How to Pack School Lunches ahead of time

How to Pack School Lunches ahead of time

Learn how to pack school lunch ahead - and save lots of time on school mornings!

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Tidy little snack box

This is a fun little snack box. This one is packed in a tin box that I got in the "One Spot" aisle at Target. They often have fun little boxes there for just $1 or $3, and they are great to grab up and use for packing snacks. My favorite little square silicone muffin cups fit perfectly in here to divide it into sections, for lots of little nibbles. 

In this box she has a few bites of popcorn chicken, cherry tomatoes, peanut butter (in this container), a piece of banana, a few chocolate bunny grahams, crackers, cheese, a yogurt tube, and a honey straw - it's a big variety for such a little box. She can dip the cookies in the peanut butter or spread it on the banana, and she can make little sandwiches with the cheese and crackers. The raw honey stick is a fun little was to give them a sweet treat that's actually healthy. 

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

Simple sandwich kit and fruit box

This is a quick and simple little lunch in one of our new favorite lunch containers. 

They have squares of bread and sliced cheese and one has some sliced turkey - so they can eat it all separately or make it into their own little mini sandwiches. They both have strawberries and grapes, one has tomatoes and one has a half a banana. It's not a huge lunch, but my kids aren't huge lunch eaters. 

I love these containers by EcoLunchboxes for a few reasons. First - they are stainless steel and silicone - no plastic at all. Second - they are totally leak proof. I've tested this with water, and even sent one kid with milk and cereal one day, and no leaks. The silicone lid is easy to get on and off, but fits snug enough to seal everything in. Third - they actually hold a lot more than they look like. They are deeper than a lot of the other metal containers I've tried, so with a little careful packing you can actually get a nice amount of food in there. And fourth - they are a little tapered on the bottom so they actually stack together and store nicely. This is the only metal lunch container I've found that does this - and it is a very important feature for my very small kitchen. The small inner container is sold separately, and has the same silicone lid, and the same tapering on the bottom.

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

10 Easy Tips For How To Pack a Fun Valentine's Day Lunch!

10 Easy Tips For How To Pack a Fun Valentine's Day Lunch!

VALENTINE'S DAY IS COMING UP, AND WOULDN'T IT  BE FUN TO PACK A LITTLE EXTRA LOVE IN THE LUNCH BOX?

To help you plan ahead, I've pulled together the lunches I made for Valentine's week last year. All of these lunches were super quick and easy to make, with just a few extra little tools and accessories. You don't have to make any special foods - you can make any food look fun and special. With a few cutters, picks, and baking cups, you can add lots of little heart shaped touches to what would otherwise be a normal lunch.

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Burgers for lunch!

You know I rattle on and on about making extra for leftovers - and I even do it with burgers! Yeah, burgers make a fine leftover for school lunches. 

We had cheeseburgers for dinner, so I made extra. It's back to what I've said before about kids eating cold food - my kids never eat their dinner while it's still hot, so it's really no different for them to eat their lunch at room temperature. These are plain cheeseburgers, which is just how my kids like them. On the side they have sugar snap pleas, grapes, and potato chips. It's a nice little change in variety for lunch. 

The one who doesn't like meat got a toasted cheese sandwich. 

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.