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I affectionately call summer vacation my lunch packing vacation. After packing three lunches a day (and snacks too!) for three kids, I love the lunch packing break. What did I do this summer, though? I bought the kids summer lunch boxes. I will admit that, on the last day of school, I trashed the ones they had taken to school all year. I quickly realized that a packing a quick lunch in the fridge with some meat, crackers, fruit, and a bottle of NESQUIK could make Brian’s day while being a stay at home dad with three kids. This worked out great for a few days of Vacation Bible School, trips to the pool, and random picnics at the playground.
I headed to Walmart with the girls after our recent beach trip to get a fresh bottle of milk and a few other grocery items. I also grabbed some lunch supplies because Brian wasn’t feeling well and I knew a packed lunch would help with the “mommy is back at work” lunchtime routine. The girls picked out their favorite refreshing and delicious drink … NESQUIK 8oz 10pk Ready-to-Drink Bottles. #FoodMadeSimple I did learn three key tips last year with all of that lunch packing I did and I am excited to share them with you.
1. I learned to take lunch orders from the kids. They didn’t love my easy approach to making the same lunch for them all week. They thought that was boring. This mommy isn’t a mind reader so I started making menu requests on scraps of paper at bedtime each night. This year I am upgrading to a menu plan they can fill out for me! You can download the PDF by clicking here or the picture below! 2. I learned to pile everything I need all over the counter so I don’t have to keep running to the garage fridge, the kitchen fridge, the pantry, etc. to gather everything for the menus they wanted. 3. I learned that the assembly line approach to lunch packing works best to make lunch packing happen fast! The end result of a well packed lunch is smiles when they open that lunch box and find their favorites … …and happy lunch eating kids.
Ready for lunch packing? Check out Nestle Recipes for inspiration to fill out your own lunch packing meal plan!
Are you ready for lunch packing vacation time to be over? We have less than a month until school starts here so the countdown is on but I am ready! What lunch packing tips do you have? Leave us a comment and let us know!