Have a snack box! We have a picnic basket in our pantry that is full of lunch box snacks. I open the boxes and place the individual packs inside the basket or put them into snack size baggies so it's quick and easy to grab a snack! This is also great when your heading out the door and need to grab snacks for the diaper bag. Here are some of the items we have in our snack box:
- KIND Bars
- Stretch Island Fruit Leathers
- Fruit Snacks
- SunRipe Fruit Strips
We use a similar concept for fruits and veggies. I put a veggie and a fruit in their lunch each day and it is much easier to have them washed, bagged and ready to go than to prep it each morning! This week we had baby carrots. celery, cherries, and grapes. Other easy options are strawberries, melon, apple slices, olives, zucchini slices, kiwi, corn (cook and cool), and avocado slices. If your kids like to dip theirs you can send a little cup of hummus or greek yogurt for a healthy option!
I try to keep my kids' lunches as healthy as possible on a budget. Here is an idea of what we pack for under $2 per lunch:
PB&J Sandwich (Make ahead and freeze - you can use almond butter for a more nutritious option if your kids will eat it) or Grilled Chicken with Pita Bread
Babybel Cheese Wheel or yogurt
Juice Box or Water Bottle
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