Day after day, year after year, parents work hard to pack lunchboxes filled with healthy yet appealing foods, only to have them return home, largely untouched. Need some fresh ideas and inspiration? We've rounded up some of the best school lunch resources the web has to offer.
Lunchbox Links to Love
- If you need new lunch ideas, you might like MOMables. The subscription-based service provides weekly meal plans and shopping lists, taking all the guesswork out of lunchbox prep.
- Momables founder Laura Fuentes also shares helpful lunch-packing tips at The Huffington Post. If organization is your weakness, you'll particularly enjoy the post Organize Your Fridge to Save Time and Money and Feed Your Kids Better.
- Want a peek into other parent's kitchens? The School Lunch Roundup at 100 Days of Real Food has tons of pictures of real food lunches packed by a real-life parent on a daily basis.
- At iVillage, you'll find a comprehensive list of 50-Plus School Lunch Recipes and Tips, including homemade "Fruit on the Bottom" Yogurt Parfaits and Goldfish Fiesta Snack Mix.
- Even if you're not officially a gluten-free household, you'll find ideas on this list of 100 Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas.
- Feeling creative? Let your artistic juices flow and entertain your kids at the same time with one of these 20 Easy Bento Lunchboxes.
Tips for Packing a Healthier Lunchbox
- Instead of making a sandwich on processed white bread, opt for a whole-grain variety instead. Whole grain pitas, tortillas, and bagels, and english muffins are all popular with kids.
- If you skip the sandwich entirely and invest in a thermos, you can pack healthy meals like brown rice with beans, pasta with tomato sauce, and homemade soups on a daily basis.
- Lunchables are easy, but the sodium content alone is reason enough to avoid them. Try making your own version by skewering meat and cheese on toothpicks, and serving with some colorful fruits and veggies in a fun container.
- Choose water. Low-fat milk can also be a healthier option, but you want to skip the juice box. Even if it's 100% juice, it still contains a lot of sugar.
Do you pack school lunches every day? Any great lunchbox resources to share with the rest of us?