Now that back to school activities are in full swing, it can be a crazy time getting everything in order to send the kids back fully prepared.
When it comes to packing your child’s school lunches, it’s important to know what your child will eat so that you can make a good list of foods and plan out lunch menus in advance. After school snacks are a huge part of the back to school routine too, so work with your child to see what he/she likes and make it a fun experience mixing and matching fun and healthy snack options.
Since we’re all about back to school, I’m excited to be partnering with Safeway to share with you some tips and tricks to make lunches and after school snacks fun, healthy, and creative!
1. Be prepared with the right stuff. Buy some quality containers, insulated lunch bags, disposable utensils and cute cloth napkins. I love using those reusable bento boxes because they’re an easy and fun way to pack lunches, plus I save money by not continually throwing away baggies, paper napkins, and brown paper lunch bags everyday.
2. Get the kids involved. Pack foods you know that your child will eat and not what you want them to eat. You can balance this by adding healthy options and not chips and cookies everyday. If you have picky eaters, try making a new dish to test the waters first at home and if it’s a hit, then send it as leftovers the next day.
3. The rule of three is key. As long as your child is getting a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and carbs all week, a fun treat is just fine. Try to have at least 3 items per lunch that are healthy options each day. A DIY trail mix, fresh fruit and cut up veggies like carrots and broccoli are great options to add to their lunch box and are perfect for after school snacks too!
When it comes to buying quality foods and grocery items that are easy on the budget, I go to my local Safeway. Since I also really love decorating my home with fresh flowers and potted plants, I love shopping at Safeway because they have more options for beautiful flower arrangements and plants than any of the other grocery stores in my area. I also have my Safeway rewards app which helps me save even more money and earns me points for gas and groceries while I shop at Safeway!
Lately, I’ve been really loving their own brand of certified organic products called O Organics® too! Buying organic food is easy and affordable for my family now with products from the O Organics brand at Safeway.
This organic brand offers produce, dairy, cereals, snacks and more and I love that their products are also non-GMO and carry the USDA certified organic seal.
Here’s a video I helped put together with some products from the O Organics brand from Safeway. No more boring school lunches and after school snacks! 🙂