It doesn’t matter if they are starting their first day as a little one or are heading off for their final year of school, kids need good food to get them through the day. One of the best ways to do this is by making them a packed lunch. However, if you don’t want it ending up in the bin, you might want to make them something a bit special. Here are our top ideas for lunches.
Make their sandwich a bit different with some pitas, wraps, and bowls. Not only are they quick and easy to throw together in the morning, but they can also hold a lot more yummy things than regular bread. So, if you add a sauce that might make a sandwich fall apart, a wrap can keep its shape for much longer. Plus, there is something fun about getting a wrap or pitta over a sandwich. Hey, we don’t make the rules, it’s just fun.
If there is one item that is versatile, it is pasta. Once it is cooked, it can be added to anything and makes a great cold salad. This is great if you have a hungry kid who is going through growth spurts and there seems to be no filling them. Mixing it with veggies and tasty sauce will ensure that it is a hit. This is one of those meals that is best made the night before so it can be dished out quickly before you head out the door.
For fussy kids, it might be necessary to hide goodness in other foods. Batch baking muffins to add to their school bag can help to get something into their bellies during the day. The best thing about them is that there are many different combinations that you can whip up to keep them interested. And, once they have been cooked, you just need to open the tub and pop one into their bag every day.
Salads are the unsung hero of packed lunches. Not only can you fill a salad bowl with anything, but you also don’t have to limit the amount that they can eat. The possibilities are endless when it comes to salad. When it comes to prepping a salad, you can make a big bowl up the night before and dish it into their lunchboxes. It can even be popped in the fridge and kept chilled until they are ready to dash out the door.
Ok, we promised quick and easy, but could it be easier than giving them money to buy their own food in the canteen? If their school has a good food scheme and you think that they will buy the right choices, then make your life extra easy. Besides, buying a hot meal when it is freezing outside can help to keep them warmer in the winter months.
And there you have it, some super quick and easy lunch ideas that will make getting out the door to school in the morning a lot easier.