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Make a Healthy Lunch For Yourself While You Pack Your Children's Lunch Box

While You're at It, Pack Yourself a Lunch

Some of life's lessons need to be taught over and over again. For me the importance of packing a healthy lunch is one of them. Riding on the back-to-school momentum, I thought I would remind you all (like I was reminded by a dietitian at a mommy and kids Luna Bar nutrition event) to make yourself a lunch. Especially all you mothers out there.

Every mother is a working mother. Whether you spend your day behind a desk or behind a steering wheel, all moms need proper fuel to make it through the day. Oh how low blood sugar can make a mom snap! If you're driving around all day erranding in between drop-offs and pick-ups, soccer practice, and ballet lessons, you need lunch, too — even if it's not a scheduled hour. When packing lunches for your brood, make a lunch for yourself and keep your freshly packed midday meal with you for when the hunger pangs start. While your palate might be more sophisticated than you kids, you can always fill your lunch box with leftovers from the previous night's dinner. In a pinch, peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread with carrot sticks is better for you (and cheaper) than drive-through.

Did you pack yourself a lunch for today? Tell me, what's in your lunch box?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
I actually made my break fast lunch and snacks last night. Must get in the habit of doing it the night before. Today: Green Monster smoothie (love them!) Vegan over night oats with strawberries, huge fruit parfait with yogurt, 3 figs, nectarine, and bread with hummus and avacado. When I get home I am going to attempt to make a beet shake before I head over the hill for a dinner party.
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
GirlOverboard--awesome! I miss my old metal lunchbox sometimes... My sister and I share kp duties--I'm a better cleaner, so I usually end up doing dishes (blechh), but she packs our lunches/fruits=yay! It's healthier and saves us money--which we really need to do now that we've got a mortgage to pay. I'm trying to put in my share, though, by getting into some slow cooking. We are usually cooking for four--dinner and lunch the next day. Today's lunch: rib (smoked in our smoker on saturday) tacos with cabbage, hatch chiles and corn tortillas; fruits, choco soy milk. :)
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Peanut butter sandwich, bag of almonds, bag of strawberries, box of raisins, copious amounts of Advil Cold & Sinus. :( *sniffle* GirlOverboard, DO IT!! A Mario lunchbox would be the coolest thing EVER!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I always pack my own lunch because the food at work is SO expensive. This week, it's been a sliced tomato in a tupperware container, a can of tuna, a pear, and some cut up carrots from the garden.
kclulu kclulu 5 years
Every night I pack a breakfast, lunch and snacks for my fiance and me while he does the dishes. I hate doing dishes and we both would rather have homemade lunches than grab something out so it works well!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I constantly forget to pack something for lunch. I've been wondering if having a container specifically for packing my lunch will help me remember, if it's sitting there on the counter waiting to be filled. Even if I toss an apple or banana and a bag of pop chips in there, I'll at least save money on snacks. I've been considering cleaning out my old Mario lunch box (which currently houses all of my Gameboy and DS games) and taking that to work (hey, I work for a game company - it wouldn't be scoffed at).
LeiraElle LeiraElle 5 years
I'm certainly nobody's mother, but I always pack a lunch! Leftover ratatouille today... but its usually a salad with a piece of bread. I also pack my own snacks (a homemade granola bar and a piece of fruit) to power through all day. Sooo much cheaper than buying someone on the fly.
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