Are you ready for back to school? I never feel like I am ready. Do you? So much preparation goes into getting back to school. I am here to help you learn how to pack a good lunch your child will eat. Plus I have a little bonus for you at the end.
What to Pack in a School Lunchbox
Making a school lunch does not have to be difficult. I like to make sure I have the major food groups represented. Kids need protein, carbs and fruits and veggies as shown in the diagram above. This should help you when packing a school lunch. For fruits, make the fruit small to eat. If you are giving your child and apple, cut into slices. They are more likely to eat it. Did you know popcorn is considered a whole grain? I like to provide popcorn instead of chips. Kids think it is a treat, but I know it is better for them than chips. I also like to use whole wheat tortillas. It just seems more fun in a tortilla rather than plain bread.
Trust me your kid is not going to eat everything in their lunchbox. Lunch time is short and they get to socialize. Especially the first few weeks, kids are just too excited to eat. Don’t worry they will settle down and get into the routine. I like packing my son’s lunch, since I know what he is actually eating or not eating. Pack items you know your child will eat. Add fun things to dip, like carrot sticks and ranch or apples and caramel dip.
Best Items to Pack a School Lunchbox
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School lunches have come a long way since I was in school. I had the metal lunchbox with a thermos inside. Now lunches are much more advanced.
I love this Eco Meal Kit option from Smart Planet. It has three compartments and an extra spot for a dip. Plus it has a fork, spoon and mini knife all in one. I like to have an ice pack to keep cold things cool until lunch time. I recommend these little ice packs for lunches. These fit great into the lunchbox.
Then I highly recommend this Thermos for drinks. It keeps things cold for a very long time. There are a ton of varieties to choose from, so let your kid pick their favorite. You may have noticed my son likes green, so that is our theme for lunch this year. Lastly get a durable lunchbox that will last the entire year.
I picked up an Embark Lunch Bag and the Eco Meal Kit fits inside perfectly with a small side pouch for his Thermos. Last tip and most important: LABEL EVERYTHING! Each one of the pieces need to be labeled if you would like these items to return to you.
Free School Lunchbox Printable
I am sucker for puns and so is my little guy. I came up with these cute little school lunch sayings to put in his lunchbox and I wanted to share them with you. To get the best use out of them, laminate them first. Then cut them out to stick in your child’s school lunchbox. The best part about laminating them is you can still write a personal message on the back. Use a sharpie or dry erase marker. If you use a sharpie, spray with a little alcohol to remove. It is just that easy.
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What is your favorite messages above?