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Kids are getting back into the school routine, which means parents are getting back into the routine of packing their kids’ lunches. A lot of parents might think of it as a chore, and a lot of kids might think of eating it as a chore too. However, fitness trainer and mom of 3, Breeze Kenny, has six tips to freshen up the ol’ sack lunch.

Tip #1: Store Food in Fridge in Clear Containers.

Breeze says you’ll be more likely to eat food when you see it in the refrigerator. That’s why she says to store food in the refrigerator in clear containers. She also says if you wash, cut and store vegetables right when you come home from the grocery store, you’ll save time when you pack them in your child’s lunch.

Tip #2: Use ‘The Bento Box’

Breeze says to put your kids lunch on display by packing it in a bento box, or Tupperware container with compartments. She says kids like to see what they’re going to eat all at once. Plus, Breeze says it’s easier for them to grab and eat.

Tip #3: Get Creative and Let The Kids Help

Instead of a sandwich, Breeze makes sandwich skewers. She cuts up bread, cheese and meat, and the kids help put the pieces on skewers. Breeze says big sandwiches can be intimidating for her kids and that the skewers are a fun way to present the food.

Tip #4: Add Color

Breeze says your child will get more nutrients if they eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. For example, she says packing a mixture of fruit will give your child more nutrients than just apple slices.

Tip #5: Keep Lunch Fresh With An Ice Pack

According to Breeze, fresher food has more nutrients. She says if you go to the trouble to make a nutritious lunch, take the extra step and add an ice pack into their insulated lunch bags. It can be especially important if you know your child’s lunch will be sitting out un-refrigerated for hours.

Tip #6: Pack Lunches At Night

Preparing ahead is vital. Breeze packs her childrens’ lunches the night before, so that there is one less thing to do in the morning.

Not every parent has their lunch packing game down like Breeze Kenny, but adopting just one or two of her tips can make mornings easier and your kids healthier.

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