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Back to School Blues Plus a School Lunch Printable

kids, recipesMorgan Taber3 Comments
The end of Summer is officially here for my family. I have very mixed emotions about this. My daughter started high school this year, which I am having a wee bit of a hard time coping with. High school. It's hard for me to even say it, let alone process the reality of it. Time moves too fast, I need a pause button.

They look thrilled, don't they?

First of all: not two days into the school year and my husband has strep throat. Fact: kids are walking germ factories. On the bright side, my kids were both dreading the return to school, but are both loving it so far.
Hopefully your school year started (or will start) better than ours. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ideas on my kid's school lunches. At the beginning of the year I am super Martha Stewart, packing awesome unique lunches. As the year goes on this momentum dwindles drastically. Beginning of the school year lunch: slow roasted prime rib, shaved and finished with a balsamic reduction on a ciabatta roll. Served with a fresh squeezed pomegranate juice (just a little exaggeration here). End of the school year lunch: dry cereal in a baggie with a Capri Sun. No napkin. Which I usually have to run to the school at lunch time, because they forgot to bring it. This year, I'm keeping it real and consistent from the beginning. 
If you don't know by now, I am obsessed with cheat sheets. They are there for you when your too tired to think straight or when you are just out of ideas and need a little help. Here is a little cheat sheet that I stuck to my fridge to help me map out my kid's lunches depending on what I have on hand.

Choose one from each category, double up the fruit and veggies instead of a snack, skip dessert. Do whatever works for your little germ factories!

I usually pack a main course, a drink, a fruit or vegetable and a dessert. Packing a complete meal not only helps keep your kids full for the rest of the school day, but studies have shown that well fed kids do better at school.

Do you have any tips for starting the school year off on the right foot? I'd love to hear them! Please share your ideas or your own blog posts in the comments!