Summer is coming to an end, which means that the kiddies are going back to school, and the start of you scrambling around in the morning to pack their lunches and make sure they’re on the bus on time. Packing the lunch is a time consuming part of the morning, but also one of the most important parts.
You don’t want to feed the family junk food that will slow them down. After all, you are what you eat. Our friends at Dole Fruits say that 73% of moms have eaten their child’s snack in a pinch*. Which means if you’re packing junk food in your kid’s lunch, you’re more than likely also eating it.
Great Back to School Snacks
If you’ve fallen victim to this statistic, it’s best to stock up on snacks that the whole family will enjoy. Try Dole Fruit Bites or check out our collection of 18 Brown Bag Ideas that will get you through the busy week. We just love Dole Fruit Bites. They combine three healthy favorites – fruit, yogurt and whole grain oats – all in one delicious taste. What more can you ask for in a healthy snack?
Dole Fruit Bites are a great way to have your family eating healthy and enjoying it. Here are some other great tips to keep your kids healthy and happy:
Start the morning off right. Breakfast supplies energy to the brain and body giving your children what they need to make it through the long school day. Check out our Healthy Breakfast Cookies for a wonderful breakfast treat that even makes a great after school snack.
Go with what your child likes. Some kids don’t like peanut butter or certain snacks. Try to find something healthy that your kids will actually enjoy and not trade away at lunch.
To make fruits and vegetables more appetizing for your kids, add a simple dip. Serve mini carrots with low-fat ranch dressing or apples with peanut butter. It’s a great way to get them to eat their vegetables without hearing about it.
Switch it up. Serve slice meat rolled up and offer bread or crackers separately. Switch it up and give them a wrap one day or serve them a sandwich on a whole grain bagel.
Back to School Time Saving Tips
To save you a headache and to make your morning a little less crazy, we’ve collected some great lunch packing tips that will help your mornings run smoothly. Don’t break a sweat and follow these easy helpful hints.
Leverage last night’s leftovers. Add instant rice to leftover chicken or transform leftover steak into a hearty chili.
Share a smile. Cut sandwiches into different shapes with cookie cutters, or write a note on a napkin
Camouflage healthy snacks. Dole Real Fruit Bites are made from real dried fruit, coated with yogurt and sprinkled with toasted whole grain oats Kids won’t be trading this snack
Keep it cool. Think outside the thermos, and try freezing a yogurt cup or a juice box
Snack attack. Grab snacks for your desk drawer or purse so you can have a quick bite.
We hope that you enjoyed our tips and we wish you luck on your healthy eating endeavors. Happy eating and enjoy.
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
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