Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School Lunch Ideas

It’s almost that time of the year: Back to School! Lots of exciting changes; the first day of school, meeting new teachers, making new friends, kids heading off to kindergarten for the first time, and even reuniting with friends from the previous year.

It also means that it’s time to start packing lunches for school. Initially packing school lunch is not a tedious task, but rather a welcome change from a summer of picnics and snacks.  However, once parent’s creative ideas of what to pack for lunch wears off, the rut hits and PB&Js windup in every sack. 

One thing I do to ensure the rut doesn’t hit our lunch sacks it to plan in advance. I find it is easier to be creative when I plan and match lunch ideas specific to what fruits and veggies are in season. For example, I love using squash during the fall! One of my favorite things to make is butternut squash soup, which is delicious warm or cold.

I also use Pinterest to gather ideas. One of my favorite Web sites is Bento For My Girls. This mom shares her over 400 lunch ideas. Her lunch ideas look enticing and she focuses on keeping the lunch healthy. Check out some of her lunch inspired ideas

Sandwiches are a great option, but when they are packed everyday, your kids are bound to be board. Check out our Back to School Pinterest board for some sandwich alternatives for your child’s lunch including meatloaf cupcakes!

Happy lunch packing!

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