It’s October now! It’s been 1-2 months of school under our belts. We’ve had school picture day, back-to-school night, and after school classes, programs, lessons, and practices. I’m learning some interesting things along the way – with one kid in second grade, and one kid as a fifth grader! I’ve learned so much after these five years of at least one in the local elementary school.
I’ve learned that:
1 – Having two different library days and remembering to remind both kids to return their books isn’t easy!
2 – If you have two kids in the same school, or even two kids not in the same school, you will accidentally switch their water bottles. Scarlet will walk around with a race car water bottle, and Des will have the giant pink bottle with the “S” on it.
3 – You might get annoyed that they still want you to walk them to the schoolyard and wait until the bell rings..but..
4 – You’ll cry in your car the first day that he walks into school without a backwards glance at you.
5 – You can’t actually pack them the same exact lunch every day. You can’t. Now my father? He was a teacher and he ate the same PB&J every day of his life. Every. Day. I always wanted to find out more about this. Did he pack it himself, or did my mom do it? Had his own mom packed him one for years and he couldn’t break the habit? Did he ever want anything else?
School Lunch Ideas That Are Meaningful and Effective:
1 – Power your fun with Sun-Maid® Sour Raisin Snacks, which will fuel your little adventurers! Talk about awesome snack options. You want them. We’ve got them. They’re available at Walmart, right with other raisins and snack products. Sun-Maid® Sour Raisin Snacks are whole fruit snacks with a punch of flavor, and they are snacks the whole family will love. Plus, from the brand you trust – Sun-Maid. And I remember finding those adorable red boxes of raisins in my lunch box when I was a kid. We love that they’re made with whole fruits and no added sugar.
In fact, we love snacks like these because they are Kid Craved, Mom Approved. Packing whole fruit snacks, along with other sensible options makes a difference in your home-packed lunches. I also like to add stickers and notes on occasion, to jazz it up. Here are other fun options:
2 – Don’t skip the produce. Sometimes packing lunches is a lot of trial and error. I’ve had to learn to not get discouraged when items come back uneaten! That said, it just needs some creativity. I like to add produce by making cheese and vegetable or cheese and fruit skewers. Instead of cheese and crackers stackers, I like to make cheese and vegetable stackers – like with cheese and cucumbers. And Scarlet loves a small salad. For us, cheese makes a difference.
3 – Pack whole grains. This is fun for us! We always use a heart sandwich cutter to make fun whole-grain sandwiches for the kids. They do love PB&J but I usually use turkey and cheese and hummus for school. I try to add as much protein as possible to whole grain sandwiches, so I sometimes add ham and pepperoni. And if I use pasta, I swap regular for whole-grain pasta.
4 – Find other fun sources of protein. We love to use a stainless cup with a lid (to keep it cool) and layer yogurt, granola, and fruit for a parfait. My kids also love homemade and store-bought smoothies and any kind of yogurt. Plus, we use cheese sticks or use tiny sandwich cutters to make fun shapes out of cheese. Combined with whole grains, produce, and snacks that add value and fun, you get a great lunch! School lunch ideas win!
5 – Be consistent. Sometimes I have a tendency to get all geared up for a new project, and then it slowly fades over time. If you consistently pack nutritious and balanced lunches, you will help guide your kids to good health. Check out more about Sun-Maid® Sour Raisin Snacks at Walmart.
Are you excited to try Sun-Maid® Sour Raisin Snacks? These have been an awesome addition to our school lunch menu. And they make wonderful after school and after sports snacks too.