This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are wholly my own.
With school now under way, we are still finding our routine, still finding our way. Our mornings start usually with the children requesting one of their favorites for breakfast. Not long after we finish breakfast, the children have already begun discussing lunch options. You see, my children love options! They ask, “What is for lunch?” followed by the second question, “What are my options?”
While it isn’t always possible, I try to offer them at least a few options, it may as simple as offering them to choose between carrots and celery or peaches or plums but they love to make decisions.
I love the program that Stonyfield is currently participating in, the Rock Your Lunch Box campaign. It is a campaign to think outside the box, to make lunch time healthy and fun! The Rock the Lunchbox site is a fun resource for parents looking for lunch time inspiration featuring photos, and even coupons for yummy organic products from some of our favorite organic brands: Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate Organic & Natural Meats, Honest Kids, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and Stonyfield Yogurt.
To get into the kids minds, I asked the kids to draw me a picture of what their dream lunch would be. I told them it could be anything they wanted. It didn’t have to be healthy, it just needed to be what they would love to have for a special lunch.
It was no surprise that they drew pizza. Pizza is Austin’s favorite food. He thinks it should be a food group. I was happy that his dream lunch also included an apple, carrots and pretzels. Addie’s almost exactly matched. She was sure to tell me her pizza would be special made for her with goat’s cheese. She included an apple, carrot and chocolate chips. Although pizza is not exactly healthy, their other choices made me very happy. Addie shares her Mama’s sweet tooth and loves chocolate almost as much as I do.
Even though we are home for most lunches, delivering them in a fun and creative way is the best way I can ensure the children try new foods. They love bento lunches. I don’t know if it the fact they get cool little containers for each food or if it is the bright colors or maybe it is just something different but they love bento lunches. Some of our favorite bento lunch time products include Laptop Lunches Bento box, U-Konserve Stainless Steel Container and Blue Avocado Rezip Bags.
Today we choose to use Austin’s favorite, bacon! We made an Applegate blt wrap with goat cheese, (Austin’s included Organic Valley sharp cheddar cheese slices), celery and carrots with plain Stonyfield yogurt tahini dipping sauce, grapes and Annie’s graham bunnies. The children couldn’t have been more excited!
If you are in need of a little lunch box inspiration (and savings!), be sure to check out the Rock the Lunchbox site!