Like any family we like to go out on little day trips during the weekends. These excursions have made me a pro at packing snacks and lunches for my family. This is what a typical day’s worth of snacks and lunch looks like for my family.
I like to pack our own snacks for the following reasons:
- It’s cheaper. Packing your own food means that you won’t have to rely on concession stands, fast food places, or quick shops which can get very expensive. Have you ever gotten a lunch from the zoo or a museum? These can easily run each family member around $10 (and it’s never all that good).
- It’s reliable. I know what my family likes. When I pack the food, I am able to bring along food that my family will actually eat. Whenever I buy my kids food from a restaurant, there is a 50% chance that they won’t even eat it.
- It’ healthier. I am in total control of the food options for myself and my family when I pack the food. I pack us fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, healthy snack bars, etc. I know exactly how many calories are in the food that I pack. This makes sticking to my healthy eating so much easier.
Here is an awesome trick that I learned from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right:
Slice an apple before you leave the house for an outing. Then, wrap it in tinfoil to lessen the amount of browning that will occur.
I have found that my kids like to eat sliced apple more than a whole apple. So this tip has often saved me when packing my family’s snacks and lunches for the day.