The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner: back to school. With that come the routines: waking up early, picking out daily outfits, and boxing good, healthy lunches for the kids. Know what’s not part of the routine? These slick kitchen tips that will make your child’s lunch just a little more awesome, that’s what!
1) When boxing lunches, remember that it’s not all ham sandwiches and juice boxes. In fact, freezing a number of foods will not only break up the monotony, but will make life easier for you. Frozen smoothies are great for lunch or a mid-day snack. Also, dips, toppings, pb&j sandwiches, grapes, berries fruit are great for freezing and thawing out by lunch.
2) If you have a picky eater that just loves a good ol’ fashioned sandwich, why not switch it up by cutting them up in fun shapes? Who wouldn’t love to open up a lunch box to a flower shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Or turkey sandwiches shaped into horses or basic shapes like stars and hearts? I know I would.
3) Want to add chips with that sandwich? Make healthy, quick chips inside your microwave with this simple chip maker kit. Bake chips in minutes using everything from carrots to potatoes, beetroot and fruits. It’s a great addition to any meal and it’s healthier and cheaper than store bought.
Now that you have your dry snacks made, it’s time to pack them. One of the hardest parts of making homemade lunches is keeping them dry. To separate chips/pretzels/crackers, a great trick is to use cupcake liners inside the lunch box. You can even line the bottom of the lunch box with cupcake liners to keep fruits dry and separate the condensation from cold drinks. The cupcake liners will help avoid mess and keep everything neatly stored, and they’re also very pretty and come in fun colors and designs.