I am sure there are lots of Mom’s like me who are freaking out about school this year. Not only is McKenzie going to middle school, we have Logan and Alyssa in Elementary school AND we will have a new baby here right as school starts. Things are going to get CRAZY! But the to do list daily needs to be done and the kiddos need their lunches packed. If I could get them to eat the school lunch I might take that route for a few weeks but the kids all tell me the school lunch is gross, so with time being stretched more with a new baby soon to be here I am amping up my back to school prep. That includes the lunchboxes!
5 Tips for Quick and Easy Lunchbox Packing
- Plan ahead. Buy what you are going to need for the whole week (or like me a month worth of snacks so I only need lunch meat and produce each week).
- Package things in to snack bags ahead of time. Things like pretzels are soo much cheaper to buy a big bag of then the individual bags. So I buy the big bag and then put them into snack size bags for easy tossing in the lunch boxes.
- Buy prepackaged snacks like Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks that the kids love.
- Buy juice boxes. While it is cheaper to buy a bottle of juice and put them into the reusable juice box containers, it is so much easier to just toss a juice box in the kiddos lunch boxes
- Go with brands you know are good. Don’t waste time sitting in the grocery store reading packages of new products. For us we stick with NATURE’S HARVEST® BREAD because I can count on at least 8 grams or more of whole grains in every serving and no artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup in their bread.
Packing the kiddos lunch boxes doesn’t have to be hard or take a long time to make sure they are getting a healthy lunch. A little bit of planning can go a long way when it comes to saving time and packing lunches.
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If you are looking for even more lunch kids, make sure you check out 101 Lunch Ideas for Kids!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks and Nature’s Harvest® Bread. All opinions are 100% my own.
Comments & Reviews
I make my sunpak is on lunch because I want him to realize what we do for him and I also wanted to take on the responsibility. I do help them out sometimes they take it out stuff pre-bagging it. These are all pretty darn good tips and I’m gonna grab a couple of them and use them next time.
Gwendolyn Mulholland says
Buying snack sized items is a great way to throw together a lunch in a hurry. Mini-muffins are great as a lunch snack and for after school. Thanks for sharing your tips.
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I have two kids going to school this year, so I need to pack lunch boxes daily. These are great tips for making the process smooth and easy. I always try to give them enough snacks.
Paula Schuck says
These are great tips. I’ve been using snack size items in my kids’ lunch for years. It makes fitting everything in there much easier.
Easy peasy tips, You make packing lunches a breeze 😉 I will have to try your tips because I am packing for two of three kids daily!
My daughter takes her lunch every day. She’s always looking for new items. I’ll have to pick these up for her.
Kasandria Reasoner says
We started sending a lunch sometimes during the week depending on the menu. I need these tips! Thanks for sharing!
I can use all the tips I can get when it comes to packing a lunch box. It always feels like I am packing the same lunch over and over.
Vera Sweeney says
By the third week of school I will have lunch box packing burn out!! Love these tips for easy lunchboxes.
Packing lunch is something I at least try to do for 2 weeks out of the month, but I have found it easier for my kids to eat lunch at the school prepares.
Anita Fonte says
I like the snack size pack for kids. It is not a lot of food and easy to pack in their lunch boxes.
Nancy @ whispered inspirations says
All great tips! My hubby and I have a system for prepping and packing lunches.
There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t have any school snacks when packing lunches! I really dislike packing lunches but these tips make things easier.
Franc Ramon says
It would really save you a lot of time going for prepacked goods. You also get to plan meals even better this way.
Great tips! I do my kiddos lunches the night before, and generally I’ve gotten pretty quick at it …. last night my husband did it and he complained the whole time haha!
Great tips! We definitely rely on pre-packed snacks. Little Bites are our favorites. With three kids on different schedules it gives them the freedom to pick and choose what they like without a lot of hassle in the morning.
Lunch is so important! You have inspired me to pack my own healthy lunch for tomorrow!
my kids aren’t in school yet, but the struggle is real preparing their lunch boxes every night for daycare. i have a baby that requires washing and making new bottles everynight, and a 3 year old gets a lunch, snacks, and two drinks for every day. it’s a lot, and planning ahead is key for sure!