Back-To-School Lunch Box Hacks

Back to school week can be both exciting and exhausting for parents and children alike. The last thing you want to worry or stress about is what your kids are eating in school. Packed lunches are the best way to stay on track of your child’s nutritional needs. Keep scrolling for healthy and fun tips that’ll have you packing lunches like a pro!

  1. DIY Lunch Kits (Image via eatingonadime.com)
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    We love this “better for you” option! The key to these kits is variety and creativity!
  2. Cookie Cutters (Image via mfirsthome.com)
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    Use cookie cutters to remove crusts and make your kid’s lunch a little more fun and appealing.
  3. Frozen Juice Packs (Image via honest.com)

    Freeze juice pouches overnight to keep the rest of your child’s lunch cold.
  4. Homemade Cereal Bars (Image via bettycrocker.com)
    Gluten-Free Sweet Chili and Pepita Cereal Bars
    Check out Betty Crocker for a monster list of cereal bar recipes you can recreate with your kids!
  5. Mason Jar Dressing (Image via buzzfeed.com)
    INGREDIENTS1 cup Greek yogurt⅓ cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons dill, minced1 tablespoon thyme, minced1 tablespoon garlic powder1 tablespoon onion powder2 tablespoons parsley, minced3 tablespoons lemon juiceSalt, to tasteFresh-ground black pepper, to taste¼ cup milkPREPARATIONAdd the ingredients into a mason jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously.The dressing can remain in the fridge for 1–2 weeks. Pour over your favorite salad ingredients and enjoy! Inspired by recipe here.
    Salad dressing in one easy step means less dishes to clean.
  6. The Apple Trick (Image via IKEA.com)
    SPRITTA Apple slicer IKEA Can also be used for slicing onions into wedges, etc.
    Use an apple slicer to cut an apple, then use a rubber band to hold it back together—this will keep the fruit from turning brown and is much more convenient for your child to eat!
  7. Reusable Bags (Image via thediymommy.com)
    Sew an Easy Reusable Snack Bag in 15 Minutes! #backtoschool #DIY
    Very eco-friendly and super handy for storing sandwiches, fruit, cookies, you name it. The DIY Mommy has an awesome How-To to create and customize your own!
  8. Thermos Containers (Image via momables.com)
    Top 5 Thermos Containers for school lunches. No leaks, hold the temperature, and age appropriate! #BacktoSchool
    Keep it hot! MOMables shares their Top 5 Thermos containers for school lunches. See which ones made their cut.
  9. Planning Ahead (Image via kristineskitchenblog.com)
    Fast and healthy school lunch ideas and tips! These make ahead lunch ideas save you time and effort! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com
    Planning ahead will take a little practice, but Kristine (of Kristine’s Kitchen Blog) makes our lives a little easier with her No Fuss School Lunch Ideas. Thanks, Kristine!

  10. Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and snack cakes are the perfect little sweet treat to throw in any lunch bag! Find us in a store near you.

Share your kids’ lunches featuring Otis Spunkmeyer by tagging #otisspunkmeyer and we’ll thank you with freebies and coupons!

 

Jennifer K.