Thursday, August 29, 2013

#RockTheLunchBox This School Year!

Y'all know I'm a tree-hugging hippy at heart. I buy organic food when I can, make things from scratch so I know what my family is eating, and try and make sure that my kids are eating healthy at every meal, which, at at ages 11 and 8, isn't easy some days.

So when Honest Kids, Stonyfield Farm, Annie's Homegrown and Organic Valley teamed together for the Rock the Lunchbox program, I was super-stoked to help them pass on the word. These brands were already some of my family's favorites, and putting together lunches for my kids using their products was not only fun, but I knew my kids would be eating healthy, as well.


With The Ginger's lunch, I chose a sandwich and apples with peanut butter, then added Bunny Grahams and Bunny Fruit Snacks from Annie's Homegrown, YoKids Squeezers organic yogurt, and Organic Valley single serving of milk. I loved the fact that I had every major food group covered, and how many organic products my son was eating. He loved "drowning" his bunnies in peanut butter, then saving them, just to plunge them into his mouth and wash it all down with milk he didn't have to stand in the lunch line to acquire. Boys...



With The Girl's lunch, I chose a sandwich and apples slices with peanut butter, and added Bunny Grahams and Bunny Fruit Snacks from Annie's Homegrown, a YoKids yogurt cup, and a Super Fruit Punch organic juice drink pouch from Honest Kids. Even as a middle schooler this year, The Girl was happy with her lunch, bunnies and all, which honestly shocked me, because she gets embarrassed when I wear pajama pants to drop her off at school, even though I never get out of the car. I can't figure her out most days. Pajama pants = Bad and embarrassing, Bunny crackers and fruit snacks in lunch = Good and not embarrassing. No idea.

I really did have a lot of fun coming up with different combinations of healthy foods for their lunches, and the kids told me that the food was great tasting. I even snuck a bag of the Annie's Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks, and they honestly were the best fruit snacks I'd ever had. They didn't have that artificial fruit flavor like most fruit snacks do, which was awesome, and my personal favorite.

Y'all really can't go wrong with any of these companies. Honest Kids drinks are organic and low sugar; YoKids yogurt is made with organic ingredients without preservatives, fillers or high fructose corn syrup; Organic Valley produces award-winning organic dairy products (and more); Annie's Homegrown is a leader in natural and organic foods including macaroni and cheese (The Ginger's favorite is the Shells and White Cheddar ), pizzas, snack foods and more.

Right now, with the Rock the Lunchbox program going on, you can get coupons for all of these great products, so you can try them out yourself. Y'all know I love coupons...

On the Rock the Lunchbox site, too, you can see pictures of many other lunch combinations from moms just like you, and even submit your own picture for a chance to win a prize pack from the sponsors! I will say that there are some over-achievers on there; cute sandwiches cut into shapes, little scenes made with fresh fruit and vegetables; kinda put my open lunchbox with the products all neatly displayed to shame. Great stuff to look at, though, and pin on pinterest (so your friends think you're actually going to attempt to create such pretty lunches for your kids).

Get ready to go back to school with lunchbox ideas and coupons from brands including Honest Kids, Stonyfield Farm, Organic Valley and Annie’s Homegrown at www.rockthelunchbox.com.

The opinions expressed in this article are mine and mine alone. I was sent a package with products from the sponsors for free, for the purpose of reviewing, but no compensation was given to me for a favorable post. Y'all should know by now that no one can tell me what to say.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Really cool lunches. Was helping my son with a young one this week and found out that they have so many great, healthy foods for kids lunches these days. I always hated sending him to school with a sandwich and junk food, but nothing else had staying power!

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