Photo Credit: Lindsey Galey
Say goodbye to the same old boring sandwiches.
When I was a kid, my mom packed me the best lunches, mostly made up of leftovers from dinner the night before or a quick pasta she could whip up when putting my lunch bag together. I never understood why anyone would want the snack packs and soggy sandwiches I saw my classmates carry in when they could have a delicious homemade carbonara instead! It goes to show food has always been in my blood.
Now, I try to do the same for Jade when she heads off to school. No Lunchables here! There's no reason to load up a lunch box with processed, packaged foods, just because they claim to be easier or faster for busy parents. My typical school lunch is so quick to throw together following this basic formula - leftovers or one of my make-ahead meals, some fresh veggies, and a healthy snack or two - and it's usually a lot cheaper than most "kid-friendly" packaged food, too. And if you're in a hurry, there's no harm in throwing in some clean snacks like Lara Bars, Graze Beef Sticks or dried fruit. Your kids get to go to school feeling special, and you feel good knowing they're eating real, healthy food. It's a win-win!