The sun is just peeking over the horizon. Bleary-eyed, I stumble out of bed and am immediately tossed into a whirlwind of activity. “Mom! Where’s my library book?!” “I need you to sign this paper right now.” “I can’t find my other shoe!” “Fix my hair!” “Don’t forget I have soccer today.” “Here comes the bus!!!”
If you’ve got school-aged kids, I know you can relate. School mornings are hectic, especially now that I’ve got two kids who get on the bus at 7:20am. I am not a morning person. The struggle is real, my friends.
I still don’t have it all figured out, but I do have a pretty good system that has helped me simplify packing lunches for my kids.
After I go grocery shopping, I pack the non-perishable lunch items ahead of time and put them all into “the lunch basket.”
Each morning I make sandwiches or some other main dish and get fruits and veges out of the fridge. Then the kids grab one or two snacks out of the lunch basket and we are DONE with lunches!
I can’t tell you how much this has helped our mornings run smoother. Plus my kids like having a choice of what to put in their lunch boxes and it keeps things exciting.
I’ve also found that we use the lunch basket a lot for after-school snacks on days when we’re busy. Double win!
So what snacks go in the lunch basket? Crackers, raisins, dried fruit, cookies, chips, granola bars, etc. Jif Bars are one of our favorites. My kids are crazy about peanut butter so I knew these would be a hit. Jif Bars are creamy, fresh roasted Jif peanut butter layered with chewy, crunchy granola. It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me. My kids think they are a treat, but they have 7-8 grams of protein in each bar. Score! They come in three flavors: creamy, crunchy and chocolate, and we like them all.
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