In one of my previous posts, you must have seen that I’ve talked about how single parents can save big on their back-to-school budget. And why wouldn’t I? After all, back-to-school time is just around the corner! The casual summer is over and the season of “busy morning” has arrived.
It's almost time for buying new backpacks, dresses and other school supplies. Maybe you have already stocked up all the necessary school supplies, but have you thought about the lunch box which you must fill with different types of yummy items for your picky eaters? Packing lunch for kids is not an easy task. You need to plan beforehand because packing exciting lunches can be expensive and it takes time as well. However, this doesn’t mean you’ve to fill the lunch boxes with pricey packaged food bought from the supermarket. Packaged foods are not healthy and they are expensive too. So, here are some ideas to pack easy and affordable lunch and 3 recipes of yummy lunch items.
Planning beforehand is the key to pack healthy lunches without pinching your pocket. With some little planning and effort, you can pack the perfect lunch box for the picky eaters. Following are some tips for making homemade lunch, which can save money, reduce food waste and can boost the nutrition level as well.
If your kids are unpredictable with their food habits, then try to get them involved while planning for lunch. Give some food options and let them choose their lunch for the whole week. You can take your kids while shopping groceries and ask them to pick the veggies and fruits of their choice. Thus, you can minimize the food waste and can pack their favorite lunch as well.
If you have some extra time, then you can turn the regular lunch into fun foods. Use a cookie cutter, kid friendly skewers to give fancy shapes to daily bread, cheese, cookies, and kebabs. Or, you can get several lunch theme ideas from the Internet to make special lunch everyday.
Snacks are energy boosters for kids. But make sure they are not prepackaged. Try to make homemade muffins or oatmeal cookies instead of packaged foods such as, chips, crackers, cookies etc. Add beans in baking to make the food more nutritious. You can go for ants on a log, fruit leathers, yogurt covered raisin as well.
Try to pick local and seasonal vegetables and fruits such as, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, grapes, apples so on. These are affordable and full of taste and nutrition as well.
Try the tricks given below to save some dollars in your everyday life. If you do so, you can make both your kids and wallet happy at the same time.
Well, your kids’ preference matter the most when you pack lunch-boxes for them. But, you can’t possibly spend all your money on back-to-school supplies and lunch-boxes. You need to think seriously about your budget as well, since the festive season is just a few months away, which means more shopping and splurging.
Here are some tips for you that will help to save on your kids’ need during the back-to-school season and save money for the remaining months.
Here goes some ideas and recipes that are ideal for lunch during back-to-school season.
These bite sized cupcakes are very easy to make. Egg is the main component and you can add your favorite ingredients including cheese, broccoli, ham, bacon, spinach, peppers, corn, etc.
How to cook (Preparation time: 20 minutes)
You can make a tasty BBQ chicken sandwich with the leftover chicken, barbecue sauce and carrots. The recipe of this healthy yet tasty lunch is as follows:
How to cook (Preparation time: 10 minutes)
For the sweet toothed kids, this lunch is ideal. It also takes very less time to cook. So, you can pack this item along with some other dish as well.
How to cook (Preparation time: 5 minutes)
Chop up veggies and store them in an airtight container, mix up the ingredients for tossing salad, the night before. Thus, you’ll be able to make the lunch quickly and your morning will go more smoothly. Try to skip the brown bags to save some extra bucks. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot or sacrifice eating nutritious lunch just because you have busy schedules. With some efforts and tricks, you can combine health and budget together while packing attractive lunches for your back-to-schoolers.