Meal-Prep Hacks for the First Week Back to School and Beyond
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For a quick make-ahead weekday breakfast that works in a lunch box, too, assemble yogurt parfaits in a jar. They're protein-rich, nutritious, and kid-friendly.
Setting up for breakfast before going to bed will save time and stress in the morning.
Packing lunches the night before also means that parents can enjoy their food instead of scrambling to get lunchboxes ready.
Prepare lunch-packing bins on Sundays. Keep one in the fridge stocked with things like string cheese, yogurt, veggies, and washed fruit and one on the counter with items like granola bars, nuts, and single-serve applesauce pouches.
You can pick other ingredients/foods, but this gives them a good start and streamlines the process because everything is quick to grab and pack.
Have prepared one balanced snack after school and then tell kids that the next opportunity to eat will be at dinner.
Make sure that the snack has protein, high fiber carbohydrate, and some fat to keep little tummies satisfied.
Some examples would be plain Greek yogurt + granola + fruit or veggies + hummus + oatmeal cookie or half of an egg salad sandwich + milk
For a crunchy snack that packs more nutrients than chips or cookies, set up a DIY trail mix bar and let your kids make their own:
Keep your freezer stocked with dinner items like pasta sauce, chili, soup, and curries.
A well-stocked freezer will save you from that dreaded 5 p.m. scramble of trying to decide if you can piece together a meal or if you should order in.
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Back to school: easy tips for breakfast, lunch, snacks
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