Back-To-School Lunchbox Blues #RockTheLunchbox #Giveaway

*Honest Blogger Found Here: I participated in this campaign as part of the Stonyfield Farms Yo-Getters program. For my efforts, I was given a prize pack similar to the one being given away. Opinions are solely mine. Disclosure Policy.

IMG_3259[1]I opened a sales flyer this week. Folders, pencils, glue sticks, notebooks…back-to-school, already? But…but…it’s ONLY July!

Well, guess what? Around here, the first day of public school starts August 13th…which means that in less than one month, the streets will once again be flooded with yellow buses and walking children.

Oy.

Are you prepared? Aside from new clothes and supplies, have you thought about school lunches? A hot topic, I know. Even though we home school, I still read the school lunch menu in the newspaper each week. Yuck. My hope is that your school system has already adopted a healthier lunch program. Ours is still using the same food items that they served when I was there…like, way back before internet and cell phones. You know, the stone ages. I think they are “trying” to incorporate better choices, but don’t seem to be doing it in an enticing way. For instance, stuffed green peppers are delicious…but not when they look like a pile of vomit (said my High School intern.) One thing is for sure, if our child attended public school, I would be packing him a lunch each and every day.

Annie's White Cheddar shells mixed with broccoli, roasted chicken & parmesan cheese - Organic Valley Milk, Annie's cheddar bunnies & fruit snacks, Stonyfield Yo-Kids tubes & smoothies, Organic fruit.

Annie’s White Cheddar shells mixed with broccoli, roasted chicken & parmesan cheese – Organic Valley Milk, Annie’s cheddar bunnies & fruit snacks, Stonyfield Yo-Kids tubes & smoothies, Organic fruit.

Annie's shells & white cheese done pizza style - add organic crushed tomatoes or sauce, oregano and parmesan cheese!

Annie’s shells & white cheese done pizza style – add organic crushed tomatoes or sauce, oregano and parmesan cheese!

Across U.S. households, parents suffer from widespread “lunchbox preparation fatigue” yet the majority of kids complain of being bored by the lack of variety in their lunches. To tackle the challenges and complaints of adults and children, the four leading natural and organic companies teamed up to create “Rock the Lunch Box”, a free resource that delivers ideas, tips and coupons for natural and organic products just in time for back to school. The website includes:

  • 52 lunch ideas for what to pack — from gluten-free to nut free and vegetarian choices
  • Informative, short video clips by parents that explain how to keep menus creative, packing time short, and involve kids more nad more
  • Ideas for staying connected to children during the day via notes and lunchbox messages
  • Tips for a healthy lunch when dealing with a picky eater or allergies

The collaborative site enables parents to share their lunch preparation systems, learn from others and benefit via:

  • Exploring lunchbox favorites and recipes of other like-minded parents
  • Submitting “too cool for school” lunchbox ideas and be entered to win a lunch sack full of goodie packs from each participating company
  • Saving up to $2.00 with coupons from Annie’s, Honest Tea, Organic Valley and Stonyfield

Want a chance to win some goodies to ensure a great start to the school year? Enter below!

 

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16 Responses to Back-To-School Lunchbox Blues #RockTheLunchbox #Giveaway
  1. Tanya
    July 18, 2013 | 11:56 AM

    My 7 year old loves the Stonyfield yoKids squeezers, and my 11 year old loves their yogurt smoothies (I add blueberries to that). Great in the lunchbox!

  2. DB-The Foodie Stuntman
    July 18, 2013 | 12:04 PM

    I honestly don’t know what to include in my daughter’s lunch. She starts Kindergarten at the end of August. This would be a great idea, however!

  3. Jenna Z
    July 18, 2013 | 4:15 PM

    I love a good sandwich, like a pita with cucumber lettuce and hummus.

  4. Katrina
    July 18, 2013 | 7:16 PM

    I love to pack yogurt!

  5. Laila @OnlyLaila
    July 19, 2013 | 7:11 AM

    My son is a huge fan of blueberries so I make sure he has those for his lunches.

  6. Wendy T.
    July 19, 2013 | 12:13 PM

    Yogurt & dried fruit snacks!

  7. StacieMakeDo
    July 19, 2013 | 1:08 PM

    Even home educators like me go through the lunchtime blahs. I’ll be really happy to investigate Rock the Lunchbox for some good ideas!

  8. yoli
    July 19, 2013 | 9:35 PM

    Yogurt and flax seeds

  9. HilLesha
    July 19, 2013 | 10:53 PM

    Carrots & Hummus

  10. Carolyn G
    July 20, 2013 | 3:33 PM

    Fresh fruit

  11. Vanessa
    July 21, 2013 | 6:00 PM

    Fresh fruit and cold drinks

  12. Vivian
    July 21, 2013 | 6:35 PM

    Pretzels are the easiest and my kid loves them!

  13. Nina
    July 22, 2013 | 1:01 AM

    I love packing a variety of fresh fruits!

  14. Julie
    July 22, 2013 | 3:33 PM

    Fruit and veggies with dip

  15. betsy
    July 23, 2013 | 1:11 AM

    My son loves Vegi sushi in his lunch.

  16. Melissa Cowan
    July 23, 2013 | 1:15 PM

    I don’t pack lunch for kids but for myself for work and school. It is hard to come up with stuff but I think my favorite thing is hummus and veggies. Easy and healthy.

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