When it comes to lunch packing, you really need a go-to plan in order to make it work and get it all done on time. Here are some nuggets of wisdom that’ll help you prep and pack the best, most delicious school lunches for your little humans.
Lunch packing tips
Have your gear ready
If you’re tired of going through an endless supply of brown bags and plastic sandwich bags, it’s time to stock up on some kid-approved lunchboxes that’ll carry you through the school year. Look for some soft-sided, insulted lunchboxes that’ll carry lidded plastic storage containers. Sistema is currently one of the leading brands when it comes to lunchboxes in South Africa, so be sure to check out their selection of premium quality products.
Time it right
Packing lunches at night might be one of the best ways to ensure everyone gets out the door on time in the morning. You can start prepping lunches when you’re making inner of straight after dinner before you start washing up.
Keep food safe
When it comes to food safety, it should be on top of your lunch packing itinerary. The cooler (or sometimes hotter) food starts out, the better. Store sandwiches in the refrigerator until right before it’s time to leave for school. Heat up the soup as much as possible before pouring it into the thermos and sending your kids out the door.
Freeze their drinks
Store your juice boxes in the freezer. This will help keep your kid’s lunchbox cool and the drink will thaw and be ready to drink by lunchtime. This will work for water bottles as well, or juice poured into plastic bottles as long as you ensure the bottles aren’t filled to the top.
Protect fragile fruit
Some fruits are more durable than others. Apples and bananas don’t need to be handled with care. but some others are prone to piercing, bruising, and even smashing if they’re not handled with care. of course, this doesn’t lead to appetizing outcomes for picky kids. Fruits like pears, peaches and nectarines should be wrapped in a paper towel before being bundled into your kid’s lunch bag. You can also use smart lunch boxes that have separate storage spaces for fruits and veggies, just to ensure that nothing touches and nothing gets smashed before lunchtime.