Food Lunchbox Hacks That Make Packing School Lunches Legitimately Fun  

Matt Manser
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Kids complaining because they're in a bit of a school lunch rut? You can help them snap out of it and add some variety to their day with these amazing lunchbox hacks for parents. For instance, the old stand-by peanut butter and jelly or meat and cheese sandwiches are classics, but these tips for school lunches have great ideas for mixing it up. Skewers, cookie cutters, and compartments can all be key methods when figuring out how to pack the perfect lunchbox. You can always add some artistic flare to sandwiches and other snacks to brighten up your kids day.

These tips for making school lunches also includes ways to up your snack game – by doing things like giving your kids more control over picking snacks, they can feel a greater sense of responsibility (and take some responsibility off your own plate at the same time). If you're looking for the best lunchbox hacks, you've come to the right place.

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Create DIY Lunchables
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Sure, there are pre-maid Lunchables you can buy at the store, but you can also make your own version that will likely end up being cheaper and healthier. Just get a compartmentalized lunch container and pack it with the crackers, meat, and cheese of your choosing. If there are leftover compartments, you can use that for fruit or any other preferred snacks.

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Re-Assemble Apple Slices To Prevent Browning
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For some kids, eating apple slices is way better than trying to eat one whole piece of fruit; unfortunately, there's a good chance the slices will go brown and lose their crispness during the day. To prevent that from happening, simply cut the apple into slices, then organize them into the original shape with a rubber band. By keeping the insides from becoming exposed, the slices stay fresh until lunchtime.

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Pack A Hot Lunch In A Thermos
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Thermoses are without a doubt one of the most overlooked food accessories on the market. Their basic function is to keep things warm without the aid of a microwave or other heat source, which, let's be real, isn't always readily available when you need it. Using a thermos means you can pack a full hot lunch, be it pasta, stew, chicken nuggets, or anything else that should be enjoyed at more than room temperature, and have no worries about it being ice cold come lunchtime.

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Make Kid-Friendly Trail Mix
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For a fun lunchtime snack, you and your kids can make your own homemade trail mix. Just mix up some whole grain cereal, raisins or other dried fruit, chocolate chips or M&M's, nuts, sunflower seeds, and any other snack food that sounds like a good fit to you. Place a cupful in a bag and it's ready for lunchtime.

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