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How to pack the perfect lunch

10 January 2017

Packing school lunches (and work lunches at the same time) can be seen as a real pain. Parents find it overwhelming and aren’t sure what to include or how to pack them.

THESE TIPS SHOULD HELP TRANSFORM YOUR LUNCH PACKING WOES INTO NUTRITIOUS AND SIMPLE JOYS!

1. USE LEFTOVERS

If you want to be as economical as possible and save yourself time, make enough dinner to be used as lunch the next day. And to save even more effort, portion the leftovers into their containers straight after dinner so you don’t have to do it the next morning!

2. GOOD QUALITY LUNCH CONTAINERS

Make sure you have a good quality lunch container that keeps food fresh: there’s nothing worse than spending time preparing a meal only to have it wilted and worse for wear when you go to eat it. Invest in good quality containers that preserve the food and keep the moisture out.

3. VARIETY

Whether you’re packing for yourself or for your kids, you don’t often eat everything at once; there needs to be snacks and options for various times in the day. Pack something nutrient dense like a wrap, sandwich, soup or pasta as well as a few healthy sides like fruit, yoghurt or muffins. Don’t forget a healthy drink; the best choice would be a bottle of fruit or lemon infused water or a freshly squeezed juice.

4. MAKE A LIST OF YES FOODS THAT YOU’RE HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS TO EAT

When you get stuck with what to pack, check the list and add items from there. It’s a way to have constant inspiration at all times!

5. KEEP YOUR INGREDIENTS FRESH

Kids (and adults) need nutritious food in order to grow and develop. Make sure you’re packing fruit and vegetables rather than biscuits and chips. Adding processed items is just going to make your child hungrier sooner and it provides them with no real vitamins or energy to use to conquer the day.

Packing lunches doesn’t have to be a daunting task, use the tips above to make it a breeze for you and an exciting part of everyday for your kids! Household Plastics has the perfect containers for every kind of lunchbox treat, so there’s no excuse to start the year off with bad lunches!

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