This post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.
Summer blew by this year! And with it went the lazy days of no early wake-ups, no homework and no school lunches. Don’t get me wrong – I love making lunch for my kids, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just feel like I start out the year with a bang and then quickly run out of ideas to keep lunch interesting!
The way I do lunch is usually with a container and inserts to create a divided lunch – bento style. I like to offer variety and give them a few things to choose from. The focus is on quality over quantity. For example, they rarely get a whole sandwich. They’ll get half a sandwich, paired with other items, like yogurt, fruit or vegetables.
Each week, I get ideas from the kids as to what they would like to eat and we rotate through. One idea that my kids seem to love is to recreate those packaged lunches that offer crackers and deli meats. They loved when I made my own for their lunches.
I included crackers, cheese squares, and salami to make their own cracker toppings. I also added carrots, an apple and their favorite snack of choice for school, Welch’s Fruit Snacks.
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Another thing that brings a smile is a note each day from home. I always try to put a note in their lunchbox whether I use pre-printed notes or write it on a napkin. Recently, I saw an idea I wanted to try with chalkboard paint and their lunch containers. I saw someone create a chalkboard surface on the top of the lunch container.
I thought this would be a great idea for labeling lunches in the fridge and/or leaving notes! Depending on the type of chalkboard paint you use, you’ll no doubt need to do a few coats.
I did about 4 coats and allowed each coat to fully dry before I got the consistent coverage I was looking for. I also wouldn’t use this on a container that is going to be used with messy or liquid foods. You’ll want to carefully wash the lid so a lunch like the one above would be good, as you could gently clean the lid with warm water and soap.
Once it’s dry, cover in chalk to prepare the surface and rub away. Then, you’re ready to write!
Hope your school year is filled with lots of smiles! Share with me, what are your favorite go-to lunches? What would you pair Welch’s Fruit Snacks with?