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Can making school lunches get hectic around your house? I know it can in mine. There were times I was shuffling off to bed and then remembered I still needed to make lunches for the girls (and in the morning it’s too crazy!).
So I was super excited at the beginning of this school year when the girls were finally responsible enough to make their own lunches.
Of course I couldn’t leave this totally to chance… who knows what would end up in there otherwise! So on Sunday I pack a lunch making station for them. And here’s how I do it.
1. Load the non refrigerated items into an easy to use basket. This consists of things like bagged nuts, Horizon® Squeeze Pouches, bagged Horizon® Sandwich Crackers from your local Walmart, granola bars, apple sauce, etc… (Tip: bagging up your own snacks like Horizon Sandwich Crackers is less expensive than buying pre-bagged snacks and you control portion size).
Good to know! Horizon® Squeeze Pouches come in Mixed Berry, Strawberry, and Orange and have 5 grams of protein per pouch and are an excellent source of calcium!
2. Fill the fruit and veggie drawer in the refrigerator with easy to grab and washed produce.
3. Portion and bag (or container) protein like shredded chicken, lunch meat, beans, cheese, etc (Tip: our family doesn’t do sandwiches, it keeps lunch making easier and quicker to prep.)
Good to know! Horizon® Sandwich Crackers use Organic Cheese and Peanut Butter
4. Have your kids make their lunches sometime between getting home from school and bedtime.
If you want you can label your non refrigerated basket with a “recipe for a good lunch”. In our home that would mean One protein, 1-2 fruits or veggies, 1 sweet treat, and 1 crackers or chips. Of course this will differ from child to child and in the end you simply want to make sure their lunches don’t have 10 granola bars
Generally I do spot check to make sure the right foods are going in. But this will depend on your family, too. Doing this has made my life so much easier and leaves more time for fun stuff like going to see the The Peanuts Movie in theaters on Nov. 6th. And as bonus my kids don’t complain about their lunches anymore!
If you want to try Horizon Squeeze Pouches head to a demo at Walmart between 11/5/2015 – 11/8/2015 at participating stores.
What are you best tips on saving time getting your kids ready for school? Share them in the comments.