Those snack bags of munchies cost a lot! Make your own by
pre-packaging chips, pretzels, animal crackers and other snack
items into sandwich bags on the weekends. (Have the kids
help!) Store them in a big container or basket and just throw
them in the lunchbox in the morning.
- Let the kids create their own pizza lunch kits. Toast bread
and cutout little circles with a biscuit cutter. Add small
containers of pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings.
- Make fruit gelatin and pudding and put in small plastic
containers for the week. Make a large batch of granola bars,
cookies, pumpkin bread, banana bread or muffins. Divide them
into resealable sandwich bags and freeze so that you can grab
one or two when needed.
- Brownie bites are simple to make. Bake brownie mix in mini-
muffin pans and put three "brownie bites" in a sandwich bag
for each child's lunch. They freeze well too!
- Fill a thermos (not glass) half full with juice the night
before and freeze. In the morning, remove from the freezer and
fill the rest of the way. The juice will be cold when the kids
are ready to drink it and it keeps their food cold too.
- Clean vegetables, slice into pieces and bag. Preparing a
week's worth of veggies at a time for lunches and snacks saves
money and time.
- Purchase cheese in blocks, cut into pieces and put in
- Save napkins and catsup and mustard packets that you get
from take-out. Use in lunches.
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