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Henry gets about 30 minutes for lunch at school, so between finding a seat, getting settled, and having fun with his friends, he probably leaves himself only 5 minutes to actually eat (hashtag 6 year old life). When packing his lunch I try and stick to easy-to-open and easy-to-eat finger type foods. He has always been more of a snacker/grazer. It’s rare that he will eat just a sandwich, or just a bowl of pasta or pizza. What can I say, the kid likes options. I think it’s also daunting for a child to look at a huge dish of food and worry about eating it all. When I give more variety in smaller portions, he ends up eating better. Now that school is starting back next month, I wanted to share my favorite lunch box meals for a week’s worth of lunches! The best part, they only take 10 minutes to prep! Because we all know that trying to get kids ready in the morning before the bus comes at 7am is virtually impossible.
Like most schools, Henry’s elementary school is nut free, so I don’t pack anything containing any kind of nuts. This makes lunches a bit more challenging since the staple sandwich is out. Sunday night is prep work for lunches and I’m able to get everything chopped, cooked, and prepared in under 60 minutes. I start by hard boiling eggs, boiling vegetable pasta, baking the turkey meatballs and microwaving carrots in their steam bags (which by the way is a game changer). While everything is cooking, I then move onto washing, chopping and dividing everything else. Henry’s bento lunch box has five separate containers, so it’s easy to know that every day he gets five different things.
Meal 1: Hard Boiled Egg, Grapes, Cheese, Carrots, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Blueberry Snacks Pouch
Meal 2: Vegetable Pasta, Apple Slices, Bell Peppers, Turkey Meatballs, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Strawberry Snacks Pouch
Meal 3: String Cheese, Clementine Orange (I can’t get Henry to put his shoes away but he will spend 5 minutes peeling a clementine), Carrots, Vegetable Pasta, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Blueberry Snacks Pouch
Meal 4: Blueberries, Turkey Meatballs, Grape Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Egg, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Strawberry Snacks Pouch
Meal 5: Cucumbers, Dried Apricots, Strawberries, Vegetable Pasta, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Blueberry Snacks Pouch
Not only are Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks Pouches perfect for school lunches, but they are also great for any time we’re on the go. I can find them at many retailer nationwide, and then I can toss them in my purse when we’re running errands and bring them to the pool. Both of my kids love them and I love that they are made with real fruit.
Do your kids prefer lunches from home? I’d love to hear what your go-to lunches are because I’m always looking for new ideas!