Rock the Lunchbox

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How would you rate your lunch packing skills?

Could you imagine if kids gave us parents report cards; I know I can get into ruts, and there are many days my kids take the same things over and over simply because I cannot think of anything else to pack.

We’ve been bask to school for a week now and we are totally rocking our lunches thanks to Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate, Honest Kids, Rudi’s, and Organic Valley.

A survey, conducted by Annie’s®, Applegate, HONEST® Kids, Organic Valley® and Rudi’s Organic Bakery®  found that:

  • “Homemade Gets High Fives”: 61 percent of kids prefer bringing lunch from home versus buying lunch at school
  • “It’s a Labor of Love”: 51 percent of kids say it’s important that their parent makes them lunch to bring to school
  • “Snack Swapping Popular”: 64 percent of kids trade items from their lunch with friends.  And, snacks are the most coveted item in kids’ packed lunches; 54 percent say they trade their snack for a different snack.
  • “What’s New?”: 53 percent of kids say the items in their lunch are the same every day
  • “Daily Dilemmas”: 51 percent of parents say they struggle with variety and coming up with new ideas to make lunch healthy and delicious
  • “Parents Prefer to Pack”: 83 percent of parents say that it’s important to prepare their children’s lunch for school; 95 percent say it’s important to provide healthy options in their children’s lunches

I used to think that my kids buying lunch made things easier for me, and sure I had one less thing to do in the evening, but I was seriously worried about the junk they were being served as “food”

Homemade is always better. Period. {my kiddos may argue that point on cheeseburger day}

Getting the kids involved has made this even easier.

I was so happy to be part of rock the lunch box last year, and even more so to be invited back again. It may take a bit of organization and planning, but packing lunches has become almost…wait for it…FUN

Stella even drew items that she would love to see in her lunches this year

 

stella's lunch for #rockthelunchbox

 

 

Cheese and crackers may not be anything new, but with a few slices of Applegate Pepperoni, it’s a big hit with my kids

Pizza Wraps are another one that both my kids love

 

pizza wrap lunch

 

and leftovers like this mac and cheese make perfect lunches {we love our pasta hot or cold}

 

leftover caprese mac and cheese

 

 

Rock the Lunchbox is in its second year of helping parents give kids what they want at lunchtime – more balanced, delicious options and variety.  With over 300 options there really is something for everyone

  • Gluten free, nut free and vegetarian choices
  • Informative, short video clips by parents that explain how to keep menus creative, packing time short, and involve the kids
  • Ideas for staying connected to children during the day via notes and lunchbox messages
  • Tips for packing a healthy lunch for picky eaters or kids with allergies
  • Time-saving tips to turn simple into healthy and delicious

For more information, please visit www.rockthelunchbox.com, and follow the conversation on Twitter with #rockthelunchbox.

Rock the Lunchbox has got all the tips and tricks you could need, and one lucky reader will even get their own #rockthelunchbox kit, with cool containers and coupons to keep your kids well fed and happy.

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