It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning.
Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response was overwhelming. This is obviously a hot button topic for you. I have loved reading the personal comments and notes of gratitude for creating a tool that makes that daily task easier.
But it left me thinking. . . are you putting as much thought and care into YOUR own lunch as you do your child’s? Or are you off and running, finding yourself too busy to stop for even a cup of yogurt until it’s time for them to hop off the bus at the end of the day? Do you find yourself starving and ransacking the pantry around 2 pm? (Or is that just me. . .)
This year, why not focus a little more closely on your own plate. As long as you are thinking ahead and planning for their lunch, save yourself some time and stress and plan yours too!
I hope you’ll enjoy these 5 great suggestions for mom lunches. There is only 1 sandwich on the list and everything can be made in advance and nibbled off of all week. (Except for the sandwich which only takes minutes to pull together.)
Which one looks like it could be your new favorite?
1. Tuscan chicken soup: I love to make a big batch of this and nibble off it all week. Super easy to leave out the chicken if you’re looking for a vegetarian option!
2. Quick and spicy shrimp: This dish is so easy you could honestly make it fresh for lunch but leftovers are great too. Don’t be afraid to double it. For those super busy days just pair this with some fresh pita or naan and some salad greens.
3. Mustard glazed salmon with arugula and citrus salad: If you prepare enough salmon, you can enjoy cold leftovers for 2-3 days. I love to lightly shred the fish into large chunks and serve right on the salad greens. (But store them in the fridge separately!!)
4. Eat the rainbow salad: A wonderful approach to eating a wide variety of produce. You could also name this “clear the fridge salad!” Store everything separately and mix unique combos each day of the week.
5. Grilled ham, pear, arugula, and havarti: Otherwise known as a Grown Up Grilled Cheese. Keep those ingredients on hand and the sandwich comes together in just a minute. It is my favorite fall sandwich ever and I love that it sneaks in a bunch of things my kids would absolutely scream if they found tucked into their own grilled cheese. Mommy food for the win!
Check out this sticker pad for mealtime fun:
Tiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. She encourages you to develop everyday possibilities for stretching your creativity while doing what you do to keep that household running!
Taking Care of You
We know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and reading good-night stories. As parents, we instinctively put our children’s needs first. We prioritize their health and their happiness above our own.
It’s time to step back and look at the whole picture. You need to take care of you FOR THEM. You are the only one who can give your child a happy parent who enjoys life. What a wonderful gift!
We know that Taking Care of You is easier said than done. So, throughout the summer, we’ll continue to share weekly posts with simple, easy, unique ideas to keep you inspired. In this special series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical, real-life advice on how to:
- Focus on your own well-being
- Make healthy eating simple + enjoyable
- Build exercise into your family routine
- …and more!
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