Do your kids pack their own lunches? We’re sharing ways to make packing a lunch box EASY – so easy that your kids can do it themselves!
This post is sponsored by Mambo Sprouts and Peeled Snacks. All opinions are my own. For more info, see full disclosure.
Whew! Summer has flown right by at the Life After Wheat house! It’s been a fun summer full of vacations, friends, swimming, and bike rides, and it’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner.
Once August hits, we’re always scrambling to get school shopping done: School clothes, new backpacks, lunchboxes, and lots of lunch box friendly foods.
Along with Allan having food allergies, our 3 oldest kids have dietary needs, so they almost always take a lunch box as opposed to getting school lunch. It was pretty easy when there was only one kid, but this year we’re sending 3 to school and that’s a lot of lunch packing!
Our 2 oldest started packing their own lunches last year and that has been a huge help. They get out their lunch boxes and any non-perishable items before bed, and then in the morning add whatever else they need. This makes mornings less stressful for them…and their parents 😉
We try to encourage a healthy and balanced lunch box, so we like to keep plenty of options on hand. This year, I organized a few areas of the kitchen for lunch box items to make it really easy for the kids to grab what they need and pack their own lunch. Keeping lots of different options on hand also helps encourage the kids to pack a healthy lunch – we all love variety, don’t we?
One thing we love to keep on hand is Peeled Snacks. They have a variety of products that are all certified gluten free, and our kids love the taste. Actually, as adults we love the taste too!
We also appreciate that their products are full of fresh fruits or veggies and other wholesome ingredients. The dried fruit is simple and doesn’t contain sugar, sulfites, or other unnecessary ingredients.
You can find Peeled Snacks on Amazon or at a variety of stores such as Target, Sprouts, and Whole Foods, as well as other local stores. To purchase online or find a retailer near you, click HERE. Peeled Snacks was kind enough to offer a coupon to all Life After Wheat readers, you can download the coupon HERE.
In the fridge there are plastic bins full of the following:
- Greek yogurt (Fage and Chobani are our favs),
- single-serving cheeses
- prepared fruits and veggies.
Right next to the fridge, we keep a variety of these:
- seed butters
- seed trail mix,
- dried fruits,
- dehydrated veggies or veggie chips
- protein bars
- baked goods: muffins, bread, etc.