How long will ranch dressing stay fresh in a lunchbox? Will fried food or condiments on sandwiches get soggy? These are only a few of the many questions parents should ask themselves when thinking about what to put inside their child’s lunch box.
School is back in session—are you already sweating at the prospect of coming up with a healthy lunch for your kid that they’ll actually eat... daily? First, take a beat and consider the option of retiring from lunch-packing duties—even for a few days a week. After that, challenge yourself to get your child more involved in their own meal prep, brush up on kid-friendly foods that don’t need an icepack, and arm yourself with easy hacks to keep those sandwiches dry, bananas bright yellow, and water bottles from sweating through the bag.
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Get kids involved in what goes into their lunchbox, and make it a fun project
No refrigerator or ice pack necessary.
These school lunch ideas for parents are balanced, fun, and kid-approved. Plus how much protein, carbs, and fruits and vegetables to include in a kid's lunch.
BONUS READ: More Kids’ Lunchbox Ideas via Feel Good Foodie.
A lunch your child will eat is a good lunch.
How to keep their lunch boxes fresh.
Kids don’t need squash cut into star shapes in their $60 stainless steel (not dishwasher safe!) lunchbox to know they are loved. They can eat off cafeteria trays and still get into a good college, or at least not grow up to be serial killers. #TeamSchoolLunch forever.
Minimize the stress of the season and set your family up for a smarter school year.