If you are struggling with a little direction on what to pack in your kids lunches, I’ve got you. I created this lunch box routine a few years ago when my husband needed help on packing lunches while I was at work. This not only helped him, but now helps my kids be able to pack their own lunches without any confusion or arguments. I think it also gives them a little independence because they’re able to pick out their own choices of each category and learn more about portions.
We use these lunch organizers from Pottery Barn inside their lunch boxes. I really like Pottery Barn’s lunch boxes, but my oldest is too cool for them now so he found a plain lunch box at Target that fits it well. The Bento Boxes are pretty normal shaped and really keep all the contents separated. I’ve used the same ones for years. This is actually Landin’s 8th year using his same one. They hold up really well!
When I’m making lunches, I have created a routine that is easy for a non-coffee brain to handle. This was posted on our fridge for probably a year. The kids know it now and can make their own lunches without questions.
Here are a few options for each category:
Sandwich or Proteins:
Turkey and cheese sandwich or roll ups
Pepperoni and Cheese
Protein waffles with PB
Pita Bread and Hummus
Ham and Cheese Wrap
Hard Boiled Egg
Fruits or Veggies:
Rice Krispy Treat