When you've got a million other things to do, packing a lunchbox for your child can seem like a mammoth task and then come all the concerns: will they eat it? Are they getting enough of the right foods? Is it healthy enough? Luckily, there are ways to put a lunch together so it will only take a few moments and won’t be packed full of processed of highly sugared foods.
Here are some tips to help you get packed quicker:
- Organise anything fiddly the night before If you're making a sandwich or including leftovers in your child's school lunch, try to do as much of it the night before as possible. Though you might feel exhausted once the kids are in bed, its quicker and easier to organize lunch the night before when you only have to multitask lunchboxes. at the time, you'll want to even less when you're rushing around in the morning! If there are any particular ingredients you need to add right beforehand - such as tomato - make sure it's stored in an easy-to-find place, right at the front of the fridge so you don't have to waste time searching. Alternatively, slice and add to a smaller container for the kids to add before lunch.
- Write it down So as not to forget what you've planned or left for the last minute, it can also help to write what to grab out of the fridge on a whiteboard. That means any lapses in memory caused by lack of sleep or multitasking to the max won't have you sending the kids off to school without lunch.
- Pack simple snacks Pieces of fruit and pots of yoghurt take little preparation, but they are extremely nutritious for kids. Think about what kind of no-prep snacks you can include in your child's lunch. Dried fruit, such as raisins and banana chips, are other great options, as is plain popcorn. Once you've found a quick routine that works for you, it will become second nature.