Hacking your life can be empowering. You’ll get stuff done a lot faster as a parent thanks to these amazing tips for preparing school lunches. Less stress is always a good thing!
 
Frozen PB&Js
Prepare a bunch of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches in advance for lunches and freeze them. They’ll keep in your freezer for up to 6 weeks. To add them to your child’s lunch, just take one out of the freezer in the morning and toss it into their lunch bag. It’ll thaw out and be ready to eat by lunch time!

 
Frozen Rice Or Pasta
A similar procedure to the PB&Js above. Pack individual portions of rice or pasta dishes and freeze them. Heat them up in the morning and they’ll make a nice lunch for your child. The full instructions can be obtained here and the food packs will last 30 days in your freezer.

 
Sliced Apples That Don’t Turn Brown
Slice up an apple and put it back together, holding it in place with a rubber band, to keep it from getting brown before lunch! It’s called an apple puzzle and step by step instructions are here.

 
Juice Box Ice Pack
A frozen juice box can double as an ice pack for a child’s lunch. By lunch time the juice will thaw out and the rest of the lunch will be kept cool by it serving as an ice pack!

 
Teach Your Kids How To Pack Lunches
Instead of packing their lunches for them, teach your kids how to pack an appropriate lunch for themselves. Hang up a checklist like this on your fridge to remind them! It only takes five simple steps for them to pack a healthy lunch.

 
Hard-Boiled Eggs
These are very easy protein sources to add to your kids’ lunches. At the beginning of the week, hard boil a bunch of eggs. They’ll easily last a week in the fridge!

 
Snack Packs
Get some divided plastic trays to put in your fridge and make a snack for each day of the week at the beginning of the week. All you have to do is grab it in the morning! The details are here.

 
Peanut Butter Or Hummus Dip
If your kids love peanut butter or hummus, send them to school with a bunch of things to dip into them. They’ll love it and might even end up eating more vegetables this way!

 
Skewers
Your kids don’t like sandwiches? That’s fine! Make them some skewers like a boss. They’ll love it. Here are a few different ones.

 
List Of Ideas
Just so you don’t run out of ideas for your children’s lunches, keep this list from Lil’ Luna (there is a larger version on her site) on your fridge. It’s pretty helpful!