Try these four tips to make lunch preparation a cinch at your house:
1. Prepare for production
Today.com suggests taking stock and doing a quick inventory before the school year begins:
2. Plan ahead
Figuring out what to whip up, and getting it made can make for a hectic morning. Take some stress out of each weekday morning by working ahead—pack lunches the night before, and spend a bit of weekend time plotting out a week (or month) of lunches, complete with associated shopping list.
3. Pick from the food groups
The USDA recommends each meal include a mix of fruits, veggies, grains, protein and dairy. When planning a lunch for your little one, choose items from each of these groups.
Need lunch inspiration? Try mixing and matching these items for wholesome lunch ideas, like these from U.S. News & World Report:
If your child is a picky eater, or follows a restricted diet, check out these recipe ideas from Epicurious.
4. Presentation, presentation, presentation
Adults are the only ones who eat with their eyes. Consider adding little touches to make lunch special and treat your kids: