How to Pack a Healthy Lunch
There’s one thing you should know about me: I am a huge fan of packing lunches. In fact… and don’t judge me….I actually enjoy it. There I admitted it. I’m a meal-packing maniac, and today I want to show you how easy it is. To start, let me tell you three of the main reasons I pack my lunch:
– It gives me control over what my children eat. I’m not a health fanatic, but I do care about whether my children are getting the vitamins and nutrients they need. I want to fuel their little growing bodies with healthy fats, proteins and plenty of fruits and veggies. Packing their lunches gives me peace of mind.
– It boosts my confidence. When I pack my lunch, I genuinely feel good about what I’m eating. No bad decisions while eating out, and no 3:00 slump from stuffing myself at a restaurant. Plus I pack a variety of snacks, so I always have something to look forward to.
– Packing is insanely cost effective. With the money I save from packing, my husband and I have a little extra spending money throughout the week. That’s never a bad feeling!
Hopefully, I’ve showed you why to pack your lunch – but are you wondering how? Here are five of my best lunch-packing tips!
1. Get a lunch bag you like, so you’ll enjoy carrying it with you. (Yes, sadly, you will have to give up the plastic grocery bag.) Do yourself a favor and get an insulated bag, along with a few quality containers to store food. These little conveniences will be a huge help.
2. Plan your lunches, make your list, and go to the grocery before Monday. It might sound terrible on Sunday, but it will be so worth it for the next five days. Try to plan similar foods for each member of your family. For example – yogurt. You might want different kinds of yogurt, but at least it’s all in the same section of the grocery store!
Idea: I love making muffins on Sunday night, which I throw in our lunches for the entire week. Often, I’ll also roast veggies and chicken on a sheet pan to use for the week.
3. Prepare and pack everyone’s lunches the night before. Put them in the fridge, and if you’re slightly absent-minded like me, stick a note on your fridge that says “Lunches!”
4. Make a little more dinner than you need, because leftovers.
5. Throw it all in a jar. Seriously! You can put fruit and yogurt, salads, chicken and veggies, rice – anything – in a jar for a quick and easy lunch. Jars also freeze well, so you can store leftovers for weeks. This is super convenient when you don’t have time to meal prep. You can always have a few backup lunches or dinners stored away.