Yesterday, I posted that I developed a little morning routine for the girls, and it’s been going pretty well. That hour between the girls waking up and getting out the door is always crunch time for us, so the more streamlined I can make it, the better chance I have for not wheezing and panting before 8:05.
The food allergies have always sort of thrown us for a loop, especially when it comes to packing lunches. It’s been a month since our family has gotten the OK on wheat, but just last spring we were making rice bread sandwiches. It’s still a little tricky (we have to skip all of the go-to dairy items like yogurt, string cheese, etc), but we’ve been able to come up with a system that works well for us:
1. Packing three lunches does not take much more time than packing one. Allow me to explain. Remmy’s being homeschooled this year, Sophie’s in preschool, and Minnie’s enjoying the laidback yet exciting life of a one and a half year old. Even though Remmy and Minnie are home, we pack their lunches. (Small exceptions with Minnie, since she does a lot of picking off whatever I’m eating.) When it’s lunchtime, Remmy just pulls her lunch bag from the refrigerator. Makes life easier. :)
2. We freeze our sandwiches. If I bake a loaf of bread, we let it cool off, then slice the whole loaf. We make sunflower seed butter and jam sandwiches, wrap them, and then stack them in the freezer. The morning of, we throw the sandwich in the lunchbox, and it thaws nicely by noon. Instead of making a bunch of sandwiches each morning, we do it once a week, and then just pull them out of the freezer.
3. Keep a basket of snack foods handy. Our go-tos are homemade granola bars, Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce pouches, and raisins. We also stock up on baby carrots and tahini-free hummus. A goal is to make sure we get a serving of fruits + veggies in at lunchtime. (This is a post with some helpful visuals for serving sizes.)
Here’s a short (under one minute!) video depicting our Lunchbox Routine. :) Hit that HD!
We love the Mott’s® Snack & Go pouches for more than just lunchtime. If we’re running errands, I’ll throw three in my handbag and the girls get a safe-for-them, no-utensils-needed snack. Convenience foods can come few and far between when food allergies are on the table, so we’re always thrilled when there’s a viable healthy and convenient option that the girls love. And when their water bottles aren’t handy, they get down with juice boxes, too. (Remmy digs the Mott’s® Original 100% Apple Juice.)
A streamlined lunchbox routine helps us big time, and it leaves room for more important things, liiike making unicorn videos and falling asleep during zombie movies.