By now most kids are back into the school routine of going to bed early, getting up and ready for school, homework, studying and activities. I’m sure most parents are back into their routines too – helping with homework, driving kids back and forth to games and activities and making sure the kids get enough sleep.
One of the most important things a parent can do is pack a healthy and delicious lunch for their child.
As a mom I was always making sure that my kids had enough foods to keep their tummies food and to help keep their minds on their classwork. Every lunch always included a protein, fruit, vegetable, water and a yummy treat. My kids also knew they should eat all their lunch BEFORE their treat. After all, I wouldn’t want their treat to fill them up and they don’t have room for the better-for-you foods.
I don’t have to make lunches for my kids much anymore (occasionally for my son). My kids are teenagers and can prepare their own lunch. My daughter is at college all day so she eats on campus. My son brings in lunch on occasion and since he doesn’t usually have time in the morning I often make lunch for him.
A lunch staple in my home is Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches. My kids love them, as does my husband. He often bring a PB&J for lunch too.
I recently had the opportunity to try some organic peanut butter and fruit spread from Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz products are organic. They are USDA Certified.
They sent me to review their Organic Peanut Butter to try out. Their peanut butter is made with certified USDA organic Spanish peanuts. They contain no hydrogenated oils, no added sugars and no artificial ingredients.
This is NOT your typical grocery store peanut butter. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that the oils tend to rest on top. That is what happens with freshly made peanut butter. Don’t let the oils turn you off. Simply stir the peanut butter and oil for a minute or two and everything will be mixed up perfectly leaving behind a smooth and creamy peanut butter.
I store the peanut butter in the fridge after opening it to maintain it’s freshness. I also store it upside down. It’s helps to keep the oil from forming on top.
This is not your typical peanut butter. It tastes different because it’s not made with a lot of ingredients or artificial ingredients. This peanut butter tastes as if you made it yourself. It tastes THAT fresh.
This type of peanut butter is not for everyone. My husband didn’t like it. Initially my daughter wasn’t fond of it either, but it grew on her. Now she eats it like she does any other peanut butter. My daughter is a bit of a “health nut,” which is why she continued to try the peanut butter until she acquired a taste for it.
Me and my son enjoyed it from the first taste. We both love peanut butter.
I also received to review Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spread.
This is not a “jelly” or a “jam.” This is a fruit spread which can be used and enjoyed the same way jellies and jams are.
This spread tastes just like fresh fruit. Once again it tastes like something homemade. It’s much fruiter than jellies and jams too.
It spreads easily and tastes amazing when paired with the Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter. I actually prefer the fruit spread on toast and on crackers.
Santa Cruz has several different fruit spreads. Eventually I’d love to try them all out.
- Blackberry Pomegranate
- Concord Grape
- Seedless Red Raspberry
I received to review the Strawberry. Even thinking about it as I type out this post is making me crave it. I think I know what I’m having for lunch later.
I failed to mention that both products smell amazing too. As soon as you open the jars the heavenly scent hits you. Mmmm… they smell as yummy as they taste.
In addition to the peanut butter and fruit spread, Santa Cruz also sent me an Apple Sauce pouch.
My kids are teens so they can enjoy apple sauce without making too much of a mess. These pouches are ideal for little ones who tend to make a mess. They are also great for packing in a lunchbox because they don’t require a spoon. You eat the apple sauce directly from the pouch.
I like that it has a screw on cap too so that you are able to save any uneaten apple sauce instead of having to throw it away and wasting it.
The Apple Sauce is available in three flavors;
- Cinnamon Apple
- Strawberry Apple
Santa Cruz Organics offers consumers many products in addition to the peanut butter, fruit spread and apple sauce. They also have beverages (100% fruit juice, lemonades…), chocolate syrup, carbonated beverages and peanut powders.
For more information on Santa Cruz Organics visit www.SantaCruzOrganic.com.
Have you tried any Santa Cruz Organic products? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.