Healthy Lunches: Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

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#GreenGiantFreshPartner All I need for lunch is 1 egg and a Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowl as part of my healthy routine! #GGFMealBowls #GGF #GetYourMealBowlOn

You know how it is when you find an incredible lunch option. It’s a game changer!

I generally use September more as my “New Year” than January, because it follows the Jewish new year, and it’s an incredible opportunity for a fresh start. In summer, I’m often without routine. For one, the kids were in different camps all summer long, and now they’re home with me for 1-2 weeks of chaos. And for another, this summer was particularly rough on a good exercise routine. Our puppy wasn’t old enough and hadn’t yet had the right shots for the dog park, and the humidity was too thick there anyway. I’m looking forward to a new rhythm and new routine for September. No more skipping lunch!

That’s right – I skipped lunch sometimes during the summer break. Too much work, too much parenting, and too much heat. Then I’d reach for something high in carbs and want to fall asleep. My perfect lunch consists of protein and vegetables and I’m so happy to have found Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls at my local store. They were right in the fresh section of my store – right where we walked in! I was excited to find a delicious variety for every member of my family, and then some.

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls at BigY

#GreenGiantFreshPartner All I need for lunch is 1 egg and a Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowl as part of my healthy routine! #GGFMealBowls #GGF #GetYourMealBowlOn

So now I’m psyched for a new routine for the school year. I’ll drop the kids off and get to work. Then I’ll take a late morning break to bring both dogs to the dog park. After that it’s a delicious Green Giant Fresh Bowl for lunch. More work, picking up the kids, and then settling into the after school until dinner and bedtime routine. I really do thrive on routine and I love that a vegetable-filled lunch will help me. And they’re so easy to make – just look at that pretty, microwaveable packaging!

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

So what are they like?

Well they are new and exciting from Green Giant Fresh! It’s an exciting new line of microwaveable fresh vegetable Meal Bowls that come in a fun variety of deliciously district world flavors! Simple as that. They are all 100% vegetable and vegan. You can microwave them right in the bowl, and then they’re ready in minutes. They’re good for both kids and adults.

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Ok, that sounds fun. Do you eat them as is?

Good question! You can eat them right out of the packaging within minutes. There are yummy sauces that you set aside before microwaving, and then add to the vegetables. For the Carrot Noodle Pad Thai Bowl, I did not add anything.

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

For my other two bowls, I read the suggestions about adding an egg or two. You can add shrimp, chicken, avocado, egg, tofu, beans, turkey, etc. For an awesome breakfast or brunch, I totally add eggs to my Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls!

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

YUM:

#GreenGiantFreshPartner All I need for lunch is 1 egg and a Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowl as part of my healthy routine! #GGFMealBowls #GGF #GetYourMealBowlOn

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Love them! I love the egg with all of the vegetable in the “Fried Rice” and with the sweet potato and cauliflower. I feel like there’s so much to love here. That’s why I’m excited to share these with you! Be sure to check them out here.

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls

Would you leave the Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowl as is, or add a protein?

Thank A Teacher With Crayola’s Thank a Teacher Contest

This post was sponsored by Crayola as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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I have a story about a red beach bucket.

On the last day of my daughter’s 3rd grade and my son’s kindergarten year, I picked up two sad kids at the end of the day! I couldn’t believe it. Weren’t they excited for SUMMER BREAK and all things ice cream, sprinklers and beach? While they were excited about summer, their initial feelings were of sadness. They both grew tremendously in those 10 months and both had the kinds of teachers you remember forever. Although to be fair, I have never had a teacher I’ve forgotten. Never ever!

Scarlet was having trouble with the end of the school year because she had grown close with her 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Cleary. Ms. Cleary had given all of her students beach buckets full of goodies on the last day of school. The bucket made a shifting noise in our car, and for weeks, I couldn’t listen to that sound without feeling sad. To be honest, it still affects me.

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And I’m ok with that. I embrace that sadness, because it means love, loss, and growth. I have trouble moving on and I remember how it felt when I was kid. As a parent, it feels more powerful because I’m more of a bystander in the relationship between teacher and student. Ultimately, it’s not about me and it never should be about me, but gosh, I’m so happy my kids have found the kinds of teachers that change lives. And like I said, I’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher that won’t in my children’s school. Each teacher and each year is a powerful building block paving the way for an enriching life.

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Summer vacation is over, and now we move forward together.

Recently, I told you about the Crayola Thank A Teacher contest. Well now I’m telling you about it again, because the contest will close on August 25th, so this is your last chance to enter! This week, Scarlet wrote her note so that we could enter the contest as well. Scarlet sat down with me and created a Thank You Note for Ms. Cleary. We had to wipe tears from our eyes when she was done! I didn’t help her at all, and I love her writing. I love that she identified what she loved about 3rd grade.

Our Thank You Note for the contest:

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Ms. Cleary has a gift for a cohesive classroom. At the end of the school year, I didn’t even recognize a few kids in Scarlet’s class at an end of year party because they had grown tremendously in that loving classroom. Scarlet is someone who embraces, and is embraced by, such a nurturing environment, but I saw tremendous maturity in her too. She took this classroom, this class, and her role in it quite seriously. I think that’s why she was sad at the end of the year, and that’s why the red beach bucket made me cry. The Thank A Teacher campaign gives our children a chance to express themselves, change lives, AND potentially be rewarded for it. Although I think we can all agree that the emotional rewards are best.

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Thank A Teacher Contest:

In May on National Teacher Appreciation Day, Crayola launched “Thank A Teacher” – an initiative to celebrate and thank teachers across the country for their commitment to students, learning, and creativity. Crayola asked the nation to join in to generate 1 million teacher thank-yous on social media, using #CrayolaThanks. This initative coincided with the brand’s 115th anniversary and history of honoring teachers. Binney & Smith created the first box of crayons in 1903. Alice Binney, a schoolteacher, and wife of co-founder Edwin, named the new crayons – “Crayola.” We can obtain 1 million thank-yous for teachers together! Visit Crayola.com/ThankATeacher through August 25th, 2018, to upload your child’s handmade thank you note, and show a teacher your appreciation. And, for the chance to win prizes for your family, teacher, and school!

Enter the Crayola Thank A Teacher Contest and enter to win amazing prizes for your teacher, your school, and your family.

Crayola Thank A Teacher Prizing:

Crayola will award 10 finalists with prize packs inclusive of:

$10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
One year supply of Crayola products for the school
$1,000 scholarship for the student
$1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
Free CreatEd seminar for the school

And for the grand prize, one finalist will have his or her Thank You note featured on a special box of Crayola Crayons for the holiday season this year. Also, a weekly sweepstakes will run concurrently with the contest, offering entrants a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers.

Don’t forget to enter the Thank A Teacher Contest by 8/25/18. You can enter HERE!

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So, I can’t wait to hear about your child’s Thank You Note!