It’s crazy to think that summer is already closing in on us! Kids are heading back to school and the routines are starting to kick back in. Right now, you may be thinking (or stressing) about how you are going to fill their lunch boxes. As a mom, I worry if my kids will even eat the food that I pack for them. So, I want to make sure to offer them healthy options that I know they will love! I also want to make our mornings as easy as possible to get out of the front door. Here are a few tips and tricks that I do that can reduce the stress of packing lunches!
- Buy in bulk. Why? So you aren’t having to run to the grocery store the night before school to get the items you need to pack. I really enjoy Kent’s Markets’ case lot sales during the school year! You can score on great lunch box items during that sale!
- Organize. Make sure your pantry and refrigerator are well organized. I like to pre-fill bins with delicious and nutritious food options. This makes it easy to grab one item from each bin to pack. Food prep also falls in this category. This one is a life saver! I pick one day to prep my kids’ favorite fruits and vegetables for the week! This saves a lot of time in the mornings! Our favorite produce comes from Kent’s! I love that they have a produce guarantee! If it’s not fresh I can take it back to exchange it!
- Make it fun! Go beyond the pb&j and try different things! One thing my kids love is when I make a “homemade lunchable”. The sky is the limit here! Mix it up each week with different meats and cheeses. And, try a variety of different crackers! It doesn’t take a lot of time or energy to create your own! I love checking Pinterest when I start to run low on fun ideas! Kent’s Market pins a lot of great ideas! Go give them a follow!
- Shop ONLINE! Take advantage of grocery pick up! We all know how crazy the beginning of the school year can be! Save yourself some major time and shop from the convenience of your own home! One thing that I absolutely love about grocery shopping online is that I can keep a running list! Whenever I think of something that I need I will jump onto the Kent’s app and add what I need into my cart! Checking out and picking up is a breeze! This one is a no brainer!!
I hope these tips are helpful to you! And, from one parent to another… here’s to surviving the school year. Good Luck!