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I feel like I always start out the school year all gung ho about packing school lunch. I feel excited that I will be providing nutritiously balanced lunches for my kids. Then somewhere along the way the number of days that I pack lunch starts to get less and less. Not this year! I have a plan. I have discovered some tips and tricks that will help me along the way. I am determined to power through to the end of June.
Logan loves chocolate milk. That boy would drink it all day if I let him. I just love the Horizon® shelf stable milk boxes. They are an excellent source of calcium and they have 8 grams of protein. Logan has never really cared for meat. This poses a protein problem. I am always afraid he’s not getting enough. I also discovered the Horizon® Super Squeeze fruit pouches. They pack 5 grams of protein! So with both of these products alone Logan is getting a good amount of protein in the middle of the day. They contain ingredients that I can feel good about. You can find both of these Horizon® products at Walmart.
Now that both boys are in school and I am packing two lunches. It can be a hassle trying to squeeze in yet another task to our never ending to do list. The key to being successful with anything is planning ahead. This goes for lunch packing as well. With a little planning the process can easily be implemented into your daily routine.
I’m going to share you with you 4 tips to simplify the lunch packing process.
1. Put a grocery list together. Talk to your kids and find out what they enjoy (within reason) so you can make sure they are actually eating. It also makes them feel good when they get to make their own choices. Once you have your list, the actual shopping will be a breeze.
2. Shop at the same store. This will make it much easier to get in and out of the store when you already know where everything is located. I do most of my shopping at Walmart. I have the layout of the store memorized. It makes my trips to the store much easier.
3. Plan for the whole week. Get enough lunch supplies to last at least a week. When you plan for the whole week you will not be scrambling mid week trying to figure what to pack or when you will have a chance to get back to the store. If you can plan out even longer that’s even better.
4. Pack the night before. If your mornings are anything like ours, the morning is just not an option. I am doing good if I can get the boys to sit still long enough to eat breakfast, get them dressed, teeth brushed, beds made, and out the door on time. Packing the night before will give you plenty of time to make sure you are packing a balanced lunch and you will not feel rushed.
These tips have really helped me when it comes to packing the boys’ lunches. The items like the Horizon® products I mentioned above also help make it much easier for many reasons. They are shelf safe and last a long time. They are in a ready to serve package so you just toss it in and go. Wins all around. Simple = time saving = happy mommy.
Did you spy the Peanuts packaging? Are you as excited as we are about The Peanuts Movie? I just love the message from the trailer to dream big. The movies comes out November 6th. I cannot wait to take the boys to see this. I think they will really enjoy it. Check out the movie trailer and many more lunch packing tips here.
What time saving lunch packing tip do you have to share?