Looking for inspiration on what to pack in your kids’ lunchboxes as they head back to school? Here are a few fun lunchbox ideas to get you through the year (or at least the first half of it) in this month’s Eat Well, Spend Less series.
I pull the white cotton sheet over my head and pretend the world does not exist. Being woken up to the sound of my husband’s alarm blaring at 5:45 a.m. after having just crawled into bed at 2:17 a.m. is a painful reality. If I can just keep my eyes shut.
Slowly I succumb to the inevitable. School is back in session. There will be no snooze buttons if I am to get four kids moving in the morning, three with lunches in their hands.
Today was easy, though. Leftovers had been packaged the night before. The only things left to do were fill in with appropriate sides and preheat containers with boiling water so they are ready to be tightly packed with food for the masses. By this time next week, maybe even by tomorrow, I’ll start feeling like I’m packing the same things over and over again. I will stare into the cupboards and the refrigerator and strain to think of lunch possibilities.
It’s for those days when I can’t seem to think, when I’m standing at the grocery store and thinking that individually-packaged crackers and cheese are a good idea, when I just want things to be easier than they are that I am creating this list. A list of ideas to fall back on when packing lunch seems exceptionally difficult for people who have no had morning coffee, who would rather sleep for a few more hours, and who are doing it all while reminding the kids to brush their teeth, their hair, put socks on, grab their library book, and to please, please, please remember to pick up the signed field trip slip this morning.