Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lunch Box Tip

Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike packing school lunches?  I really do!  It's my weekday morning nemesis.  Almost as bad when the lunch boxes come back after school, you never know what you'll find when you open up that Pandora's Box.  *shudder*

Here's my Tuesday Tip of the week:  when you are making muffins or banana bread or other healthy baking, double the batch if you can, and freeze half.  Wrap each individual muffin in cling wrap, then put about half a dozen in a large freezer bag (remember to label and date the bag!).  When you're packing the lunch boxes, throw in a frozen muffin or mini banana loaf.  By the time lunch rolls around, the muffin will have thawed.  They stay fresh in the freezer for about three months.  I like lunches where I just have to grab ready made things and throw them in the bag, it's a real time saver.  This way, you're not throwing in some prepackaged processed food, but something home made and healthy.  Let's just hope the little darlings don't trade it for a twinkie!


  1. My mother never packed my lunch once as a child. We learned to prepare food the night before or on the weekend that would go into our lunches. I had a really fun time going to the store with mom or dad to find the foods that we wanted for lunch, making them, and then being responsible for my own food choices. I learned to eat healthy, delicious food and as an adult I know how to cook good foods for myself and my family. I think if people dread making their kids lunches, and they worry about how well their children will do at school eating healthy foods, they should give them more responsibility and control over what they consume. I think kids who can participate make healthier choices in the long- and short-term.

  2. My boys love home lunch so I'm usually running around crazy in the morning. Thanks for the great tip!