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Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Kids, Healthy Lunches

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Call me crazy, but I love having my boys home for a looooong summer.  Sending them Back to School fills me with nerves and excitement, and while my boys are away at school all day, I want them to know that I'm thinking of them, that I love them, and that I can't wait for them to come home.  Seriously.  I miss them like crazy.
One way that I can show love to my boys while they are away for the school day is to pack them a healthy lunch that will keep them full and focused.  We are a High Fructose Corn Syrup-free home, so I pack healthy lunches while still trying to have our boys lunches "fit in" with the crowd.
I try to make packing lunches easy to prep, healthy to eat, and fun to look at (because that makes it exciting to eat, even though it's healthy, right?)

Here are 5 easy things I do to make school lunches healthy and fun.


1- I buy BPA-free reusable containers from Walmart that fit perfectly into my boys lunch boxes.  It saves on having to use so many toss-away plastic bags, and it helps keep their lunches from getting smashed.  Here's what they look like...
2- My boys like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, so I make them fresh every morning and cut them into fun shapes.  Or even just little squares with the crust cut off because they're easier for little hands to pick up and eat this way.  Even though these look like ordinary PB & J, I make sure to buy all of my ingredients without High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Plus I use natural organic peanut butter and organic jelly.
3- Pack in the fruit any way I can!  Usually my boys complain that they don't have enough time to eat a whole apple or other whole fruit, but they always have time for a quick pouch of Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers.  With 1 1/2 servings of fruit per container, these squeezable pouches are a great way for kids to get their daily fruit servings in while at school.
4- Quick to grab "side dishes" of pretzels and baby carrots {or crackers and grapes, or celery and peanut butter} are great alternatives to a bag of greasy chips and cookies. 
5- Cute containers!  When I put food for the boys in fun little containers like these {cupcake liners, little baking cups, little drinking cups, etc.} the boys gobble it all up.  Kids like "kid-size" packaging, but that doesn't mean that I have to buy into buying "kid" food that is generally made with poor ingredients.
Ahhh, I'm sending my boys Back to School next week and they are SO excited to meet their new teachers, and reconnect with friends.  And I'm so happy to see them growing and developing their own personalities and their own wings to fly with... but I'll miss them!  I printed out this photo of them that I took on the last day of school in June with a fun border at Walmart last week for FREE to hang on the fridge.  And when I picked up my FREE photo, it came with a coupon for $1 off 2 Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers... a win-win for me! 
Right now until September 13th in select Walmart Super Centers and while supplies last, you can print your own photo of your kids for FREE and get your $1 off 2 packages of either Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers or Del Monte Fruit Cups too!  Just bring in your phone with the picture you would like printed, or send your picture to Walmart to get printed as a 5x7 with a Back to School border.  When you pick up your picture, you should see the Del Monte coupon enclosed. 
For more information about Del Monte, visit their website here.  Happy Back to School Time!  

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