TIPS TO SAVE TIME
It is often hard to juggle work, manage the family, attend out of school activities and do the grocery shopping. Let alone sending off a lunchbox full of everyday foods. Time management is important, so here are some tips to help you along the way.
- Choose ready-made kids sized packs of baby carrots, baby cucumbers and fruit for grab and go snacks
- Keep a batch of fruit buns in the freezer (for up to 3 months). Place frozen straight into the lunchbox and they will be ready to eat by recess.
- Try boiling and peeling half a dozen eggs on the weekend. Peeled eggs will keep for about a week in the fridge in a sealed container with a damp paper towel.
- Chop extra vegetables while preparing the evening meal. Portion these into a zip lock bag or plastic containers ready for the lunchbox.
- Just like fruit, some vegetables are able to go into the lunchbox whole! Try carrots, beans, snow peas or cherry tomatoes.
- Pack the lunchbox the night before while you are making dinner. Set up a lunchbox assembly line whilst the kitchen is already in use. It’s more efficient and makes the morning rush much less complicated.
- Whole sandwiches can be made ahead of time and frozen. Use ingredients like cooked meat, cheese or mashed eggs then just put the frozen sandwich straight into the lunchbox.
- Have a plentiful supply of small plastic containers on hand. This will help with fast portioning and packing for preparing ahead of time or on the day.
- Set up a lunchbox packing station at home with a bucket for fruit, vegetables and everyday savoury snacks that are ready to go. Ensure it is topped up over the weekend, making it quick and easy to assemble the lunchbox during the week!
- Plan ahead – just like a meal plan for family evening meals write a lunchbox plan for Monday to Friday.
- Just like sandwiches, some homemade items such as fruit scones or pikelets can be pre-portioned and frozen ready to go straight into the lunchbox.
- Try packing lunchboxes for multiple days at a time. Pack Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in containers and label them with names and days.
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