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It’s back-to-school time and we are counting down to the first day! This year, my boys will be in first and third grade. I am very excited to pass the baton of lunch-making over to them. They grow up so fast! And since they are learning as they go, I decided to throw in a few hacks to make the process easier.
Yummy on-the-go snacks like RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers from Kroger are great to throw in as a snack, a side in the lunchbox or an after-school treat for the ride home.
I like to have lots of easy to grab foods so we can put together meals on a moments’ notice. My family is out the door by 8am on school days and that’s pretty early for us!
School Lunch Hacks – The Night Before
To make our mornings a little easier, we fill water bottles the night before and put them in the fridge. I don’t know why but there is something I hate about filling water bottles before I’ve had coffee. Is it just me?
We also use cold packs in our lunch boxes every day so I make sure they are in the freezer the night before. Even if we don’t have perishable lunch items, the cold pack really helps food from getting weird. Nobody wants a weird lunch.
Finally even though the boys will be primarily responsible for lunch-making, I love sending a little note to brighten their day. I’m not interested in really elaborate creations so I love this idea from a friend of mine to add some stickers of favorite things and write around them. I’ve been doing this since my oldest was in kindergarten and both boys still love their notes.
And for the days when we just don’t have time for stickers, I reuse an older note saved in a recipe box. Our notes are on index cards so it’s a perfect fit!
Quick School Lunch Ideas for Kids
I’m always looking for healthy lunch ideas for my boys, but let’s be honest, kids can be hard to please! Over the years, we’ve found a few things that travel well and keep them full all day like fruits and veggies, various meats and sandwiches, and of course RITZ crackers!
TIP: Make sure you check the aisle with packable snacks and not just the cracker aisle. I noticed that my store had them in two different places. In my store, the RITZ crackers were right on the top shelf – and on sale too!.
My boys would eat pepperoni every day if I let them. Here I have pepperoni, RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers, cucumber slices with pepper and unsweetened applesauce.
Another option is sliced turkey with Cheese RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers, apple slices and an orange or yogurt.
My youngest loves quesadillas so this meal incorporates one of his favorite foods with broccoli. He has a morning snack at school so I also included RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers with a few mini marshmallows and chocolate chips for a DIY s’mores treat.
Making lunches is just one part of the many tasks we have as parents when our kids go back to school so I think it should be as easy as possible! I hope these hacks will save you some time in the mornings and help your kids get out the door and onto their new adventure!
What are your favorite school lunch hacks?
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