Kidstir's Tips For Packing Lunch

Even for the most creative culinary moms, the process of packing school lunches can be overwhelming. Just the simple act of finding items your kids will eat can lead to a road block. Kidstir, a monthly subscription service providing kits filled with hands on food adventures for kids, suggests climbing out of the lunch rut by getting your kids involved in the prep work.

Check out Kidstir's 5 tips for thinking outside the lunch box

1. DIY Taco Kit Help your kids pack up taco toppings in separate containers and let them build their own tacos at lunch. Warm leftover taco filling (beans, beef, shredded chicken) and pack it in a Thermos. Then pack individual containers with grated cheese, salsa, lettuce, rice, and tortillas or taco shells. At school, they can set up a taco bar in the cafeteria!

2. Make-Your-Own Sub To prevent those soggy sandwiches, pack up the fixings for a sub and let you kids assemble it at school. Include fillings such as lettuce, olives, tomatoes, and deli meats, along with a small container of mayo or olive oil and a fresh baguette or sub roll.

3. Pita Pocket Send chicken or turkey salad (made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo for a healthy alternative) in a container along with a wrapped up piece of pita bread. At school, the kids can stuff their pockets (or choose to eat them separately with a fork).

4. Food on a Stick Food always tastes better when it’s served on a stick. Send toothpicks along with fruit and cheese and meat and let your kids make colorful kebabs in the lunch room.

5. Salad Bar in a Jar Layer a mason jar with salad stuff. Start with dressing on the bottom of the jar. Then add layers of lettuce, grated carrot, chickpeas or diced meats, and tomatoes. At school, kids can shake it up and eat it right out of the jar.