We all know that meal prep can be a lifesaver. But how do you meal prep for school lunches? Are there ways to make putting together a healthy, nutritious meal for your kids easier? Yes. In fact, there are several things you can do to make your job much easier. Let’s look at how to meal prep for a week of school lunches.
Wash and Cut Vegetables and Fruits
Many fruits and vegetables can be washed and cut so that you can put them in containers for your children’s lunches. This way all you have to do is grab containers and pop them into their lunchboxes. To keep berries and greens fresh, add a piece of paper towel to the containers to dry up excess moisture to prevent mold.
Make Items That Will Last and Store in the Fridge
There are many items you can make once and serve throughout the week. For example, you can prepare hard boiled eggs or tuna salad and put them into containers to make it easier to put together sandwiches or side items. You might make tuna salad for your kids to enjoy the next three days and then pack up leftovers for a couple days.
Measure Out Snacks
It can save you so much money to purchase chips and other snacks in regular packages rather than small bags. Once a week, you can measure out snacks into containers and pop them into the pantry for easy access.
Use Leftovers from Dinner for the Next Day’s Lunch
If you know you’ll have leftovers throughout the week, plan to package them up to put into your children’s lunches. This will save time and help ensure that leftovers get eaten, saving you money.
Make It Easy for Kids to Get Involved
Last, but not least, make packing lunches easier on yourself by putting together a lunch station. You can have a basket for snacks, one for protein, one for dairy, one for fruits and veggies and put signs on them for how many your kids should pick of each one. This gives them freedom to pack the lunch they want and gives you one less thing to do.
Meal prep is wonderful for not only dinners but for school lunches as well. If you want to make it easy to put together your children’s lunches, meal prep is definitely the way to go.