For working moms and dads, making sure our little ones have nutritious lunches packed each day can be a challenge. With hectic schedules, it can be tough to come up with creative lunch ideas every day. But packing lunches for our little one doesn’t have to be hard. In this blog post, I’ll share my top tips for making the process easy and somewhat enjoyable (because let’s be honest, we’d rather be doing something else)
1. Plan ahead: Start by creating a weekly meal plan that includes delicious and nutritious lunch ideas for your child. If they’re old enough, involve them in the planning process, asking them for their favorite foods and snacks. Make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and do your grocery shopping in one go. This will save you time and money in the long run.
2. Keep it simple: Don’t overcomplicate things by trying to make elaborate meals every day. Most kids prefer simple lunches that include their favorite foods. Stick to a combination of protein, whole grains, fruits, and veggies. If you have to repeat a few items during the week, that’s fine too!
3. Get creative with leftovers: Leftovers are a lifesaver when it comes to packing lunches. Don’t be afraid to repurpose last night’s dinner into a yummy sandwich or wrap. Use leftover rice to make fried rice or add veggies and protein to make a hearty salad. Leftover fruits and veggies can be packed as healthy snacks.
4. Invest in quality lunch containers: Investing in quality lunch containers can take your child’s lunch experience to the next level. Look for containers that are leak-proof, easy to clean, and microwaveable. Opt for bento-style containers that allow you to pack a variety of foods in one box.
Making nutritious and delicious lunches for your little one doesn’t have to be hard. By planning ahead, keeping it simple, getting creative with leftovers, and investing in quality lunch containers, you can make the process easy and enjoyable for your family. Don’t forget to involve your child in the process and make it a fun bonding experience.
And as always, make sure lunches are appropriately prepared for your child's age. My favorite program for learning how to do this is Baby Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro.
Happy lunch packing!
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