Being a mom of three kids means life is always a little chaotic. I’m always looking for ways to save time and money! Preparing snacks and school lunches the morning of, has really become a hassle in the morning. There are times when we are running late and I just simply don’t have the time to prepare lunch. I have found that preparing snacks and lunches ahead of time saves me a lot of time.
How to Prepare Snacks & School Lunches Ahead of Time
Plan the Menu on the Weekend
Spend Saturday or Sunday afternoon planning out school lunches and snacks. This will give you a clear idea of what you need to buy or prepare for the week. If you know you want to send your child a hard-boiled egg for snack, you can boil all your eggs on Sunday. You can do other things like cut up cheese, put carrots in baggies or any other preparation needed for the week.
Assemble the Night Before
The night before spend a few minutes assembling the lunch and snacks for the next day. If you are sending a sandwich to school it might be best to do this the morning of. However, most items you should not have a problem putting together the night before. Having all of lunch and snack items together will help your mornings run a lot smoother and free up some time.
Taking advantage of freezer cooking is a great way to ensure you always have lunch and snack items on hand. When it comes to freezer cooking the amount of things you can cook and freeze ahead of time is endless. Breakfast burritos, cookies, fruit, granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, muffins, vegetables and soups are just a few of the items you can prepare ahead of time.
You can spend one day a month cooking enough food for every school day that month. Freezer cooking saves time and will leave you feeling good that all of the snacks and school lunches are prepared for the month.
Here are a list of supplies that are helpful when preparing snacks and lunches ahead of time.
- Ziplock bags
- Freezer bags
- Mason jars
- Insulator to keep food cold