how to get your kids to pack their own lunches

Many thanks to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to share fun solutions for my kids’ lunches!

When my 7 year old was much younger, I LOVED making her lunches.  It was fun and I was always trying to be creative.  Nowadays, it has just become a chore — but — we have crossed into this amazingly wonderful new phase.  My 7 year old now packs her own lunches!  She is in charge of picking out what she wants — as long as it follows my nutritional rules.  Sure, I still do the finalizing and I make the entrees and prep veggies for her ahead of time, but she packs it away.  I still slip a little note in her lunchbox because, well it’s sweet.

I like to keep all of her options in one drawer of the fridge, so mornings are easy packin’.  I switch out the contents depending on which produce is in season, etc, but always have prepped vegetables, fruits, yogurts and cheese sticks.  I like to keep it interesting, so I am always looking for other items to spice up the cold selection.

Drinks are a must and my daughter’s favorite right now is Fruit Shoot.  She loves the flavors and also the ability to close it up and save for later.  A juice box cannot be saved, so this style is a much better option — less mess as well!  Big kid drinks for my big kid lunch-packer.

fruit shoot review in_the_know_mom #fuelyourimagination

Here is a lunch my daughter packed for today, notice she snuck in an Easter treat!  I think she did a pretty good job.  Learning from a young age to create nutritionally balanced meals is a lifelong skill that will hopefully set her up for good dietary habits down the road.

kid packed lunch in_the_know_mom #fuelyourimagination

Of course there also must be a pantry station with crackers, nuts, dried fruits, cereal bars, apple sauce… whatever snacks you have that week.  Remember, switch it up to keep kids interested! It is super fun for them as each morning it is like they do their own shopping!  Plus, kids love to be in control, and it’s something we should embrace – autonomy!

For added inspiration, check out my Instagram feed this week for fun and nutritious packed lunch options. I’m really excited to share these ideas with you guys, the first one being inspired by Mexico! Follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss it!

Prior to Fruit Shoot, I always packed those pouch drinks.  Sometimes they are a giant mess, they are a one-time shot and, for some reason, my daughter always loses the straws! (Am I alone on that one?)  So I love the packaging of Fruit Shoot and my daughter loves the taste.  They are the perfect size for a kid’s lunchbox and have a no spill cap.  Perfect for kids of all ages, Fruit Shoot contains no fructose corn syrup — real fruit juice with filtered water — and no added sugar or flavorings.  Guilt-free, tasty hydration.

fruit shoot review in_the_know_mom

There are many retailers of Fruit Shoot, Walmart and Kroger being two.  I found mine in Southern California at Ralph’s.  At my local spot I found orange, berry burst, and strawberry/raspberry — but I also hear there is an apple!

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  1. April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Great tips, I need to start doing this with my kids! Having pre-packed snacks at a handy reach in the fridge helps a ton!

  2. April 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    I love your lunchbox station! What a unique idea. I keep seeing that juice! I’m going to have to add it to my shopping list.

  3. April 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    You aren’t alone – my boys are always losing the straws! This looks like a great lunch alternative drink.

  4. April 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Can I tell you how much I love that there is no added sugar or HFCS. I think my daughter would love Fruit Shoot. Strawberry/raspberry sounds delicious!

  5. April 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    I love the idea of a lunch box station! I bet my son would be thrilled to make his own choices like this.

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