* * * * * *
School lunch. While summer is actually in sight (believe it or not) and I'm sure you can't wait to not have to make and pack lunch every day, there's still a few months of school to get through. As those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram know, I've been posting a picture of my kids' school lunches every day for years there, and so to help you get through this last long stretch until summer, today I'm sharing a bunch of my favorite lunchbox combo ideas here on Weelicious.
Scroll to the bottom to see some of my favorite tips for making school lunch unbelievably easy. And if you're still in need of more inspiration, you can always pick up a copy of my book, Weelicious Lunches or leave a comment below telling me some of your favorite lunch box idea for a chance to win one of two signed copies. I love learning new tricks!
mexican fried rice, cheese cubes, Mini Babybel cheese, carrots, berries, olives
lentils, quinoa, sunflower butter bran muffins, grated carrots, pickles, strawberries, blueberries
Time saving tips for the night before:
* Cut up veggies and serve alone or alongside hummus, salad dressing or your child's favorite dip.
* Wash whole fruits
* Cut up apples or pears and toss the slices with a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to prevent browning.
* Go in your fridge and peek through leftover containers for:
- brown rice that can be tossed with black beans or sesame seeds (for added protein).
- cooked pasta that can be mixed with pesto or tomato sauce and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.
- chicken that you can slice and put inside a wrap, sandwich or serve on it's own with some BBQ sauce for dipping.
- baked sweet potatoes simply on their own make a fabulous hand held meal.
* When you bake cookies, freeze a few baked or unbaked cookies first on cookie sheets (so they don't stick together) and then transfer them to labeled zipper bags. Pop a few out and quickly bake them whenever you need an easy sweet treat.
And no matter what, always try and make sure lunch is balanced by including a fruit, vegetable, protein and carbohydrate!
This post contains affiliate links for which I receive payment. While I receive compensation as a brand ambassador, all opinions are my own.