Considering the beginning of another school year is underway, meal prep for parents and students can quickly becoming an irritating responsibility. It can be tempting to purchase a lunch everyday in order to save time, however this becomes costly and is often times unhealthy depending on the food venues available at your location of study.
Making a lunch for school does not have to be an extravagant affair, nor does it have to be a time-consuming task. Strategies such as meal prep and following a schedule or routine can allow the task of packing a school lunch to become simple and reflexive and will arguably save you some cash in the long run.
Regardless if you’re packing a lunch for your child or for yourself, making extra food at dinner time is an easy way to have your lunch ready-to-go for the following day. Simply make an extra portion of whatever you are cooking at supper time and pack it in an airtight Tupperware container for the following day.
An additional way to make the task of packing a lunch manageable is to follow a routine or a schedule. I am the exception considering I make the same thing for lunch everyday and enjoy it, but I would argue most individuals prefer to have some variety in their diet. Consider designating certain foods for certain days of the week to save time and achieve an organized routine. For example, make a sandwich for Monday’s, a wrap for Tuesday’s, a salad for Wednesday’s, etc. Abiding by a scheduled routine will allow your lunch-prep to become mindless and furthermore effortless while still providing you with variety.
Of course, don’t be afraid to treat yourself and occasionally buy lunch on a day you’re running behind or are simply in the mood for something different. Sometimes a McDonald’s burger truly hits the spot.