Summers Over!! I know – I’m so sad too!!
You know why I’m extra sad? Because I have to start making school lunches again!! Yuck!
I’d rather clean my house or do laundry than make lunches!!
I think I have a hard time because I never plan ahead & I make them every single night before school. So this year I needed a plan. I searched different options online but there was no way I was going to use cookie cutters on anything – seriously, who has time for THAT?
I came up with a simple way to make lunches for an entire week plus an easy way to get your kids involved by packing their lunches each morning before they leave for school! Mom wins!
Pack Ahead Lunch Menu Plan:
Every week I sit down & come up with a little menu plan for the week ahead.
These are the food categories I use each week:
- cubed chicken or turkey
- string cheese
- Baby Bell Cheese
- whole grain crackers
- homemade muffins
Fruits & Veggies
- sliced apple
- pea pods
- granola bars
- Annies cookies & crackers
- fruit snacks
You could switch these up each week or choose whichever foods your kids love!!
On the weekend you’ll slice & dice & pack up all these different foods!
I buy these colored sandwich bags at Target because they’re fun & easy to grab!
You can definitely use reusable containers too – lots of options!!
I pack each food category in a colored bag:
Green: Fruits & Veggies
Yellow: Healthy Carbohydrates
Then I place each food category in a bin. These bins are labeled (I’ll get to that in a second) & placed in the fridge.
School Week Plan:
Now it’s time for your kids to get involved!!
I label each bin according to how many bags they can take each day.
So for my kids, they can take two proteins (one red bag & one string cheese), one healthy carbohydrate (yellow bag), & two veggies/fruits (green bag). They also grab two snacks.
I love that they can grab their lunch bags, open up the fridge & pantry & do this themselves! It saves me time in the morning & they’re taking some responsibility of helping make their own lunch!
Here’s a video how to make Pack Ahead Lunches – For an Entire Week!!
So what do you think? Could this work for your family? Would love your feedback!!