The following list of “lunch box hacks” has been tested by a combination of the company’s culinary experts who developed unique ways parents can make lunch fun and stress-free with tasty options for even for the pickiest young eaters.
“I spend a lot of time inside the homes of families all over the country and tips for preparing a nutritious, easy and cost-effective lunch that kids want to eat is frequently asked for by consumers,” said Tanya Rodriguez, cultural anthropologist at Hormel Foods. “The list of hacks will make lunch fun for kids and offer a new variety of foods and flavors.”
Lunch Box Hacks
- Use a paper straw for a fun twist on a sandwich. Cut meat, cheese and bread into fun shapes with cookie cutters and slide the shapes onto the straw.
- Use waffles, pancakes or bagels instead of bread for a nice change of pace.
- Use a frozen Wholly Guacamole® mini as an ice pack to keep your lunch cold. It will be thawed by lunch time and you can dip your veggies or chips in the guacamole.
- Cut large CHI-CHI’S® flour tortillas with a small cookie cutter round to make mini tacos and then use silicone muffin liners to create a build your own taco bar.
- Place guacamole, salsa or peanut butter in the bottom of a jar, add veggies and cover with jar lid to save on containers.
- For PB&J sandwiches, put the peanut butter on both slices of bread. It keeps the jelly from seeping into the bread of the sandwich and getting soggy by lunchtime. Or for a fun twist on the PB&J, check out the new SKIPPY® P.B. Fruit Bites.
- Use muffin liners to keep foods separate in lunch boxes. Silicone muffin liners work especially well.
- Wrap a cheese stick with meat and a tortilla then slice it for a new twist on a sandwich.
- Build a salad in a disposable beverage glass. Place a fork through the cut out in the lid for a salad on the go.
- Write secret messages on bananas. Use a toothpick to write the message like I heart U or U R Beautiful or U R GR8.