a few pieces of fresh fruit in their water bottle. Not only will they come to appreciate the taste of water, but they'll have a blast trying to suck out and eat the fruit, too!
If your kids are gluten intolerant, you can skip the bread and make meat and cheese skewers with pretzel sticks! Just layer small pieces of meat and cheese, and insert a pretzel stick straight through the center. What a great way to combine salty, crunchy, and savory taste sensations!
You may have seen Smucker's Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the freezer section of your grocery store. They are super tasty, and keep very well when frozen. You can create a DIY version at home for pennies on the dollar. The trick is to make sure you smear peanut butter on both pieces of bread, which will prevent the jelly from seeping through and making it soggy. For those mornings when you're in a rush, just grab one out of the freezer and pop it into their lunch bag!
Instead of packing a sugary pull-apart dessert pastry, make a pull-apart apple and peanut butter snack! Core an apple and slice it, and use your hands to keep the apple "whole." Fill the center with peanut or almond butter, then wrap inside saran wrap. When your kids grab a slice of apple, there's a gooey surprise waiting for them!
If you want to keep snack time fun, try creating this two-in-one butterfly snack pack. Fill a plastic snack bag with two different treats, and make sure that each snack stays on its own side. When you clip a decorated clothespin in the center of the bag, it ends up looking like a whimsical butterfly!
Kids can sometimes be fussy eaters, so it's always good to give them a few options. Fill a plastic bin with healthy snacks and fun sweet treats. From the healthy snack drawer, they can choose up to two items. From the sweets drawer, only let them grab one item. Not only will it make your kids feel like they are in control, but it will also teach them that they get "more" good things when they choose healthy snacks over junk food.