This morning, I casually asked my husband, Russell, 'What are we going to do in a few years when we no longer have any kids living the house?' Russell, just as casually said, 'Run around naked.' My reply was, 'Lets adopt!'
If you have school-aged kids, that means, well, school. School means, yep I'm going THERE, lunches. Lunches mean agonizing over choices; NOT for the kids, for YOU, the parent. One of our girls was an easy lunch kid and one of our girls is decidedly not. My "easy" lunch kid was and is our oldest daughter, Alyssa and her sister, Mia, is my "not easy" lunch kid.
Each day, I try to mix up the type of sandwich, chips, fruit/vegetable, treat and snack Mia gets in her lunch. Somedays I give her a bacon or chicken salad sandwich with baked cheese chips, potato chips or crackers. Then she gets a crisp apple or grapes or a tangerine (depending on the time of year) along with cookies or sometimes cake. She has after school activities so she needs a snack too and that is usually a granola bar of some sort. Along with all this food, I pack water and worry. (Mia is blissfully unaware of the worry, thankfully.) I worry, 'Will she eat enough?' Or, 'Will she eat at all?' I wonder to myself, 'Is she eating or just throwing it out?' Are you with me, Dear Readers? Get the picture, I worry... I worry ALL day. IF you're not a worrier, bully for you, I worry enough for most of the Northern Hemisphere so you're covered. (Yet another reason to read this blog! I am saving you energy worrying. You're welcome!)
Ok where was I? Oh yes, lunch. Here are some time-saving tips, I hope, will get you (and your little darling) off to an easier and more worry-free day.
1. Make the sandwich the night before. Trust me on this one.
2. Pack multiple bags of chips/crackers/snacks at a time so all you have to do is grab and pack.
3. Wash your fruit/vegetables for lunches when you bring them home; so again, it's a grab and pack-type situation.
4. Have different (healthy) snack choices like granola bars, yogurt, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera and so forth... available in the pantry and refrigerator.
5. Try not to worry. I've got that covered for you.
Please share your tips for packing lunches in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor