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Figuring out a lunch for your child everyday is hard.
Luckily, there are a number of tricks and tips that can help keep your kid’s lunch fresh and interesting. You’ll never go back to making lunch the same way. Here are eight lunchbox hacks you can use just in time for back to school.
1. Frozen Fruit Snacks
Preparing fruit in little cupcake liners and placing them in the freezer not only creates ready-to-go snacks for the rest of the week, it ensures the fruit will still be cool by the time your child eats lunch.
2. Mason Jar Fruit Cup
Have a snack or dish that is supposed to be eaten together, but should be stored separately? Store one component in a mason jar and the other in a recycled fruit cup secured with the mason jar ring. Your child will know what goes together, and everything will stay fresh.
3. Saran Wrap Apples
Do your apples tend to get brown quickly? Wrap them up in cling wrap to keep them from going rotten or mushy.
4. Frozen Drinks As Ice Packs
Instead of keeping your child’s lunch cool with a regular ice pack, freeze a juice box instead. By the time lunch rolls around, the drink will have thawed, but it will still keep the rest of the food chilled.
5. Meal-Prep Ziploc Bags
Some kids hate eating the same things daily, but you don’t want to have to think of something new everyday. The solution: Prepare different snack-sized bags at the beginning of the month, and have them on hand for the weeks to come, switching them up daily.
6. Homemade Uncrustables
Most kids love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but you don’t need to buy the processed version when you can make your own Uncrustables at home using a sealer and decruster. Now your kids will never have to rip off their own crust.
7. Make Your Own Lunchables
Invest in some divided tupperware or lunch boxes, and recreate your own healthier lunchables at home. All the fun without all the added ingredients.
8. Skewered Food
Some kids just really hate sandwiches, but if you want them to eat a balanced meal, you can make lunchtime a little more playful and put a few different food groups on skewers. Their lunch is sure to be the envy of the lunchroom.