Ugh…I seriously cannot believe school is less than 2 weeks away. Where has the summer gone? This realization has forced me to get into the “Back To School” mode which has also gotten me thinking about healthy lunches and snacks for my boys. We pack lunches almost daily, and I want to fill their lunchboxes with healthy foods that THEY WILL EAT. There is nothing I hate more than wasting food. I can pack the healthiest lunches around but if my kids are going to throw it in the trash, what is the point…right?
Now that my boys are older (ages 7 & 9) they firmly express their likes and dislikes with me – YAY! No, really – I like it because they can be apart of the decision making when it comes to family dinners, healthy lunches and afternoon snacks. Buying organic can be expensive and I don’t have any problem spending the extra cash because I know it’s healthier for them, but I don’t want it to go to waste. Here are a few tried and true tricks back to school tips I’ve come up with throughout the years to insure that my boys eat healthy foods they like.
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GIVE CHOICES – I meal plan on Sunday for the week and then grocery shop. I ask each of the boys what are some items they would like for lunch and snack. I give them ideas (to jog their memory) and they know to make healthy choices.
HELP PREPARE - I feel any child of school or preschool age can help in the kitchen. By making them involved in the planning and preparing process of any meal they will be apt to eat the meal……because you’ve made them in charge (within your boundaries).
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX - Encourage your children to take leftovers to school, some of our favorites are pasta and soups. Lunch doesn’t need to be a sandwich everyday – even though both of my boys drew sandwiches – LOL! You can put some hummus/pita together, cheese/crackers or even french toast or pancakes. Applegate Farms and Annie’s now have these cool lunch and snack kits that you can pack when you are running late or if you are out of town and a babysitter or hubby is handling lunch. I know so many dads that make lunch everyday for their kids, but not mine so these would be perfect!
I was recently given a cool #RocktheLunchbox kit to share with my kids. I love the Laptop Bento Box because everything is in one spot. My kids take their own snacks so I can use one box to hold everything – lunch and snacks! I also love the Blue Avocado Reusable Lunch Bag which is perfect for travel too. The bags come in different sizes that are great for snacks or sandwiches.
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Disclosure – I was asked to participate in helping to spread the word about the rockthelunchbox.com program as part of my Yo-Getter partnership with Stonyfield. I received coupons and lunchbox items pictured in the post. All opinions are my own.