So, Eban has been back to school for several weeks now and this year I decided that I was going to adopt an “I’m going to be extra prepared this year” attitude. I think we’ve hit the nail on the head with being prepared and foods like these #ChileanEasyPeelers have been making our school routine so simple.
Out With The Old Routine
Last year our morning routine was rather…hectic, to say the least. I’d wake at 6am, have to make sure Aaron was ready for work as well as getting myself and Eban ready. Lunches to be made, clothes to be ironed and breakfast to be had by all.
I was useless at being organised so rather than do it all the night before I’d do it that morning, often resulting in us rushing out the door.
What Has Changed?
Mostly me. I’ve become a little more organised and making sure everything is done the night before. Uniforms are ironed beforehand, Aaron now gets home at 6.45 each morning (switched to night shifts) so he’s able to offer a hand rather than spending the first part of the morning getting himself ready.
I’ve streamlined lunches so they’re either little prep or made the night before and kept in the fridge. Here are a few school lunch tips I’ve picked up:
Prepare The Night Before
Most meals can be prepared the night before, some even days before. I was so bad at doing this. No matter how many times I said I’d do it I just didn’t. 10pm rolled in and it was bedtime.
Nothing Wrong With Leftovers
Some meals I will purposely make more so it can then go to school with Eban. Pasta is a great one for this, I cook up a huge batch then portion some into his lunchbox and store it in the fridge.
It Doesn’t Have To Look Fancy
I saw all these wonderful bento-box lunches flooding my Facebook feed and it gave me mum envy. I wanted Eban to have the best, most healthy and exciting lunches in the school. He doesn’t care about things like that and by the time it comes to lunch his box has been thrown about so much that it makes no difference how it started.
I Love Easy Food
I favour foods that can just be thrown into his box, such as the #ChileanEasyPeelers we were sent recently. Eban’s favourite lunch is a “picky tea” so sticks of veg, fruit, crackers and such; things that can be sliced or just chucked in his lunch. He also likes to eat leftovers as we walk home from school. Foods like this are great for afterschool snacks too.
We’ve loved having these #ChileanEasyPeelers to eat at home. They were super easy to peel (hence the name) and they taste great as well as being healthy, a great source of water to keep hydrated and a good provider of vitamins and minerals.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee.