This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We are almost 3 months into the school year and I’m bored with making lunches.
This isn’t my first time packing lunches. I’ve been sending my kids with lunches and snacks since the day they went to daycare 7 years ago. And it’s not just during the school year, I get to send food daily during the summer for camp.
Packing lunches isn’t exciting. It’s not glamorous.
It’s just something that needs to be done.
I pack my own lunch for work but it’s super easy – leftovers from last night’s dinner. For my kids, leftovers won’t do. If your kid eats leftovers for lunch, please tell me there is a magical secret. I doubt there is. You are just very, very lucky.
Over the years, I’ve learned that simple is best when packing lunches. I make my kids lunches right after dinner each night. That way, I don’t have to mess with it in the morning when things are already hectic enough. I try to make it as streamlined as possible. At first, I tried to make things super cute with cookie cutter shape sandwiches. Or one time I tried making a little stickman with a pretzel stick and strawberries. My kids didn’t notice. So now, rather than wasting precious time on making it cute, I’m more sensible with packing the basics.
If you are getting bored with the same ol’ same ol, here’s some lunchbox hacks to liven things up a bit.
Freeze yogurt squeezers
My kids love yogurt squeezers. There’s always a box of Stonyfield YoKids squeezers in our freezer. Freezing the yogurt makes it a nice alternative to ice cream but also convenient to toss in a lunchbox as a freeze pack. By the time lunch rolls around, the squeezer will be unthawed, food is fresh and there’s no worry about your kid tossing an ice pack in the trash. Did you know that Stonyfield YoKids, now has between 25% – 40% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt? There’s still the same great tasting organic yogurt with no GMO’s or funky ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
Variety is the spice of lunch
Rather than packing a couple big things, I pack many smaller bites. A lot of times my kids will come home with food still in their lunchbox. Why? It’s because they ran out of time from all the gabbing they do with their friends rather than eating. Smaller bites makes it easier to gab and eat. Bento style lunchboxes work great for that sort of thing.
My kids love apples but rarely will finish a whole apple if eating it whole. There’s a better chance if it’s sliced. But then the apple will turn brown and no one will touch a brown apple. Try this trick instead: Slice up an apple and then reassemble it, wrap it in plastic wrap or place a rubber band around it to prevent it from browning. Works like a charm!
Roll with it
Tortillas are the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously. You can put anything in a tortilla, roll it up, and toss it into a lunchbox. Try the classic PB & J (or sunflower seed butter), or cold cuts, hummus and veggies rolled up.
Bake once, enjoy all week
I try to make one snack on the weekend that can go into lunchboxes all week long. Some of our favorites are 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites, Morning Glory Muffins, or Coconut Banana Bread. I don’t always have time to do it but when I do, the kids love the homemade goodies.
Got a lunchbox hack to share? Please do!