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Every fall, I start out the school year super motivated to be awesome and pack healthy, homeade lunches for my kids every day. Then before I know it, they’ve been in school a full week and I’m like, “can you guys just buy your lunch tomorrow?” because omg packing lunches is a pain.
I should probably have them pack their own. But until then! There are a few cool products and services I’ve learned about lately that help me stay sane during this busy time of year (hello, grocery delivery services!).
Here are some stress-free school lunch ideas for kids that make lunchtime a little bit easier and a lot healthier.
Stress-Free School Lunches
Use a grocery delivery service.
We just signed up for Shipt. It’s a little different from other grocery delivery services that I have tried. Shipt lets you order from local stores and have it delivered within a one-hour window. As you’re placing your order (all from the Shipt app or their website), you can state any preferences you have for each product. In our area, Shipt is currently available for Kroger and Target.
It is so nice not to have to go to the grocery store! An annual membership gives you free delivery on all order of $35 or more. Tipping is optional, and you can do so from the app once the order is delivered (and in our experience, each time we’ve use Shipt we have a super-friendly deliver person who does a great job picking out things like produce and meat).
Make meals ahead of time for healthy and convenient lunch options.
The Lundberg White Rice & Quinoa Entree is an easy, prep-ahead meal that makes great leftovers. The Rice Pilaf and Rosemary Olive Oil options are organic, vegan and gluten-free. They also only take 20 minutes to make!
But the best part is that it’s delicious. It travels well, and when packed with some protein it makes a great alternative to a sandwich.
Stock up on allergy free snacks.
At our school, we can’t send peanut products due to some peanut allergies in the classroom – and I know that’s the case for many schools these days! MadeGood proveds allergy-free snacks like granola bars and cookies. These organic, gluten-free snacks are made in a facility that is free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish, and shellfish.
My kids were in love with the Vanilla Crispy Square!
Use an online meat delivery service.
My husband likes to go to the grocery store and pick out his own meat, so I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about a meat delivery service. But he ended up loving our Eat Pre meal delivery!
We received a chuck roast, 85% lean ground beef, 95% lean ground beef, a New York Strip, and a filet. All meat is grass-fed and grass-finished, raised with care, and has no added antibiotics or hormones. We can’t find grass-finished meat at our local grocery store, s o it was really nice to find a service that delivers it!
We ended up making a crock pot roast, tacos, spaghetti sauce, and more from our delivery. It was delicious. Also, it was a great reminder for me that grass-fed is not the same as grass-finished, and when possible grass-finished is the healthiest option (and also the best option for the livestock).
Take 10% off any Eat Pre order through October 31st with code CARRIEELLE.
Just having food delivered and keeping some easy, already made options on-hand can really take some of the stress out of school lunches (and adult lunches, for that matter!). It’s not likely that I’ll ever make my kids lunches every day. But I do try to make them a few days a week, and having options like these can make it a lot easier – without having to sacrifice quality or even shopping time!