Are you best lunch box foods for your kiddos to head back to school yet? I for one am ready and I think secretly the kids are ready to get back to school themselves. Summer vacation is always fun, but when it gets towards the end they tend to get a bit bored.
I have finally purchased all their school supplies, backpacks, lunch totes and my daughters uniforms. I’m still working on my little guys school clothes and new shoes, but for the most part were done. Goodness so much to do in preparation for a new school year. My kids start back on Monday and it will be here before I know it. My kids are not too big on buying lunch at school.
My daughter is better than my youngest son. Mackenzie usually buys at least three days a week. Carson, well he’s a whole different story. That boy is as picky as they come. In fact he only buys lunch on pizza day which is Friday, so he packs the remaining four days. One dilemma that I struggle with is what to pack in their lunches.
I’m sure that’s the case for most moms. So today’s post is all about what to pack in your kids lunch boxes! I for one can use a a little lunch box inspiration myself, so if you have any ideas please by all means leave them in the comments section below. We got started by heading out to our local Walmart and purchased a variety of items. If you already know what your kids like to eat then you can go from there. If they’re picky then sit down with your kids before you go to the store and make a list of things they will eat. You can also suggest a few things yourself because you will be surprised at what they like from your suggestions.
Let’s start off with storage items and ice packs, and then we can move on to lunch ideas from there. Good storage options are a must. I like to purchase different container sets for my kids. The first set that I like is the 9 piece Great Value Storage Container with Attached Lids. This 9 piece storage container set can be found in the foil and trash bag isle. These containers are very in expensive and re usable as well.
I run them through the dishwasher after each use. On the smaller containers I splurged a bit more and purchase the Rubbermaid 1. I need them to be pretty sturdy. This is a must with lunch boxes and liquids. So when choosing storage containers get what works or you will just be disappointed in the end. There is also a variety of ice packs to keep things cool.
Both are great options, but by far my favorite ice pack is just freezing the kids juice boxes and using those as ice packs instead. It works out perfectly because when lunch time rolls around the juice box will be thawed out so the kids can enjoy their drinks. Don’t you just love things when they work out like that? One thing I do instead of buying those expensive jello, pudding or yogurt cups is make them myself. I do this for two reasons, one because it’s so much cheaper, and two because you get more for your money. Both make several individual sized cups.
Jell-O and instant pudding cost pennies per box. Plus they come in a variety of flavors as well as sugar free. Here is a list of items that you can add in those cute little containers. Canned fruit in juice, dips, peanut butter, ranch dressing or hummus for dipping veggies. Just cut the meat and cheeses in smaller sizes and let the kids arrange everything into the storage containers to customize their very own Lunchable. If I have learned one thing about making your own Lunchables its about cracker storage. Don’t just toss the crackers in with everything, because they will end up being soft by lunch time.
This is caused from the moister of the meat and cheese. Instead store the crackers in a snack size zip lock bag and then add it to the container. You can also add a packaged cereal bar or a small sweet treat as well. I wanted to include a link on how to make DIY Pizza Lunchables .
The Pizza Lunchable are my son’s absolute favorite. I make homemade mini pizza crusts and store them in the freezer. For the pizza sauce you can use homemade or store bought. Arrange everything in the storage containers and snap the lid shut. A favorite in our house is my Healthy Peanut Butter Balls. My kids can devour those things in an instant.
The best thing about it is they don’t even know they’re healthy. These yummy little peanut butter balls fit perfectly in the storage containers. I usually add about 2-3 to a snack size baggie, but no more or that’s all Carson will eat. Making them yourself is so much cheaper. Have you seen the price of those things?