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It’s that time of year again: Back to school. My girls start back next week and that means that it is time to think about school lunches again. The price of school lunches at their schools have gone up again and this year we decided that it would be more beneficial for them to all pack their lunches; not just financially, but health-wise too.
I was so happy to find out that many of products in Giant Food Stores Nature’s Promise brand is both affordable and organic. If you haven’t tried GIANT’S Nature’s Promise foods, you are definitely missing out. GIANT’S teams of nutritionists are offering plenty of ideas to help you build a better lunch…and breakfast. And right now they have a brand new limited line of Nature’s Promise apple products, so GIANT definitely has got you covered for the first day of school and beyond!
The girls wanted to try out some of the foods from the Nature’s Promise line before school started so here are some of the lunches that we came up with from the products from this line.
First up were an almond butter sandwich, applesauce, pita chips, fruit twists, and organic apple juice; all from their Nature’s promise organic line.
Yesterday, the girls indulged in an almond butter sandwich, raisins, Ancient Grain and Chia granola bar, oat bran pretzel sticks, and organic apple juice; all from their Nature’s promise organic line. The girls loved the almond butter sandwiches so much that they wanted to repeat it.
This morning, we put together a delicious breakfast from the Nature’s Promise organic products that we had. So not only are the products good for lunches, they’re also great for breakfast too.
While you’re thinking about your kids’ lunches for this school year, here are some tips from Giant Food Store’s nutritionists to help you build a better lunch.
1. Use MyPlate as a reminder to include the five food groups – grains, protein, fruits, veggies, and dairy.
2. Food Groups: Remember to include a minimum of 3 food groups in your child’s lunch.
3. Get your kids involved: Have your child help you make a list of all of the foods they like in each of the five food groups. Use this infographic to help you or visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for a more in-depth list of the foods in each group.
4. Organize: Use a lunchbox that has divided sections or use separate containers to help you remember to include multiple food groups.
5. Think outside of the box (or bag): Lunch doesn’t need to have a sandwich. Instead, try some crackers and a hardboiled egg or rice cakes with almond butter or make fruit skewers. The possibilities are endless!
To help you get started with some Back To School grocery shopping, Giant Food Stores and I are giving away a $25 GIANT Gift Card to one lucky Giant Food Stores Shopper
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