School lunches aren’t usually the most exciting things, and kids can get tired of the same old thing quick. On top of that, parents have to rush around to get everything put together in the mornings! Try these 10 amazing lunchbox hacks and school lunch ideas to take the morning stress away and keep things exciting for your kids!
Use a Thermos
Believe it or not, a thermos can do more than keep a drink warm! Try sending a freshly cooked hot dog in a thermos with your child. It’ll still be warm at lunch, giving them a homecooked meal at school! A thermos can be used to keep anything warm or cold, get creative!
Wrap up Sliced Apples
When you slice an apple for your child’s lunch, reassemble it into the original apple shape and wrap it up in saran wrap! This keeps the juices inside where they belong and prevents exposure to the air which causes browning.
DIY Ice Packs
Make your own icepacks with a clean kitchen sponge in a Ziploc bag! Soak the sponge in water, wring out excess water gently, and place in the bag. Freeze overnight for a cheap, reuseable, no mess ice pack!
Buy some cheap compartmented containers for your child’s lunch and make your own healthy Lunchables! Homemade Lunchables will still have the “wow” factor for your children, and you can feel good about what they’re eating.
Flatten out your sandwich bread or use a tortilla and roll your ingredients together like little sushi rolls. Once rolled, slice into roughly one-inch sections and pack them together side by side. These are great because they can be made with anything they want from a PB&J to a BLT, all while making lunch a treat.
Add Air to Chips
Ever wondered why there’s so much air in chips from the store? The extra air in chip bags is used as a sort of built-in cushion to reduce breakage in transit. Try blowing some extra air into the Ziploc bag with a straw as you seal it. You’ll never hear complaints of crushed chips again!
Draw on Bananas
Bananas are an excellent part of a school lunch, but they can also be a perfect disposable canvas for you! Take a toothpick and scratch the outside of the peel as if you were using a pen, and your marks will be darkened by lunchtime leaving a picture or surprise message for your child!
Use Cookie Cutters on Sandwiches
Sandwiches are a staple of any bagged lunch, but why not make them a little more fun? Once you’ve made your child’s sandwich, press a cookie cutter into it to cut out fun crust free mini sandwiches in any shape you choose! Some cookie cutters are designed to press smaller details into the surface of cookie dough, and these will work perfectly on bread too.
Things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit cups, and some fresh veggies can be prepacked and frozen making packing a breeze. You can even let them pick out their own lunch items each morning, as nothing will go bad through the week in the freezer!
Freeze the Drink
If you child has items in their lunch that need to be kept cold, you can freeze their drink overnight to keep everything cold until lunch! This works for juice boxes, drink pouches, and even water bottles! This hack is perfect for small lunchboxes that might not otherwise fit an ice pack.
Packing lunches for your kids doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With these hacks and tips, you can take school lunches to the next level!