Back to School or Back in School?

No matter what your Fall looks like this year, keep your cool with this helpful guide that we hope makes your week days a little less hectic. We've compiled our favorite tips & tricks, shopping lists and easy weekday recipes. Check them out below!

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Try serving multiple items on the same vehicle each week. For example, use one pack of wraps for different lunches: Turkey Wraps, Veggie Wraps, Peanut Butter & Jelly Wraps.
  • Set time aside once a week to prep the fruits and veggies. Cut things ahead so they are ready when building the lunches during the morning rush.
  • Have baskets or containers labeled and filled with each food group. Kids can then pick one item from each every day.
  • Have your child pack their lunch – or help you as you pack. They'll take ownership, and you know they will like it.
  • When making your shopping list, ask your child what they would like. The more involved they are in the process, the less complaints after the lunch. We all want a 5-star review!
  • Treat breakfast, lunch, and snack time just like if they are going to school in-person.
  • Keep it easy on yourself: Grab-and-go lunches from the kitchen mean you don't have to be the chef at a cafeteria.
  • Pack meals in the morning for them to grab during a designated time. The kitchen is not a 24-hour restaurant!
  • Don’t send new foods. Make sure to try new foods at home before packing for lunch.
  • Make sure to check your school's guidelines and allergy restrictions. Also, if your kid uses the microwave for lunch, make sure that is an option this year.
  • Keep the lunch cool. Use an insulated bag or freeze the water, juice box or yogurt.
  • Include hand wipes, sanitizers and an extra mask just in case.
  • Don’t forget beverages: water, milk, juice boxes. Those beverages may not be available for purchase at school this year.
  • Aim for a balanced meal of protein, veggies, fruits, grains, and dairy. But don't stress about making it 100% healthy – include a fun treat to brighten their day.
  • Check out our shopping list for tasty products that fall into the major food groups!
  • A fun lunch box, napkin, or straw can perk a kids day up.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out sandwiches or fruit pieces.
  • Write a daily funny on the lunch bag or on a cute post-it (try out our notes of encouragement here!)
    – For extra points from the teacher, include a thank you for their dedication.
  • On test days, include a note of encouragement and maybe an extra chocolate.

 
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