5 Clever Strategies for Packing School Lunch

It's official:  my Little has started kindergarten!  Among other things, this means I am now packing two school lunches every day. Oh joy. So when I received these clever tips on packing school lunches, I actually read them.  Written by Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind, she makes some great suggestions here. #1 ~ Breakfast is the most important meal of the day Focus on fresh fruit, purified water, protein, and fiber while kids are in the comfort of their home. Fuel them up with a simple smoothie that is quick to make and satisfies their nutrient needs. I like blending yogurt, banana, strawberries, milk, baby spinach and touch of honey. If smoothies aren’t their thing, try a snack plate with cut up cheese, berries, wholegrain crackers or bread. This wakes their bodies and brains up in a healthy way and will sustain them for the long day ahead. #2 ~ Who Say’s Leftovers Are a No No? Whole grain pancakes for lunch? If it’s good enough for breakfast, why … [Read more...]

Backpack Snacks: 5 Budget Friendly Foods that Will Survive a Backpack

It's that time of year again!  Having groceries on hand, and either packing snacks and lunches for your school aged kids, or them attempting to tackle it themselves becomes a daily challenge.  My 5th grader this year is getting better about packing her own food for the school day.  And I love that their teacher allows them to snack in the classroom throughout the day, as long as they aren't disruptive. But I'm frequently at a loss as to what to grab and purchase at the store for backpack snacks and lunches, so thought I'd share these helpful ideas from FoodInsight.  They serve as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students. Backpack Snacks 5 Budget friendly foods that will survive a backpack and provide on-the-go nutrition, ensuring kids get the fuel they need without the muss or fuss Trail Mix Trail mix is bite-sized and packed with protein & healthful fats Add a handful of … [Read more...]

Back To School With ZBar Protein [Giveaway, Ended 8/12]

  Here in Western Colorado, the kids have already headed back to school.  You read that right, the first week of August.  (Disgusting! Don't even get me started...that's a whole other topic. )  At the top of my "Hooo-boy, here we go" Mom Angst List is this:  Trying to pack healthy lunches, in a hurry, each morning for my daughter to take to school. That's one of the reasons why I dearly love Clif Kid ZBars.  My kids devour them, they are quick and easy snacks to throw in a lunchbox, and the ZBar Protein bars contain even higher levels of protein to keep them fuller, longer. And in a stroke of genius (you polled a bunch of kids, didn't you Clif??), all three flavors of ZBar Protein contain CHOCOLATE - Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Mint, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. They think they're getting a treat.  Meanwhile, you're sneaking into their diet: 5g of Protein 3g Fiber Organic Whole Grains No high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial … [Read more...]

Back to School Reusuable Lunch Gear From Mighty Nest [Giveaway, Ended 8/15]

First, please allow me to tell you about Mighty Nest, because they are an amazing site and central resource for finding healthy, eco-friendly, natural products for your home and family.  And then we’ll move on quickly to the Back to School reusable lunch gear giveaway they are sponsoring, because it includes some fantastic products! Mighty Nest has waded through all the marketing claims for you, tested these items on their own loved ones, and brought together the best of the best when it comes to high quality, healthy products.  I've become quite a fan of theirs over the past few months. They have helped me discover healthy home products that I didn't even know existed, which were quickly and pleasantly assimilated into our everyday life.  And I'm convinced from my experience with the products I've purchased from them, that the brands they are featuring (and hence recommending) are all ones you are going to be very happy with. So save yourself the time consuming, no … [Read more...]

Back to School Shoes from Keen ~ Harvest MJ

Whether you long for it, or dread it (or a little bit of both), it's that time of year again to get kids geared up to head back to school!  Ahhh... and along with that comes the big SHOE decision.  My daughter has been trying out a pair of Keen Harvest MJ [Mary Janes] - so take a look at this adorable and durable option. My family has had good experience with the quality of Keen products in the past.  An outdoor brand by nature, I love that their footwear is sturdy and intrinsically built for outdoor adventures, at any given time. Keen Harvest MJ   Keen has had the Harvest MJ style available for women for awhile now, in various fun colors and prints.  Now for back to school 2013, they also have two Harvest Mary Jane options in girls sizes: in Black Iris (shown above left), and Hot Coral (shown above right). From the product site: "Crafted of beautiful patterns and natural canvas, the adorable Harvest MJ is perfect for back to school or weekend outings. The easily … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping ~ The Peak of Parenting Stress?

Summer went way too fast this year.  For the first time, we found ourselves shopping for supplies and some back to school clothes the Saturday before school starts.  It felt a little like 4 a.m. on a Black Friday. Having to park in the last empty notch in the parking lot is your first clue that you're in for an interesting crowd.  Amidst the chaos, I bounce between amusement and annoyance at how obnoxious people can get in these situations.  Sparse shelves with only a few remaining sale items and long ugly check out lines don't appear to bring out the best in people. Back to School Shopping ~ The Dressing Room War Zone And neither do dressing rooms.  Have you had a dressing room moment with your child that brought out the ... umm... let's just say "less than perfect parent" in you?  Maybe it's a girl thing.  And I don't even have remotely-close to a teenager yet.  Scary. You're exhausted.  You're frustrated with the clothing options and prices.  You're stressed out about how … [Read more...]