Has it hit you yet? Are the pencils sharpened? Is your minivan ready? You’ve got this; it’s the First Day of School.
There is always excitement and nerves the night before, whether you’re headed to kindergarten or college. The supply list has been shopped, shoes are sitting in anticipation next to the door, but there’s one thing looming: lunch.
Packing a lunchbox can be an uninspiring experience if you don’t have access to a microwave or toaster oven. Cold lunches don’t have to limit your opportunities to be creative when there’s so many options to keep it fresh and delicious. With a bountiful box of goodies from local Texas producers, your lunchbox can be teeming with clean, locally sourced foods that inspire and feed the brain. Read on for tips on how to build a better lunchbox!
Win the Week with a Perfectly Packed Meal
Go For Bento
With perfectly portioned sections, Bento-style lunchboxes provide an easy guide for a balanced lunch. The Japanese-style box would traditionally be filled with items like rice, proteins, and pickled vegetables, but with these boxes popping up in stores across America, anybody can eat bento! Use the larger section to focus on lean proteins and the smaller sections for fruits, vegetables, dairy, or even a sweet treat.
Chop Your Bushel
Disregarding any scientific proof, we think it’s pretty much proven that if fruits and veggies are pre-chopped, we are more likely to eat them. At the beginning of your week, or maybe when your bushel arrives, take an hour or two to wash and chop some of the lunch-friendly veggies like cucumbers and carrots. Plus, check out this cool way on how to cut and apple for a lunchbox, but prevent it from browning! In the same idea, individual cheese sticks are a simple way to get more dairy in your diet at lunchtime. We like Full Quiver Farms Raw Colby Cheese Sticks, pre-cut (not mechanically manufactured) for simple portion control.
We just can’t lie, a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the stuff of dreams. Get this: the most hyper local sandwich you could ever imagine– awesomeness to a whole other level. We are talking Home Plate Creamy Peanut Butter, Confituras Texas Peach Preserves, and GFY Gluten Free Sandwich Bread; the ultimate Texas-sourced PB&J. “For me, the perfect PB&J includes a nice thick layer of natural style peanut butter, my current favorite jam crush (which changes all the time, but anything peachy is perfect for summer!), and a generous sprinkle of sea salt, served open-face on whole grain toasted bread,” said Stephanie McClenny, local jam expert and owner of Confituras.
A Few Snacks & Treats
Some packaged foods are a great idea for those fast-paced mornings, as long as they don’t take up a majority of your lunchbox. A good, clean ingredient list is a must when it comes to pantry goods like bars or mixes. We are into Zax Snax Monkey Mix or Thunderkid Bars (New!). When you work your brain all morning, sometimes it’s hard to take the afternoon in stride. This is why you deserve a treat every so often, like a small sweet or Mill-King Chocolate Milk. Chocolate milk satisfies the cravings, but won’t weigh you down. Sweets that pack a punch of protein is only a double benefit!
What’s in your lunchbox? We’d love to see your photos on Instagram! Tag us @farmhousedelivery to engage with our team.