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It’s been a bit of a weird summer for us.
After going on a last-minute beach vacation in Connecticut at the end of July, there was a fire in the building where Eve attends her coop. Thankfully it didn’t happen during coop hours nor was anyone hurt. However, there was a fair amount of smoke and soot in the building, so summer coop was canceled for most of August.
From one week to the next my childcare situation has changed, and while I’ve thankfully been able to keep up with my work thanks to Sam and his mom, my schedule and routine have been seriously out of whack for most of this summer.
I have never been a last-minute, goes-with-the-flow kinda person. And yet, I have had somehow made it work.
The one thing that has not worked for me? Packing lunches. As skilled as I am in this department, it is a chore I truly loathe, so I can’t say I miss it.
With our routine finally returning back to normal in just a few weeks, we’re heading toward back-to-school mode. That means eating more lunches at our coop or post-coop playground picnic lunches. I try to make lunch packing as painless as possible for me, which equates to leftovers when I have access to a microwave or something super simple if we’re headed for a picnic lunch.
With the combined powers of Justin’s Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Pouches and snack packs, as well as Stonyfield YoKids Organic Squeezers and a few other accoutrements, I have put together the ultimate snack attack survival kit lunch.
Sometimes even making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich feels like too much work in the morning, or I find we’re just lacking ingredients to make anything suitable for lunch. That’s when I turn to a handy snack-style lunch.
Crackers with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, a Stonyfield Squeezers yogurt, cheese stick, freeze-dried berries or dried fruit, and carrots dipped in hummus make for a ridiculously simple yet satisfying lunch. Throw in Justin’s snack pack with creamy chocolate hazelnut butter and pretzels for dessert and you have a picnic-worthly lunch ready to go in about three minutes.
I recommend packing it all in a Pack It Freezable Upright Lunch Bag.
These awesome lunch bags can be flattened down and chilled overnight in your freezer. No need to hunt around for a freezer pack as you scramble to get your family out of the house!
What is your ultimate lunch packing hack?