As a mom, I know that by the end of the school year lunch packing is getting pretty old. The sparkle has definitely worn off. The first week of school you send Pinterest-worthy Bento Box creations with heart-shaped sandwiches, homemade treats, and little inspirational notes for your special little snowflake. Then 8 long months of school pass. 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches later, you are approaching the final countdown to summer. By the end of May, your kid is lucky to get leftover pizza and a slightly bruised apple in his lunchbox. You. Are. Done.
Hang in there mom (or dad). I’ve got you covered.
Here is what I packed for my soon to be 2nd grader’s lunch today (insert sobbing here). We have been in sort of a sandwich rut due to my lack of quality kitchen time because of our move. Did I mention we are moving? Because that’s all I can really think about these days.
This snazzy Lunch Cube is made by Sistema from their Klip It Collection. It’s phthalate and BPA free and top-rack dishwasher safe (the magic words for parents everywhere). The “Klips” that lock the outside of the cube are SO strong. I cannot tell you how many times this cube has been dropped over the past 2 years and never once has it popped open or leaked. I picked it up a few years ago at Office Max of all places. It was during “back to school” shopping and they had all different types of nifty containers. All the other different brands of containers I bought at that time have since been put out of commission. This is the handiest little lunch cube for a variety of foods. I haven’t seen these containers in the store since I purchased it. I may need to grab a few more on Amazon before my son starts Kindergarten in the fall (insert even more sobbing).
On the left in the “sandwich compartment,” I have a cut up whole wheat pita and a little bag of carrot, orange bell pepper, and cucumber slices.
In the next compartment, I put various mixed fruits with a squeeze of lime juice to keep them from oxidizing (orange slices, pineapples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes).The final compartment is some hummus in a little disposable sauce cup and a silicone muffin liner full of cashews, dried mulberries, and an unsulfured dried apricot. That cute little collapsible fork was in a set of cutlery also from Sistema. I know what you’re thinking, but nope, I’m not sponsored! Just a fan of Sistema products! We also have their “Small Split” container and an older version of the “700 ml Round Accents” container.
My daughter has snack in her classroom in the afternoon and it needs to be nut-free and non-messy so I packed a Mamma Chia Squeeze as a hydrating treat full of brain-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids.
Since I prepped all the veggies and some of the fruits on my meal prep day, this lunch box took me all of 5 minutes to throw together the night before. I try to avoid packing lunches in the morning at all cost. It’s not my thing.
I hope this helps give you a new idea or two to get you through the last weeks of school lunch packing. You’ve got this, parents!
Do you have any other creative (and easy) lunch packing ideas? Share them in the comments!
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