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I consider myself a Lunchbox Making Pro.
And it’s not because I create Pinterest worthy colour co-ordinated artistically brilliant lunchbox creations every morning.
I simply have a ton of lunch box making days under my belt. I was doing the math in the bath the other night. Yup. I’m a wild one.
I worked out that I make up around 1500 lunch boxes a year. Every year for the past 10 or so years…. math in action … That’s 15,000 lunchboxes in my Mommy life time (And I’m only counting school lunches – not the hubbys work lunch). Whew! That’s a lot.
My experience comes paired with a whole lot of asking the “What to put in today’s lunchbox?” question.
I have learned a couple of things in my veteran lunchbox making days:
1. There’s always a way to do it quicker
2. There’s always a way to do it Smarter
Both of these involve having a School lunch System in place.
My School Lunch Making System
1. The Lunchbox
I have wasted so much money on school lunchboxes over the years. I have spent money buying expensive brands and in the end I purchased these which I have used for the past 5 years. They are basic, tough and BPA Free and come with two free little containers that are water tight and perfect for things like yogurt or fruit salad. You don’t need extra wrapping and the entire thing can go in the dishwasher. I flippin’ love it! If you are in the market for a new lunchbox then take a look at them. You will not be disappointed!
2. The ‘What to put in the Lunchbox’ Plan
This Lunchbox Planner will change your life. Well, your mornings anyway. Don’t be sucked in to the hype that you have get up at 5am to make a 5-star lunch for your kids every morning. You are making it hard for yourself. Stick to the System and save yourself the headache.
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Carey’s Lunchbox Making Tips to Get it done Faster
- I Bake once a week and make two varieties of baked goods for lunchboxes. I generally make enough for lunchboxes and after school snack. These can be things like Muffins, Bars, Slices or biscuits. They are stored in a large container in the fridge or pantry.
- Slice vegetables in the evening and keep in a tupperware in the fridge. Then simply pop into lunchboxes in the morning.
- Make up a bag of popcorn and store in an airtight container. This will keep for two days.
- Choose two varieties of fruit per week – if you get too many, they will end up going rotten and no-one likes food waste.
- Always make sure you have fresh bread or wraps for the next day.
AND It’s OK to serve the same lunch two days in a row.