My Favorite So Far:
I think the adult lunchables are probably my favorite lunch preps so far. They are quick and easy to make, versatile, and they taste delicious. There is no specific recipe for making this lunch and how healthy they are depends on what is actaually packed in them. Fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and good quality meats are going to be healthier than cookies, bologna , and candy. The boxes pictured above have sliced ham, mixed fruit, cheese, carrots, celery, and hummus.
How I F*d Up:
First, I bought the wrong amount of food. Buying too much food will spoil before eaten, not enough food and you’ll go hungry. One of the classic dinner sliced half hams is plenty for ten boxes. I bought three. However, I was able to freeze the extra hams for future use.
Second, I used crackers the first time I made one of these. While some people may have airtight containers, mine are not, so the crackers were stale after one night in the fridge. To fix this, I traded in the crackers for pita bread sliced into triangles the next time.
Third, to save time, I used a premade fruit salad from the grocery store. The fruit in these are typically not as fresh to begin with, and you won’t always get the ratio you want. I think I got maybe two grapes out of the whole package, and they were squishy. If you don’t mind the fruit not being fresh and don’t care how many grapes you have, this might be a great option. However, I prefer taking a little bit extra time to prepare my own fruit salad so I can make it how I want. Also, mixed berries are quick and don’t require any cutting, peeling, or prepping. A lot of my meals will have a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, which are all full of nutrients and antioxidants, and are an important part to a balanced diet.
Suggestions for Improvement:
It can take a few tries to figure out how much food is needed to prep the correct amount of boxes. Documenting the amount of food actually used can help determine how much is needed next time. Any excess foods can be frozen or eaten as healthy snacks later. I like to keep stocks of mixed nuts in the cabinets to use in the lunches in case I didn’t buy enough food. Also, If the food is not being stored in an airtight container, avoid anything that may go stale quickly. Or package it in seperate airtight containers. Finally, determine what’s more important, saving time or fresh fruit. Then decide to either use a premade fruit salad, or make one.