—Set up an assembly line, making five at a time.
—Wrap in foil sheets, like the ones available at the big box stores.
—Check what’s in the products you are using. No sense making lunches at home if you’re not using healthful ingredients. Especially check the bread — many labeled wheat are not whole wheat, just white bread colored to look like whole wheat.
—Pack snacks in reusable plastic containers to save the expense of buying plastic bags
—Make desserts on Sunday also — then pack individually and freeze.
—Get each child a water bottle labeled with his or her name. The child is in charge of filling it up daily.
KITCHEN ORGANIZING TIPS
—Storing all dry goods in resealable containers takes up less space in the cabinet and kids can help themselves.
—Store condiments on a lazy Susan in the fridge.
—Buy often-used items in bulk so you don’t have to make last-minute trips to the store.
—Get rid of any kitchen bowls/pots/pans and other items you don’t use on a weekly basis — or at least store them somewhere you won’t bump into them daily.
After a few weeks into the school year, parents might be tempted to buy prepackaged lunch kits. Most are high in saturated fat and sodium, and low in fiber and other nutrients. You can make a lunch kit easily that’s more nutritious and less expensive.
Bento lunch boxes are popular with youngsters, and you can buy a variety of bento-style containers. Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. You can buy disposables or two-tiered themed boxes such as Hello Kitty, Kotobuki Samurai Warrior, frog face or piggy.