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back-to-school lunchbox heroes { #rockthelunchbox }

Here we are!  It’s back to school and I bet your mornings are jam-packed with lunchbox assembly… or maybe you are one of those smarties who pack the night before.  There are many options out there, but not all are good.  Healthier options do exist, even for the pickiest of eaters, even in packaged form.  I’m sharing my daughter’s recent lunches that will keep any kiddo happy (meaning they won’t be trading it for candy).  This Rock the Lunchbox post is brought to you by the amazing brands you hear about below (in the form of samples).

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School has just begun but are your kids already experiencing lunchbox boredom? Most parents express their challenges as finding desirable items their kids want to eat but that will keep well until lunch.  Yes — tricky.  An easy option?  Foods, snacks and beverages from these four trusted natural companies: Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley, Stonyfield Farm and Honest Tea Kids.

Individual packs are great for portion control. With the childhood obesity rates in this country, it is majorly apparent that children are eating too much.  Snack foods, no matter how natural, should be very limited in a child’s diet.  Snack packs are a great way to regulate you kids’ snacking at school, and set them up with good habits — just make sure to remind them to recycle!

This is my daughter’s lunch today as we head off to homeschool co-op, a perfect mix of fresh with packaged goodies: Organic Valley 1% milk, turkey and Havarti sandwich with carrot slices, fresh navel orange wedges, multi-grain cereal, Stonyfield Farm YoKids Squeezers cherry yogurt and Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks… because every kid needs a sweet treat!

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This was friday’s lunch featuring Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar, fresh strawberries and blueberries and Annie’s Bunny Grahams.  For beverage she had her favorite lunchbox find – Honest Kids Berry Berry Good Lemonade, and that tiny box houses her vitamins I forgot to give her in the morning.

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There is a big desire for moms to pack really creative and yummy lunches (just have a glance at Pinterest), but I’ve found my daughter likes things pretty simple.  Focus on creating a main meal that your kids will eat, one that gives them fuel for the day.  Supplement with seasonal produce and pop in a nice treat like those from Annie’s and Stonyfield Farm.  Yummy drinks like those from Organic Valley (hey, they also have awesome cheese as well) and Honest Kids (wow, these are a hit) also perk up a boring lunch.

Get ready to go back to school with lunchbox ideas and coupons from brands including Honest Kids, Stonyfield Farm, Organic Valley and Annie’s Homegrown at www.rockthelunchbox.com.  Have awesome ideas of your own?  Share how you pack a healthy school lunch and be entered into a giveaway!

Product was provided by aforementioned brands to facilitate this giveaway; all opinions are 100% my own.

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3 Comments

  1. Holly S.
    September 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    I’m trying to be more creative now, but usually it is a sandwich, a fruit or veggie, and a V8 juice box.
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  2. Addison Kat
    September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am — Reply

    My daughter has crackers, cheese, salami, grapes and ants on a log in her lunchbox today! I always try to include a fruit and vegetable with my daughter’s lunches to try to make them healthy.

  3. Kimberlie
    September 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    I try to mix things up once in a while to keep them the boys from getting bored. Most days they get a meat and cheese sandwich, apple slices, carrot sticks and a bottle of water, but I like to make a homemade lunchable of slices of meat and cheese with crackers, grapes, and celery with peanut butter. One of my sons likes bagel with cream cheese and the other likes PB&J, so that is another way to spice things up. Fresh fruit and veggies are a must.

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