I have three kids who are in school that depend on bringing in a home lunch. The past several years, they held school lunch trays in their hands, but this year I thought I would try saving money by having them take their own lunches. So far, it’s been successful. Their lunch box occasionally consists of a sandwich, chips, a juice pouch, a granola bar, and fruit snacks. And if you keep up with my blog, you remember to keep myself organized with their lunches, I acquired a shoe organizer over my laundry door. The pockets are filled with everything they need, and all my kids have to do is choose and take all of the contents, tossing them into their lunch boxes. Final steps include a sandwich or a wrap. And they do this all themselves as part of their morning routine, so I can make breakfast and take care of my youngest two children. Have I mentioned having a routine is crucial to sanity?
If you have school-aged kids who take their lunch as well, you’ll want to keep reading! Make their lunch time MORE interesting than just another regular part of their day.
Here are my 4 Must-Haves in your Child’s Lunch Box:
Having the same ole’ same ole’ really gets…well, repetitive. And I’m sure almost everyone has had a repeated meal over a period of time, then come to just absolutely hate it. Whether you add 4 or 5 items to your child’s lunch box, give options. Trust me, they’ll thank you for it! There are many ideas, such as:
- fruit cups
- jello cups
- deli meat roll ups
- food skewers
- veggie sticks
- mozzarella sticks
- Homemade Lunchables
- pasta salad
- granola bars
- trail mix
- PopChips (included in my Degustabox)
- Walkers Shortbread Rounds (also included in my Degustabox)
- and more!
Don’t skip on the healthy foods. Sometimes, you just wanna throw in all the yummy, sugary and salty meals in those lunch boxes, I get that. But there’s got to be a balance. Toss simple fruit in their box, like an apple or banana. Find reduced fat, or sugar free snacks like applesauce or yogurt tubes. They’re often the same price as the regular. Recently, I posted a Fire Ants on a Log recipe that gives a spin on the original. My kids love this snack, and love it when I include it in their lunch box. And guess what? PopChips aren’t fried or baked, but heated and pressured to pop into a chip. They’re also low-fat and incredibly flavorful. Win-win!
More is less
In the sense of money, I mean. A 12 count of small water bottles at Walmart are $1.88, the same price as the cheapest juice boxes, and are more healthy! Buying in bulk helps save money as well per ounce or count. Price matching at certain retail stores will give you the best bang for your buck. Add on coupons and cash back rebates, and you’re set! You can find PopChips variety boxes (24 pack) for less than $26. That’s only a little over $1.00/bag, which is a great price for the quality!
I love you notes from mom and dad
A simple note to uplift your child during their school day is always nice. Kids always need to be shown that they’re cared for, and a nice gesture such as this one can be the key to help strengthen your relationship. You can make their day by slipping an “I love you”, “Hope you’re having an excellent day at school today”, or “I can’t wait to see you when you get home!” note in their lunch sack. Write the notes, or even a silly face on the ziplock bags with a permanent marker. Best part of lunch!!
Have you heard of Degustabox yet?
Special thanks to Degustabox for this awesome February subscription box and giving me more snack ideas for my kids’ lunch box. PopChips are a huge hit in my family, and they’re healthy and satisfying! And the Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds are only made with a 4-ingredient traditional recipe. They’re a fantastic replacement of other certain cookies, which are made with high fructose corn syrup and an exorbitant amount of other ingredients that I can’t pronounce.
Here’s what I received in my February Degustabox:
- PopChips (x2)
- Grace Foods Coco Chips
- Walkers Shortbread Rounds
- Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce
- Slendier Fettuccine Noodles
- Ricola Herbal Immunity
- PR Bars
- Jones Soda
- Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate
$19.99 for a Degustabox is a great price. HOWEVER, you can receive your FIRST box for only $9.99 – which is 50% off the monthly sale price! Just head on over to their website, and use coupon code 4F5AH to save. I highly recommend this box to anyone who loves food! Try it out today! And don’t forget about Degustabox’s Instagram Contest. Simply tag @DegustaboxUSA and #Degustabox, upload a photo of your favorite product from February’s box for a chance to win a FREE Degustabox! Awesome!