Want your kids to pack their own lunch? Here’s how to create lunch packing stations to make it easier for them–and easier to make healthy choices too.
At last count, my children have carried 46 packed lunches to school so far this year between both of them.
And I have only packed two of those.
For the most part, self-sufficiency is the name of the game around here for lunches, and I couldn’t be happier.
Something that has made this task simpler are lunch packing stations I’ve created in our kitchen. I’d seen this idea floating around the interwebs but wanted to see if it would work in real life.
How to make lunch packing stations
You kids can obviously choose other things to pack, but these are good starting points. They’re also a way for you to make packing healthy choices a little bit easier. You can swap out the items regularly to encourage variety.
Ideas for the refrigerator bin
- Lunchbox-sized apples
- Baby carrots
- Pre-washed veggies like sugar snap peas
- Cheese sticks and individually wrapped cheese wedges
- Yogurt cups
- Washed and chopped veggies and fruit
- Individual cups of hummus, guacamole, or cottage cheese
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Individual boxes of milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- Homemade energy bites/bars
- Washed grapes
- Individual portions of salad or dinner leftovers
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Ideas for the counter bin
- Nuts & Seeds
- Fruit cups (packed in juice)
- Trail mix
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Dried fruit
- Energy bars
- Dried seaweed
- Bags of popcorn
- Squeeze packets of nut butter (if allowed)
- Individual bags of whole grain crackers
- Mini boxes of raisins
- Homemade muffins
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