One of the biggest challenges as a child grows can be what to bring for lunch at school. Your child wants something tasty, often expensive. On social media, you’ll see beautiful, vegetable-rich meals that probably took an hour to make. In reality, moms just want something healthy, cheap, and easy to make that their kid will actually eat. Here are some ideas to make sack lunches easier:
- A good old-fashioned sandwich. A classic peanut butter and jelly or lunchmeat sandwich can be balanced out by sides to make the meal healthier. When a child gets burned out on one kind of sandwich, it’s easy to change it out.
- Pre-prepare fruits and vegetables. Instead of worrying about it every morning, take some time out on the weekend or whenever you are off work and prepare a week or two of fruits and veggies in advance.
- Make your own version of expensive options. One great example of this is making your own lunchable. Pack some lunchmeat, cheese and crackers and there you go!
- Salads. It doesn’t have to be a super healthy salad, just put in the things you know your child will eat and pack the dressing separately in a container your child knows how to open.
- Charcuterie lunch. No one says that lunch has to contain one main thing with a couple sides. If your child prefers snack food, a cheaper, easier option could be just to pack plenty of them in for a lunch. Try to hit all the major food groups and call it a day.
- Pasta dishes. Depending on the sauce and the protein, you may need an ice pack for this one, but this is one item that you can prepare in advance, it doesn’t need a microwave and it’s easy to pack.
- Wraps and pita bread sandwiches. It’s a different twist on the usual sandwich. You don’t even need wraps or tortillas for a wrap sandwich, you can use the lunchmeat, cheese, or lettuce as the wrap.
Hopefully these tips will help get the wheels turning in your head to plan on what you can do for sack lunches. See some of our other articles for tips to save money on groceries. Don’t worry about lunches for school. You got this!