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It’s been just over two months since the kids returned to school, but I feel like I’m just now finding my groove when it comes to packing snacks and lunches. At the beginning of the year, I tried to do it all every morning, but I quickly realized that I needed to plan and prepare ahead if I was going to be able to get all three kids out the door on time each morning. We’re usually running up the hill to school (thank goodness we are walkers) and I am a little nervous to think what mornings will be like when all three kids are in school. For now, I’ve got my game plan in motion and it’s been working fabulously for us!
Flashback two months ago and you would find me a harried mess each morning. One day, I even ran up to school about an hour after dropping the boys off to deliver what turned out to be a second sandwich for my son. I was completely convinced that I had neglected to make a sandwich that morning and only added his snacks and water to his lunchbox. Oops.
Now our lunch-making routine is more streamlined.
Step 1: Get Organized
My first suggestion is to lay out all the items you need for each child’s lunch box, including the lunch boxes. This way, you can see what you have and what is missing before you get started.
Step 2: Prepare for the Week
I like to send one fruit and one veggie to school each day, along with another snack; however, cutting all those items up each morning can be quite the time-sapping exercise. I now cut up 2 to 3 days worth of whichever fruit and veggie (if they will keep) so that I can just grab and go when packing lunches. This saves so much time and energy on my part, and I’m not frantically cutting while the kids are having breakfast!
Step 3: Fun Snacks
I’m lucky that my kids enjoy fruits and veggies, but they still like fun snacks like Horizon’s Super Squeeze and Cheddar Sandwich Crackers. I was so excited to see Snoopy on the sandwich cracker box, but BGB was even more thrilled. She squealed with delight at the packaging and since we were running errands enjoyed some while we waited to pick up her brothers from school. Lunchboxes, snacks, traveling … as a mom I need easy products to grab on-the-go!
Cbear is my cheese and cracker loving kiddo, so I like to add the Horizon Cheddar Sandwich crackers because they are made with real, organic ingredients. Bbear, my super picky eater, always asks for the Super Squeeze products. There are so few foods that eats now, I rest easier knowing he enjoys this excellent source of calcium and 5g of protein per pouch.
Step 4: Little Surprises
Sometimes, little surprises can make a kid’s day. The kids have notice the movie trailer for The Peanuts Movie in theaters on Nov. 6th. Of course they love Snoopy, but Charlie Brown is a favorite with the boys as well! I knew that I could make a fun little surprise in their lunchbox by adding a Charlie Brown-inspired wrapper to the Super Squeeze pouches.
This is a super easy way to add a little fun to a lunch box. Just print out the printable and cut according to the pouch size.
Then tape one side to the back of the pouch. Wrap the paper around and then tape the second side.
Voila! You have yourself a Charlie Brown-inspired wrapper for your Horizon Super Squeeze Pouch!
If you’d like to get a taste of what Horizon Squeeze Pouches are all about, check this store list to see if your Walmart will be hosting a demo between 11/5/15 and 11/8/15. You can follow Horizon Organic on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Do you have a great tip for getting lunches packed and the kids out the door (on time)? I’d love to hear it!