Mornings are always a frantic time so it really helps to have lunchbox items than you can simply ‘pick up and go’. Taking a little time to make items ahead of time, especially those you can freeze or store in the fridge for a few days, can make all the difference to enjoying a healthy packed lunch without spending hours each morning preparing.
There’s nothing more frustrating than opening your child’s packed lunch box at the end of the day, only to discover that most of their packed lunch is still inside it! How can you create healthy lunches that your child will love and avoid having a box full of left-overs?
Don’t overestimate what your child can eat
Research has shown that a child’s stomach is roughly the size of their fist. Take a moment to think about their fist and you’ll see it takes up less space than you think. So make sure the lunch you prepare doesn’t look too overwhelming for a small child. Lots of smaller items look more attractive than a couple of large sandwiches and a huge apple.
We all know that children can be notoriously fussy eaters and there’s nothing more depressing than having their lunchbox come home almost as full as it was in the morning. So how can you get your children to eat more of their packed lunch? Of course, there are no magic solutions, but involving children in making decisions about their packed lunches will help them to feel more positive about them. These tips will show you how.
OK, hands up! Who has ever been guilty of munching a sandwich at their desk while checking their emails or updating their Facebook status? We’ve all practised that particular version of a ‘working lunch’ and it’s not very enjoyable, is it? Taking a proper lunch break not only feels better but also makes you more productive as well, so why not use these tips to make lunchtimes a bit special and improve your efficiency at the same time?
When planning ahead to prepare home-made packed lunches your freezer is definitely your best friend. Cooking in bulk and batch baking are both fantastic ways to make sure you have some delicious home-cooked goodies that can simply be dropped into your lunchbox at any time. You can also buy ready-made items that can be kept in the freezer until you need them. And most items can be put straight into your lunchbox frozen – they will be defrosted by lunchtime when you’re ready to eat.
So here are five great ways to use your freezer to help with packed lunch preparation.