If there’s any mom out there who enjoys making lunches, I’d like to meet her.
And then I won’t believe her.
Here’s how lunch making goes down in most houses:
- Bleary eyed after a long day of work or household chores, we parents head to the kitchen to spend 20 minutes preparing lunches before bed.
- We have the best intentions of packing healthy food that our kids might eat, only to come up with… nothing.
- The next day our kids take one look at the lunches we managed to pack and either trade them or trash them.
- We open the boxes again that night to find mashed fruit, barely nibbled sandwiches and empty chips packages scored from trading.
And here’s the one simple trick to make lunches this school year better:
1. Buy bento boxes. If you don’t know what these are, you must find out. You can make one yourself out of tupperware or buy a big fancy one. They are all over stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or World Market for about $5.
2. Buy silicon baking cups to store goodies inside the bento boxes. Six for $2.49.
3. Pack REAL FOOD (read no more packaged, expensive junk), out of a bento box (aka a dish) so that your kids will eat lunch from plates and not mushy baggies.
4. If all goes well, your kids will actually eat the foods that they normally like at home from their lunch boxes.