Are you running out of kids lunchbox ideas? Are you tired of your kids complaining about the contents of their lunchbox? If so, I have the solution…
With the New Year in full swing, let’s get re-inspired with school lunches. Keep reading to learn how to easily meal prep for lunch boxes without having to do anything extra.
If you’re like me, packing lunchboxes gets to be a tedious task. However, with the help of Produce for Kids and their Power Your Lunchbox Promise we are on a mission to get families re-inspired at lunchtime!
If you follow Create Kids Club, you know I struggle, like many of you, packing school lunches.
My daughter and I tend to disagree on what should go into her lunchbox from time to time. To help solve these “disagreements” I have created a solution and am sharing it with you today.
This printable form is a time saving (and energy saving!) resource that makes packing school lunch so much easier!
But first… I want to tell you about a healthy & worthwhile project your family can be involved in.
Produce for Kids® is running the Power Your Lunchbox Promise now through Feb. 18th. Families and schools across the U.S are encouraged to take the promise to eat more nutritious lunches and make healthy choices in the New Year.
Produce for Kids is a great resource for you, providing registered dietitian-approved lunch ideas, snacks, and easy dinner recipes featuring fresh produce. Check out some of the amazing recipe ideas by clicking here. Then go ahead and take the lunchbox “promise“.
By taking the Promise, besides working towards healthier lunches for your kids, you are helping others in need. For each promise, sponsors will give $1 to Feeding America programs that benefit families and children. Another bonus? Families who make the promise are entered to win an Instant Pot!
Any teachers out there? There is an awesome new teacher/school page! Classrooms can take the “promise” together. Along with $1 for each promise, the classroom will be entered to win a portable collaboration cart!
Thanks in advance for partaking in this fun challenge! I’d love to hear if you take the promise this year.
A while back, I tackled new kids lunchbox ideas for school.
Check out the new ideas I tried, I’m sure your kids will enjoy them too. 3 Kids Lunchbox Ideas —> CLICK HERE.
Fresh ideas help, but you can’t do this every week. Instead, give the decision making to your children.
Yes, your children. In the process, you have meal prep for lunch done!
We all know when kids get to make their own choices, they eat better. The following tool gives control to the child, while parents guide them without the child even realizing.
Choose Your Own Lunch
This tool is simple to use:
- Print 1 sheet for each child over the weekend
- Fill in the boxes with foods on hand your child can choose from
- Include leftovers from dinner
- Items from the freezer (start freezing small portions of leftovers for this purpose)
- Staples that are always available such as PB&J, or a turkey sandwich.
- List fruits, veggies, and any additional options you’re ok with your child choosing
- Hand it over to your child to pick their menu for the week
Meal prep for lunch for the week done! 5 days pre-planned in advance.
Choose Your Own Lunch in action
Here are the choices I wrote for my daughter:
I’ll admit, when I first presented the sheet to her, she wasn’t super thrilled.
After she gave it some thought, she started filling out the form, not exactly as I would have directed her to, but I kept my mouth shut and left it completely up to her.
Here are her selections:
While she left some things up in the air, I was amazed at how much this helped me pack her lunch each day – I could simply look at the sheet and pack items she chose.
I even learned a few things including her new like of mangos. I probably would not have packed mangos on my own – I rarely have them in the house, but I had them on hand for a recipe. She came home from school telling me how much she liked those mangos in her lunch. Made my day.
By week 2 we were both learning. This piece of paper has changed my mornings! I hope it helps you just as much. 🙂
Meal Prep For Lunch Made Easy
If you have small children who are unable to fill out the form on their own, help them read the choices and let them circle items they would like. They could even color code it by day. Make it fun & get them involved – it will make your mornings much easier!
I’d love to hear if this printable helps your family as much as it’s helping mine!
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