‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 1Posted by MeckMom on Sep 14, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 10 comments
I hate to even imagine the amount of money I’ve spent on hot school lunches. Actually, that’s not quite right. What I really hate to imagine is the amount of money that was wasted knowing that my kids probably dined on the dessert and milk and pitched the rest of the meal…not to mention the overall quality of the food they were consuming.
This year I decided to save myself some cash and keep my kids a little healthier by becoming a cold lunch Mom – not your average pb&j in a sack Mom mind you, but a fun cold lunch Mom. My kids are new in this school and I’ve found that doing little things – like jazzing up their lunches a little – really help them stand out in a crowd (plus, they’re far more likely to eat what’s in there if it looks good to their peers).
So, over the last few weeks I’ve tried out some simple strategies for making my kids lunches easier and a little ‘cooler’. I’ve got several to share so I thought I’d post them in a mini-tip series over the next few days. Feel free to chime in the comments area if you’ve to some cool tricks up your cold lunch Mom sleeve.
‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 1: Bite-size Baggies
My kids hate soggy food but love condiments. To give them the best of both worlds I use these tiny zip-top craft baggies to hold everything from ketchup to mayo to salad dressing. I fill up several bags at the beginning of the week and store them in a container in the fridge. That way they’re always available to toss into lunch box.
They’re also the perfect size to hold a small treat (like a handful of m&m’s or a few starbursts). I also stock up on the mid-size craft bags – they’re great for divvying up bigger snacks like pretzels and trail mix.
I buy mine in the beading/craft area of WalMart. I can buy a pack of 100 for about $1.50. Don’t you just love it when you find something so useful that’s also incredibly cheap? Me too. More mini-tips to come tomorrow…just thought I’d pass it on.
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