Packing your kids a healthy lunch is one of the best things you can do for them to support them through their day. But it can be hard to keep everything fresh and tasty when trying to pack in a hurry each morning.
One way to ensure your kids get something they like every time is to pack them chicken nuggets – it is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Chicken nuggets are a great lunch staple because they’re easy to pack, and kids love them. They also come in healthy options that can be served with a vegetable or two for an even healthier meal—chicken nuggets aren’t always the processed, deep-fried food we often think of! In fact, you can even get your child to eat their vegetables if you hide them in their homemade nuggets.
However, some people are worried about keeping these kinds of foods warm enough over their commute or school day. This is a valid concern, as chicken nuggets are made with real food, often fried, and can get soggy or cold if they’re not kept at the right temperature—especially when they’re kept in cold classrooms for hours on end. Luckily, there are several ways to keep your child’s chicken nuggets warm during the day.
After reading this article, hopefully, you’ll never have another issue with sending your child off into the world with cold food again.Give your kids portable meals they enjoy
Most kids are picky eaters. That’s a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, parents have an advantage when it comes to packing lunches: kids want what they see other kids eating—and they want it in the form of something familiar and easy.
When packing your child’s lunch at home, give them their favorite chicken nuggets (whether they’re homemade or not) and add fun items like stickers or paper toys so that their lunches aren’t just boring old PBJs daily. This is also a great way for you as parents to get creative. If you’re unsure what your child will like, ask them. You can even create a “menu” to allow them to choose their lunches. Kids will feel special when they choose what goes into their lunch boxes—and it’s a great way to learn about healthy eating habits.
While you’re at it, pack healthy snacks with a variety of textures and flavors, too. If your child is a truly picky eater, it pays to pack different snacks they can graze on throughout the day. Try packing some fun finger foods like cheese cubes or cucumber slices with hummus for dipping. You could also pack an apple for them to eat later in the afternoon if you know there isn’t much time between lunch and dinner.
So whether you’re sending your kid off with his bagged lunch or preparing him something special before he goes off to school each morning, remember that kids like what they see other kids eating.Prepare other foods that keep better for longer
If you’ve decided to pack a sandwich, pizza, rice, or pasta for your child’s lunch alongside chicken nuggets, try packaging it in a small container with a lid. Make sure the container is large enough so the food can’t spill out of it while traveling, and label the outside of the container with what’s inside. If your child likes macaroni and cheese or frozen foods like hotdogs or fish sticks, consider packing them in separate containers. The last thing you want is these foods to get mixed up with your other packed lunches.Invest in a good thermos
Thermoses can be used to store more than just hot soup. Thermoses are a great investment if you like to make homemade lunches and have trouble keeping the food warm. You can use them to store leftovers or use them on their own to keep your food warm until lunchtime. A thermos is also a good way for children who bring lunch to school who don’t want their food getting cold before lunchtime.
If you want a thermos, look for one made of stainless steel. This material will keep your food hot or cold for hours and won’t transfer any odors or flavors to your food. You may consider buying a double-walled thermos to keep the heat inside and prevent your hand from getting burned by touching its outer wall.Tips for packing your chicken nuggets
- Don’t put your nuggets in a plastic bag. If you have to pack your chicken nuggets in a bag, make sure it’s a paper one. Plastic bags can cause the nuggets to go soggy when sitting out for lunch at school.
- Don’t put them directly on the bottom of your lunch box. Putting them in an insulated lunch container or bento box will help keep them hot and prevent the sogginess from being stored in an enclosed space with other foods (like yogurt).
- Don’t pack them at the top of your lunch box or another container where they’ll be exposed to heat from other items like soup or hot chocolate—or even sitting under a heating lamp for too long during lunchtime. It’s better if they’re stored somewhere cooler so their temperature stays consistent throughout the day without getting too cold or warm before eating time comes around.
You may be surprised to learn that you can keep chicken nuggets in a thermos, but it’s true.
There are a few ways that this can work. The first way is by heating up the thermos before packing your lunch. Add boiling water from the tap, then put the lid back on and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This creates heat from convection—the same thing when hot food rises through cold air in a pot.
Another method involves using wet paper towels inside both compartments of your thermos. Wetting down the paper towel will help prevent condensation from forming inside your container (which would make things wet). Then place one wet paper towel at least partially covering each compartment by wrapping it around the opening, so no air gets in between layers of plastic—this will create insulation for keeping things warm. If you want even more insulating power, try adding another layer with two new dry towels on top of each other (or even two used ones).What is the best type of nuggets to pack for school lunches?
If you’re looking to pack a little more than just chicken nuggets for lunch, here are some ideas:
- Chicken nuggets with a dip. You can choose from several dips, such as ranch dressing or honey mustard sauce. Once the dip is opened and packed in your child’s lunchbox, it will need to be stored separately. To avoid drips and spills that could ruin other items in their lunch boxes, keep the dip in its own container or baggie, so it doesn’t leak into any other food containers or bags.
- Chicken nuggets with fruit. If your child likes fruit (or if you want them to eat more of it), packing applesauce or grapes alongside the chicken nuggets makes it easy to get them into eating both during one sitting—and at school. Leather fruit is also an option, and a great substitute for processed and overly sugary fruit roll-ups.
- Chicken nuggets with vegetables. Like applesauce goes well with chicken nuggets, so do carrots and celery sticks. A small packet of ranch dressing also makes an excellent complement; just be sure not to close up your child’s bag until after they’ve all been eaten.
- Chicken nuggets with a sandwich. You can put it in any kind of sandwich, but if your child doesn’t like mayonnaise or mustard on them, try ketchup instead. Alternatively, if they like cheese on their sandwiches—and you don’t mind the mess it makes—then add some slices to their lunchbox along with the chicken nuggets.
If you have a thermal lunch bag or even a lunch tote, that’s a great way to keep food warm. The same goes for plastic containers—you can buy them at the dollar store, and they’re reusable.
If you don’t have any of these things, then you can use aluminum foil to wrap around your food. The heat from the food will warm up the metal, which will help keep other foods warm. If your child doesn’t like hot food, this is a great way to keep their lunch cool without refrigerating it.
When it comes to packing a lunch, nuggets are an easy option. They’re delicious and come in various flavors, so they’re sure to please everyone in your family. The best part is that nuggets are easy to pack, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything. Also, if you need something for the kids returning from school, this is a great option—they’re portable and can be eaten without utensils. Make sure you have plenty on hand before packing lunches for the week; if you have leftovers, they can be stored in the freezer until next time.