Has your child (or the children in your area) returned to school yet? Our schools have two weeks left. My son returns to school on the 6th of September (that is when I return to work too). Off hand I don’t remember when my daughter college semester begins again.
My son doesn’t take lunch to school with him. He usually eats a big breakfast than has lunch when get gets home from school. He gets home around 2:30. This year he might actually be home by 1:30, so he can eat lunch at home.
I remember when I did make lunches for my kids. It was always a challenge. I always had to provide my kids with yummy foods they liked all while keeping their health and nutrition in mind.
Funny story… I received a phone call from the school nurse one day when both of my kids were in elementary school. The nurse wanted to compliment me on the healthy lunches I packed my kids. She even said that I packed better lunches than her – and she’s a nurse and knows all about health and nutrition.
My “game plan” when it came to making lunches for my kids was this…
- Protein (meat, usually chicken or turkey)
- Carbohydrate (usually bread of some kind)
- Vegetable (baby carrots, pepper slices, cucumber slices…)
- Fruit (apple, orange banana…)
- Treat (a couple of cookies, a snack size chip bag…)
I encouraged my kids to eat their lunch in that sequence too. They also brought their lunches home to me so I could see what they ate (or didn’t eat) and find out why they didn’t eat whatever food was left. That way I knew what they liked or didn’t like.
Putting together a well balanced lunchbox is important. In fact, Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins and Nature’s Harvest bread are teaming up to help encourage wholesome lunches.
Both Nature’s Harvest bread and Little Bites muffins are good, wholesome choices. It’s easy to use them to make lunchtime easy, delicious, and exciting.
Check out these fun videos that feature Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip muffins and Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat bread. I love these ideas!
Your child could easily re-create these adorable sandwiches simply by providing them with the ingredients. If your child is not fond of any of the (like celery) you could always come up with substitutes.
If you are not familiar with Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins, or Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat Bread, here is some additional information.
Made with Little Bites signature golden muffins and chock full of delicious chocolate chips, the Little Bites Chocolate Chip muffins are filled with mega-chocolaty goodness to go! These pre-portioned pouches of delicious bite-sized baked snacks are made with real ingredients and are perfect for today’s families and their on-the-go needs. With over 10 different favors of Little Bites baked snacks there are plenty of choices for on-the-go snacking. Never any high fructose corn syrup and always zero grams of trans fat!
Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat Bread is baked with 8 grams of whole grains per serving and a touch of honey! It’s a delicious step towards getting more whole grains into the lunchbox and reaching the recommended 32-48g of whole grains per day. Help balance your family’s diets with delicious, nutritious whole grains, simply by adding their favorite Nature’s Harvest breads to the grocery basket. In any variety of Nature’s Harvest bread you chose, you can always count on 8 grams or more of whole grains per serving, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or colors.
I’m trying to think of creative things I made for my kids. It’s been so long I honestly can’t remember. I remember cutting shapes out of the bread using tiny cookie cutters. I guess I wasn’t as creative as I could have been.
I know there are plenty of creative people out there who have probably created really fun lunches.
Little Bites has some fun ideas you might want to check out. You can find them here. I love the clown and the frog. They are really cute.
Entenmann’s Little Bites and Nature’s Havest bread have also teamed up for the “Life of The Lunchbox Sweepstakes.” Up until September 30, 2016 you can visit LifeoftheLunchbox.com to enter for a chance to win a $10,000 savings bond for their child.
There will also be 100 2nd prize winners who will receive a Lunchbox Bundle that includes Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks, Nature’s Harvest bread and a $50 gift card for school supplies.
You can check out how to enter and find the rules here.
If you would like to learn more about Entenmann’s Little Bites visit LittleBites.com. You can also find Entenmann’s and Little Bites on social media.
You can also check out Nature’s Harvest Bread at NaturesHarvestBread.com.
I also have a giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – OR – what creative things have you done for a school lunch box?
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