1. Be organized – prepare lunches, backpacks and clothes the night before so you don’t need to rush in the morning.
2. Use Leftovers – There is no need to pack something new every day. Use those leftovers in the fridge from the previous night’s dinner. Make sure if you are sending a food that needs to be hot pack it in a insulted container.
3. Invest in Reusable Lunch Containers - Pack lunches in a thermal lunchbox and foods in reusable containers such as ECOlunchbox. Not only is the lunch fresher but you are friendlier on the environment.
4. Make Snacks – By making snacks for your kids such as granola bars, fruit leather, muffins and one of our favorite fruit and nut balls you are saving a ton of money and giving your child the healthiest foods possible. I love to make big batches and freeze them.
5. Get Children Involved – If you have a picky eater don’t stress. Take your child with you to the grocery store and work together on picking out healthy choices that you both can agree with. If your children are old enough they can even help pack their lunches.
6. Start with a Healthy Breakfast – The best thing you can do for your child is give them a healthy breakfast before school. We might always have time to make a homemade breakfast so take time on the weekends to make big batches of your favorite breakfast meals and freeze them. Here are some of our favorites – Pancakes, Waffles,French Toast and Berry Oatmeal Bake. If you know you will be really tight for time try making crock pot oatswhich you can prepare the night before.
7. Read Labels – If you don’t have time to make everything homemade make sure you read the labels so the foods you purchase don’t have added sugars, artificial ingredients or contain high fructose corn syrup.
My friends over at Healthy Child Healthy World just published a fantastic Back to School Kit which gives you tips on which common school materials have the most toxins and how we can take practical steps to reduce the risks for our children.
Need help choosing healthy school lunch options for your child? Check out my healthy lunch suggestions which will keep your child happy and healthy.