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There are many common threads that unite moms. An endless love for our children, the ability to function off shockingly low amounts of sleep, and a dislike for packing lunches. I don’t think it matters if you home school, public school, or are planning a picnic adventure, packing lunches can be a lot of work. Over the years I have heard countless moms wish for an easier solution. Today I want to share how lunch time has been transformed in our home with simple tips, tricks, and ideas to help you find lunch freedom!
The biggest problem in our home wasn’t an inability to make or pack their own lunches, They simply didn’t know what was okay for them to eat. This being unclear led to many, MANY questions. I usually had to start listing approved things to give ideas. Or, I had to go to the pantry and locate the items for them because they couldn’t find them.
#Tip 1 Designate zones for approved lunch items.
The solution was to purchase some simple storage containers. One basket has chips and crackers, another has granola bars, fruit snacks, apple sauce. And in the fridge I keep an area of bottled water, juice pouches, bags of carrots, yogurt, and cheese sticks. Whatever your kids love, keep on hand, easily accessible, and in portions they can quickly grab.
The next problem we had was sandwiches. Not only can sandwiches be tricky for kids to make, they can be time-consuming and messy too.
Tip #2 Keep Welch’s Graham Slam! on hand.
In a house where PB & J reign supreme, Welch’s Graham Slam! have been a lifesaver and an exciting spin on a new approach to our favorite. They have 7 grams of protein, no high fructose corn syrup, and 12 grams of whole grain. Making them a treat that the girls love and I approve. They also go beyond lunch time Welch’s Graham Slam! are perfect for a mid morning snack, an afternoon pick up, or a bed time treat.
Welch’s Graham Slam! Can be found in the frozen section, right next to other PB&J items, at your local Walmart and can be enjoyed frozen or thawed.
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After we had tackled the issue of what we could eat and keeping the perfect treats on hand we had one last obstacle to overcome, what goes into a lunch? After all packing and entire box of fruit snacks is something that I wouldn’t put past my girls.
Tip #3 Label items clearly to create structure and still give options.
The perfect solution for us was index cards and tape. I simply created a lunch menu that left options. Each container is labeled with exactly what they are allowed to pick from it. This gives me peace of mind that even though I’m not the one making their lunch, they are still making good choices.
Our new system has been an answer to prayer y’all. Everyone is happier in our home and the benefits of setting up a simple system took less than a week to pay off. The girls feel more independent and excited to make their lunch because they have confidence knowing what to do. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.
They are also loving their lunch choices. It didn’t take very long for Welch’s Graham Slam! to become a household favorite.
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I was so excited about my new-found freedom that I created these printable lunch notes! They are perfect to sneak into the girls lunch boxes on the days we head out. I also love leaving them in books or around the house for them to find.
So now if you ask me about lunch time, you’ll see nothing but a smile. A smile that you too can have.
Do your kids pack their own lunches?