The Andie Summers Show

It’s back to school time! And that means so is the stress of sending you kid into school with a good lunch that he or she will actually eat. These school lunch hacks will help you feel good about what you’re sending your kiddo to eat for lunch … and there’s a good chance he or she will actually eat it!

But, in all honesty, it’s not about us, it’s about the kids. The lunch your child takes to school or buys at school can make or break their day. Food effects mood, engagement in the classroom, and overall performance. If your child isn’t set up to succeed by giving them a good lunch, that’s just one more hurdle they have to manage in every aspect of their day; in the classroom, on the playground, and on the sports field.

Listen, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Check out some of these hacks that have worked for me in the past, as well as some ideas I wish I had.

Bon Appetit!

  • 1. Set an Alarm

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    Oh, it’s just me? No. I don’t believe that. When my kids went to school with their pretty little lunches, I never let the other moms know that I would REGULARLY forget to put their lunches together. So I set an alarm on my phone for 8pm every week day. I chose a time I knew I wouldn’t be in the middle of something where I wouldn’t be able make those lunches immediately (like in the middle of making or eating dinner, or too close to bedtime).

  • No Sandwich? No Sweat!

    My kids don’t like sandwiches. It’s frustrating. But I was able to create a fun way for them to eat their lunches without ever seeing a sandwich. What they did see was all the things that make up a sandwich, tucked into tidy little cubbies or in cupcake cups. Like this mama …

  • Kabob? No Prob!

    If you want to change things up a bit, go out and buy a pack of those skinny stirrers – you might use yours for coffee, I use mine to hold the olives in my martinis.

  • Fro-Yo for the Win!

    My kiddos used to be ADDICTED to those yogurt tubes, so for lunch I would freeze the tube and pop it in their lunch before they went to school. It acted like a little cooler pack and stayed cold until lunch. Just watch for the brain-freeze!

  • Fill Your Cup(cake)

    If your kids are on the creative side, or you just want to have some fun with food, try baking sandwich-fixings into cupcakes or other fun shapes. I used to make breakfast cups for my fam (ham, egg, cheese, in a crust of bread) to make breakfast easy for them since I’m at work before anyone wakes up. They work well for lunch, too!

  • And here are some of those lucious breakfast cupcakes.

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