I am relishing the last few days of August before the crazy rush of school mornings starts. Packing lunches has never been a favorite task of mine but there are a few things that can ease the morning crunch.
1) Pre-pack. Rather than packing snacks in containers every morning, make Sunday evening a "snack-packing party." Kids can get involved in filling re-usable containers with different snacks. Some easy snacks to pack: pretzels, crackers, popcorn, rice cakes, mixed nuts or trail mix, and snapea crisps. For refrigerated snacks that can be pre-packaged: baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, celery sticks, and jicama sticks. Dips include: ranch dressing or nut/sunflower seed butter depending on the snack. Different snacks are now ready to go each morning.
3) Think outside the square: Are you and your kids tired of sandwiches? Alternatives include ham and crackers, cheese stick with a slice of bread on the side, turkey and salad wraps, or warm foods like mac and cheese packed in a small thermos bottle. Dream up some creations and name them - then they can become part of a rotating menu.