Whether you’re a single mother of one or a stay at home mom of five, juggling your own life and your children’s lives takes practice. Once your child is old enough to go to school, you may consider packing a lunch for him each day. This allows you to control your child’s nutrition and potentially save money on not-so-tasty cafeteria lunches. If you’re limited on time, you may find it tough to properly prepare school lunches every day. Check out these lunch packing tips for moms on the go to help you find the perfect balance between speed and nutrition.
Get Plenty Of Plastic Containers
Plastic to-go containers are a mom-on-the-go‘s best friend. These little containers can be used to store different food groups that you can mix and match for your child’s lunches. For instance, you could use one container for sliced fruit and vegetables, another for chips and crackers, another for sandwiches or meat, and yet another for pudding, yogurt, etc. Invest in a large set of plastic containers of varying sizes, and fill them with foods you know your kids will love.
Choose Kid-Friendly Foods That Store Well
Whether you’re making food for your children or buying something pre-made, make sure that the foods you get will store well. You might be able to prepare several lunches in advance when you have spare time, rather than putting something together every single day. For example, I have a great peanut butter rice krispy bar recipe that my kids love for dessert. I make a whole batch of these over the weekend and wrap the bars individually after they’ve cooled. Then I just pop the whole stack of them in the fridge and send my kids with one each for lunch. I’m set for desserts for the whole week!
Prepare The Night Before
Mornings are the most hectic times in my house. One kid wants to wear a Halloween costume to school, another won’t get out of bed, I can’t find the car keys that end up being in my hands the whole time…none of this is conducive to creating a proper school lunch for my children. That’s why I do most of my prep work the night before so all I have to do in the morning is put it in a bag and run.
If you want your child to eat grilled chicken, pasta, a salad, etc., make that the night before and store it in one of your plastic containers. I love making trail mix with my children to take with them for snack time. Prepare all of this the night before, and your mornings will be quick and easy!