Packing a Healthy School Lunch
Whether you’re heading into class or off to work for the day, packing your lunch is one of the best ways to make sure you always have access to healthy, well-balanced meals. As a bonus, packed lunches tend to be less expensive and tastier, too. Since homemade lunches can benefit both your waistline and wallet, there really is no better time than today to start taking your food to go. That being said, one issue with preparing your lunches each week is deciding what to pack and how to pack it. For stress-free meal-prep sessions, check out the following tips:
- When it comes to preparing healthy lunches ahead of time, it’s all in the planning. Find some simple lunch recipes you love, gather the ingredients, and get packing.
- Another great option is cooking enough each night for leftovers. If you aren’t typically a fan of reheating last night’s dinner, try repurposing the ingredients. For example, shredded chicken from last night’s tacos can be placed on tomorrow’s salad.
- Stock up on healthy pre-packaged items for when you don’t have time to meal prep or don’t have leftovers from the night before. Always keep a few Bumble Bee® Snack Kits on hand.
- Don’t forget to focus on staying hydrated each day. While you should drink sufficient water throughout the day, definitely hydrate with lunch.
- Start with a great insulated bag to keep your lunch chilled until you’re ready to eat, especially if you don’t have access to a refrigerator.
- For food storage, glass is pretty hard to beat. Containers with compartments work well for transporting meals with sides and mason jars are great for packing portable salads.
- Try to ditch disposable flatware. Reusable travel utensils are perfect for toting back and forth; they are also much more environmentally friendly.
- Choose your prep days based on your schedule and the food you are preparing. If you want to dedicate a single day to meal prepping, make sure you are packing foods that actually last all week.
- Take into consideration any events that will be happening throughout the week. If you know you will be dining out on a certain day, pack one less lunch. It sounds silly, but it’s an easy detail to overlook.