My current opinion on this throw back 12 years ago when my kids where 14, 12, 11,& 10.
This doesn't seem like quite a lot of food but I remember always making homemade goodies for my kids and they would trade for packaged foods. Cole was known to sell his lunch. Now when I see their friends they tell stories of the great peanut butter balls they would trade their packaged granola bars for. Despite our early food struggles I am happy to report my kids are all concerned about eating healthy and two of them cook quite a bit. No one is really picky anymore either. Looking back as a mom of a now 26, 23, 22, and 22 year old here is my advice to you moms out there, relax, do your best, they won't starve and they won't die if they trade or sell your homemade lunch for processed crap. And teach those kids to pack their own dang lunchbox!
Snacks and lunch box options for the frugal. Weekends can be tough around here with four kids. Mondays are always welcome. The house looks like a tornado came through but it is quite now after the storm.
Weekday mornings make me wish my kids ate school lunches. I understand the desire to buy overpriced juice boxes and Lunchables. Packing lunches is time consuming and difficult on those of us who aren't morning people. My kids are picky. I am always looking for new and easy ideas for lunch boxes.
Today's lunch bag.
Nutty Bar: On sale so I made an exception
Juicy Juice box : These are an example of my falling off the wagon.
Homemade Peanut Honey balls
Refillable bottle of water.
Today's frugal tips (also environmentally friendly) include a lunch box, snack recipe.
1. Peanut Honey Balls:
1/2 C. Honey
1 C.Peanut Butter
1 C. Dried Milk
1/2 to 1 C.Oatmeal (Quick or slow cooking)
You may add chocolate chips
Roll in dried coconut or sunflower seeds.
Mix first four ingredients add chocolate or carob chips if using. Using wax paper or a plate roll in coconut or sunflower seeds if you choose.
We like them frozen served with milk.
2. Avoid individually packaged anything as often as possible. I cave occasionally but for the most part buy very little processed food. Use plastic ware or yogurt containers to pack food. Throw in a cloth napkin.
3. Ideas for lunch boxes:
Homemade cookies or muffins
Sliced fresh or canned fruit
Sandwiches that won't spoil try using bagels, tortillas, and crackers
Pretzels, popcorn, rice or popcorn cakes
Homemade pudding, jello or yogurt
Homemade bread or bread sticks, fruit and/or nut breads
Milk, juice or water in a reusable bottle
I was born into frugality, simple living and I love it. It is fun for me, challenging and gratifying to feel that I can care for myself and my family because of my resourcefulness. For most of my life I've been on the simple living path. Here I share with you tips, ideas and musings from my life in hopes that it will encourage you.