Do your kids take their own lunches to school? Even though we homeschool doesn’t mean that we don’t have to “pack a lunch” on occasion. There are those times when we are running out the door to catch a playdate, going on a field trip, or just going to be away from the house when lunch rolls around so we need to have something with us to eat. Walmart recently challenged us to share how we pack our own back to school lunches. Packing school lunches can be a bit of a chore but we have several different ways we like to make lunch a little easier at our house.
First thing is we need something to store the food in. At our house we love storage containers. I was surprised to find some affordable reusable storage containers at my local Walmart right next to the plastic storage bags. For around $3 each I picked up a pack of 9 sandwich sized storage containers and 14 snack sized ones which I’ll tell you more about in just a minute. We also picked up some snack sized plastic storage bags.
Around lunch time we usually have one or two options, sandwiches or leftovers. When going on a picnic or playdate however we prefer the sandwich route. So I picked up the boys favorite sandwich fixings and used the reusable storage containers to make sandwiches for a week. By making the sandwiches at the start of the week I will be able to save time later on by not having to prep for lunch. We can easily store the ready-made sandwiches in the fridge for a quick grab and go lunch.
To go with our sandwiches we love things like fresh fruit or yogurt. With the snack sized reusable storage containers, I portioned out a large tub of our favorite yogurt into individual servings. No need to buy the yogurt cups when we can easily make our own. We can either store them in the fridge or if we have a field trip that is far away freeze the night before and when we get to our destination come lunch time they should be thawed out. The same with fresh fruit. Cut up fruit is a great treat for lunch time or easy to grab for a snack when already prepped and stored in reusable snack sized storage containers.
Lastly, the grab and go snack basket. This has things like pretzels and animal crackers already divided up into individual snack sized portions thanks to the disposable snack sized storage bags for easy and quick access.
After all of the prep work is done for the week, my kids are excited to “pack their own lunches” by grabbing what they would like to eat from the already prepared selection and putting it in their lunch boxes.