August 21, 2012

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Lunch-Packing Tips – Healthy Fuel for School

When scrambling to pack the kids’ lunch boxes in the morning, you may forget about our own lunch. In fact, 73% of moms have eaten their child’s snack in a pinch.* If you have fallen victim to this statistic, it’s best to stock up on snacks that the whole family will enjoy.  Raising hand in shame!

I am a huge fan of Dole Real Fruit Bites, which combine three healthy favorites – fruit, yogurt and whole grain oats – into one delicious taste. Offered in three yummy 90-calorie flavors – apple, pineapple and mango.  I have tried the mango and apple flavors so far! I actually have picked up some apple for the kids' lunches!

Check out some additional lunch-packing tips to make the mornings run smoothly.
  • Leverage last night’s leftovers. Add instant rice to leftover chicken or transform leftover steak into a hearty chili
  • Share a smile. Cut sandwiches into different shapes with cookie cutters, or write a note on a napkin
  • Camouflage healthy snacks. Dole Real Fruit Bites are made from real dried fruit, coated with yogurt and sprinkled with toasted whole grain oats – Kids won’t be trading this snack
  • Keep it cool. Think outside the thermos, and try freezing a yogurt cup or a juice box
  • Snack attack.  Grab snacks for your desk drawer or purse so you can have a quick bite

*Source: Wakefield Research for Dole Real Fruit Bites



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