8 Quick Back to School Packed Lunch Hacks

Have a stress-free morning with these clever tricks for making a super speedy packed lunch during school mornings.

Quick Back to School Packed Lunch

1. Speedy Snacks

Cut down on morning indecision by pre-choosing snacks at the weekend. Arrange them in a hanging shoe organiser labelled with days of the week, so at leaving-the-house time it’s just grab and go.

2. Freeze Sandwiches

Sandwiches containing meat, cheese, tuna, jam or spreads can all be frozen ahead of time, saving valuable minutes during the morning rush. By lunchtime they’ll be defrosted and super fresh.

3. Reuse your Leftovers

Reduce waste and save prep time by giving your kids leftovers for lunch. Last night's couscous salad, homemade veggie pizza, fajitas or falafel make great alternatives to usual packed-lunch grub.

4. Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

Make sandwiches irresistible by using cookie cutters. Perfect for kids who hate crusts. Plus, all children know that eating something in the shape of a cat or a dinosaur makes it ten times yummier. Find out how to use up any leftover bread here.

5. Keep Apples Fresh

Stop apples from turning brown by pre-slicing an apple into wedges, putting the pieces back together and holding them in place with a rubber band. There’ll be no brown bits to nibble round come snack time.

6. Keep Drinks Cold

Freeze bottles of squash at the start of the week, then pop one in each lunchbox in the morning for an ice-cold refreshment all day. What’s more, it’ll keep the rest of lunch cool and fresh. For healthy smoothies, freeze an empty thermos overnight then pour your smoothie in before you leave to keep it cool until lunchtime.

7. Fish Rice Balls

To make fish more palatable to little ones, mask fishy smells by rolling chunks of fish in sticky sushi rice. Form into a ball using cling film, then keep in the fridge ready for the morning rush.

8. Fruit Salad

Sneak some of your kids' five-a-day into their lunchboxes by making a fruit salad in a small container. Squeeze some lemon juice into the box to help keep the fruit extra fresh and prevent it turning brown. It’ll keep in the fridge for a few days, so you can make a batch at the weekend.