How to Prepare a Fun Sack Lunch for School
Taking a sack or bag lunch to school is the surest way to control what you’re eating and to include healthy choices. Sending a packed lunch to school is just the first part of the story however – making sure it gets eaten is the hard part. Skipping out on a well balanced lunch at school leads to becoming overly hungry, poor snack choices after school, and challenges with portions later in the day. Let’s find out How to Prepare a Fun Sack Lunch for School that’s sure to get gobbled up on the spot!
Time to put on our creative caps and have some fun with Sack Lunches for School Days.
Helpful Tips for Putting together Fun Sack Lunches for School:
- Try new things – experiment with a variety of breads, cheeses and meats for sandwiches
- Presentation is everything! – get creative and wrap up sandwiches deli style
- Little Things Go a Long Way – include small touches like a note, a drink, and a napkin
- Start slow – if you’re currently getting hot lunch, try sack lunch two or three days a week and work up from there
Try new things –
It took a lot of trial and error to finally find a sandwich that our girls like and look forward to eating at school. Start with trying different breads. One day use whole grain sliced bread, the next whole wheat English muffins, and the third day use whole wheat lavash wraps. Toast the bread then don’t toast the bread – which was better? Switch up the kind of meat, then try no meat at all and low-fat cheese only. Mustard or light mayo? Sometimes trying a new market can spur new ideas. If you always go to Safeway, try Trader Joe’s or Costco.
Presentation is Everything!
Take an extra couple minutes to make cute butterflies out of snack bags! I actually ran out of sandwich and snack bags the day I made these cute butterflies – I had to cut large freezer bags and tape them back together in a smaller size. I had clothes pins left over from crafts of yester-year. Remember to play the favorites game with veggies – what’s your favorite veggie? For Leyla it’s carrots and for Ava it’s peas. Stick a favorite veggie in cute packaging and it will surely be eaten up.
Pay attention to how delis make foods more appealing. Wrap up simple sandwiches in parchment or wax paper and tie a piece of string or yarn around it – takes it up a couple notches. All of a sudden a boring sandwich turns into a deli delight wrapped up like a present.
Little Things Go a Long Way –
Including a drink like a flavored water is a nice touch. Most schools allow kids to bring bottled water to keep throughout the day which is key. Having a special lunch time drink makes a lunch feel complete. Include a sticky note with a simple smiley face. Add a napkin. All the small touches add up to a lunch that feels like a meal and is satisfying.
Start Slow –
I totally get it. Hot lunch is easier. Some days and weeks taking the 10 extra minutes to put together a sack lunch feels down right impossible. Being focussed and mindful at the grocery store is super important. Plan ahead and take your kids with you, asking them to pick personal healthy choices and favorites for lunches for the week. Work in two or three sack lunches for the week and eventually save hot lunch for Fridays. Taking small steps now will make a big difference down the road!
Hope you found my tips for How to Prepare a Fun Sack Lunch for School helpful. Do you have any to add to the list? Share with me in the Comments – I do love to hear from you.