It’s that time of year again where clothes are laid neatly with care and bags get packed the night before. It’s Back to School season and on top of classroom checklists and making sure clothes are washed and ready there’s another thing that’s on parents minds… Lunches. We’ve come up with a twist on a child favorite and put together a school-weeks worth of lunchable hacks that are easy to put together, packed full of nutrients to fuel their school day and can absolutely be made ahead of time so the morning of is still as easy as reaching in the refrigerator.
I’m not sure about you, but as a mom to four little ones, and one of those sweet babes being a newborn, one of the things my morning doesn’t have an excess of is time. Even during this past summer our family went through a move and the addition of our newest little! All of that means our summer days weren’t quite the quintessential lazy days of summer. Many times when life gets busy like that, preparing healthy food at home doesn’t rank high on the priority list and I’ll be the first to admit that on more than one trip to the grocery store into the cart went an indulgence for the kids; lunchables.
Noticing how enthralled they were by these little packages of processed foods, I wanted to make our own. With our lunchable hacks, we ultimately save money and get more nutrients into our meals as well. I teamed up with The Container Store to put it all together, and I’m spilling all the details on their blog… so head over to see the full rundown on Lunchable Hacks: A Week of Healthy Lunchables! We created a twist on the five most common lunchables, and you can switch out any ingredients so feel free to tailor the items to suit the needs and tastes of your littles!
I hope you love these lunchable hacks as much as we have! Finding great containers to pack it all in makes a big difference, which is why starting with divided containers helps so much. With only a little prep, I had these stacked in the fridge for the week without worry of toppling, and on our busy mornings the kids were able to grab their pre-cooled lunch bags from the freezer and their lunch container from the refrigerator to get us out of the house on time!
What are your favorite lunch items to pack? Have any time saving tips for me? I’d love to hear!
For more, check out our other lunchbox hacks and free lunchbox printables as well as these 7 deliciously fun lunches that kids love to eat!