There are two kinds of people in this world: those who say “Yay!” to lunch, and those who say, “I guess it’s fine?”No matter where you fall, Laura and Liz have some ideas to plus-up your lunch game without a lot of effort. They share the best lunches on hot summer days (spoiler alert: snack plates are lit—they’re basically Adult Lunchables 💡), what to pack for kids’ school lunches, the best gear for lunches at school and the office, and the Simplified Sisterhood’s pro tips to make lunch packing quick, easy, and less of a chore.
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The Simplified Sisterhood’s Top 3 Lunch Packing Pro Tips
Freeze juice boxes to create your own DIY ice pack—take it straight from the freezer and into the lunch bag. It thaws by lunchtime.
If you don’t have a Snacklebox, pre-portion any chips, pretzels, fruit, etc into smaller-sized reusable containers or bags ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself later.
If your kids aren’t sandwich people, you can just freeze small portions of their favorite dinners when you make them: meatballs + pasta, beef barbacoa + Mexican rice, etc.
A Blessing for Your Week
As you prep the meals and do the things
To keep the wheels in motion,
I hope you remember that the small things matter so much,
That caring for yourself, and your people, is a radical act of love.
And this is the kind of love that stays with you,
And will carry you through the day
No matter what it brings.
Liz’s Simplicity Tip of the Week
Do yourself a favor and pack an emergency lunchbox for the car because there are very few emergencies like hangryness (I don't think that's even a word, but I'm going to make it one).
So if you know you're going to be out and about for the day, just stash some things in a lunchbox for yourself and toss it in the car. I usually throw a Chomps stick in there, a banana, some pretzels, trail mix, things like that. I’ll also toss a full water bottle in there too. I know it's summer and our cars get really hot, but in the cooler months I just keep that lunchbox in my car so I always have it with me. And when it’s hot, I pack it at night and put it next to the diaper bag so that I don't forget it on my way out the door. Because go away, hangry. Nobody likes you.
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