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You will receive your first weekly plan via email within an hour after signing up. After that, you will receive one plan per week on Thursday mornings. Your lunch plan will be emailed to the address you supplied at checkout. All you need to do is click on the button and the meal plan
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Lunch Unpacked’s nutrition criteria has been developed by
a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and adapted from recommendations of
the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For
each age group, we seek to provide portions to meet the energy needs of an average child. However, energy needs for kids within age categories vary; so, it's okay to reduce portion sizes if you find your child requires less food, or add an additional snack if your child requires more.
The guidelines we use for our menus are not intended to
take the place of medical advice. Please consult with a
medical professional prior to using our subscription meal planning service
because we are not a replacement for medical professionals, we do not employ clinical medical professionals,
and we are not providing medical advice.
Our goal is to offer
wholesome meal plans with mainly fresh foods. For convenience, we also include
nutrient-rich frozen and minimally processed foods. To make the meals fun and tasty for kids, we may include up to one
item per day that is significantly processed (such as pretzels or pea crisp
snacks). When significantly processed foods are included, we will often offer a fresh
alternative. We recommend selecting foods that are free of artificial ingredients.
We keep Sunday Prep to under 20 minutes of active prep and weekdays to under 10 minutes. We offer shortcuts to reduce Sunday Prep for ultra busy weeks. Please note that this does not
include clean up time. Cooking for more than one child will
also increase the active prep time.
If your children are in the same age group, buy one plan.
The shopping list and recipe prep accounts for up to three children.
If your children are in different age groups, we
recommend buying the Preschool plan. The Preschool plan address choking hazards and has slightly smaller portions. You can always scale up slightly when packing for your school-aged child.
Buying two plans is unnecessary and can be annoying to juggle. Trust me, I've tried it!
There are a few differences. First, the portion sizes in the preschool version are smaller to account for the lower caloric needs among the two- to four-year-old age group. Second, we exclude choking hazards and provide direction on how to limit choking risk while preparing the meals. Finally, though the food is largely the same between the two plans, we often show the components separated in the preschool version to account for little ones' general desire to eat single foods instead of mixtures.
Yes, for the most part. All the meals have been tested after being packed and refrigerated
overnight. For items we intend to be served warm, we recommend you rewarm it in the morning and pack in an insulated container.
Our plans include substitutions for both nuts and dairy products.
At this time, we do not offer plans for more specialty diets like gluten-free,
vegetarian, or vegan. If you are interested in us adding plans for specialty
diets, shoot us an email at hello@lunchunpacked and let us know.
We wanted to allow for the meal flexibility that weekends
typically bring. Whether it be dining out, preparing lunch together, or eating
at grandma’s, we assumed that families don’t need as much meal planning on the
weekend. Weekends are also an opportunity to use up any extra ingredients you
may have from the week.
Hopefully! We know kids can be picky, especially when it comes to new foods. In our “Welcome
Guide,” we offer several strategies for parents of picky eaters to help their
kids adjust to our menus – keep in mind it can take kids awhile to adapt to new
foods and flavors. Try our Free Trial or sign up for our Monthly Plan to see if our
plans will work for you and your child.
In the Preschool plans, we have reduced choking hazards by not including large chunks of meat, cheese, or vegetables,
whole nuts, whole grapes or cherry tomatoes, and popcorn. But you know your
child best and you should use your judgment when packing your child’s lunch.
food waste helps save money and protect the environment. We use several
strategies to minimize food waste, including:
Smart shopping lists. Our shopping lists show you the exact quantity of ingredients
you need which prevents the purchase of impulse items and overbuying.
Appropriate portion sizes. Portion sizes are appropriately planned for kids in two different
age categories. However, energy needs for kids within these age categories can still vary; so, it's okay to adjust if your child requires slightly less food.
“Enjoy the Extras!” tips. We routinely offer suggestions for how to use up extra ingredients, whether it
be freezing peeled bananas for smoothies or using leftover marinara sauce for
Friday night pizza making.
Food storage tips. We often give guidance on how long extra ingredients can last in the
refrigerator or freezer to help you avoid throwing it away.
Reuse of ingredients. We try to reuse perishable ingredients several times throughout the
week to limit excess.
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