If you’re reading this on the day of publication then we’re likely either chugging along the Connecticut shoreline en route to my parents’ house—or else we’re running like maniacs through the corridors of Grand Central, bags flapping, children running amok, just trying our best to catch our train before it pulls out of the station. What’s very certain is we’re with two kids and both of them are suddenly hungry.
What’s a parent to do?
Well, if you’d taken a tip from me the last time we were on this train, it was to buy two packs of peanut M&M’s at Hudson News before barely making the train and calling it a day. (Not to worry: My kids ended up munching on a container of far healthier train snacks packed, unbeknownst to me, by their dad.) We can’t all be at the top of our game all of the time.
This time around we’re slightly better prepared, with neatly arranged snacks in neatly sectioned off stainless- steel lunchboxes. Planet Box sent these for us to try in anticipation of a new school year and in celebration of Plastic-Free July. Obviously I think they’re terrific. So neat! So organized!
Faye’s starting full-time public Pre-K in the fall (and Silas will also be enrolled in all-day out-of-the house childcare), which means our weekday lunchtime routine will shift a bit. If my M&M’s tale didn’t already convince you, I have no designs on claiming the title of champion lunch packer. Mornings are hard enough for me, without waking up at dawn to tuck handmade sushi rolls into lunchboxes. (I’ll leave that to my sweet internet-pal Kaity.) But I do hope to supply lunches that are healthy and nourishing, and most of all, that get eaten. What I know I’ll strive for mostly is simplicity. I won’t want their lunches to create a whole bunch of packaging waste or food waste, so the goal will be foods with a high likelihood of getting gobbled, a low-risk of getting tossed, and most of all, something that doesn’t require a special early wake-up or advanced knife skills to concoct.
In the spirit of solidarity, and because we could all likely use some inspiration, I thought it might be nice to gather lunch ideas from the hive mind. What are your favorite things to tuck into kiddo lunch boxes for meals on the go?