If you haven’t heard school bells ringing off in the distance yet, rest assured that you soon will! Across the country, kids and parents alike are readying themselves or freshly embarking on a new school year. Stocking up on back to school supplies, shopping for new stylish clothes, and settling in for academic success are on the top of most parents to do lists right about now. Yet something is missing. Its your healthy meal game plan!
Although school supplies and clothes that fit are indeed important for a successful school year, nothing may be more important than providing your child with nutritious foods throughout the day. After all, good nutrition is often associated with better school performance. That’s why breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. A meal that can easily set your child up for a successful day of learning. Yet breakfast isn’t the only meal worth incorporating. Lunch and dinner are also important opportunities to provide your children with the opportunity to try new foods and incorporate nutrient-rich options that their bodies need to grow and move.
So as you begin to prepare your family for the school season, don’t forget about the food. Keep it simple, nutritious and delicious. And of course, keep it fun.
One of the easiest ways to keep your meals enjoyable is to pack them up in accessories that make you smile. Obviously, breakfast and dinner tend to be meals eaten at home, but what about lunch? Drop the brown paper bag and give yourself some diversity. Many accessories available on the market today make it so easy to pack a variety of nutrient-rich foods, that you really have no excuse not to eat well mid-day.
A few of our favorites include:
Laptop Lunches Bento Lunch Box:
Nothing makes healthy eating easier to do at lunchtime than a bento box does. The bright and colorful ones from Laptop Lunches make them fun too! Simply fill each individual compartment with foods from different food groups and you’re on your way to one deliciously nutritious meal.
snackTaxi Mod Squad Wrap:
What’s not to love about this eco-friendly, reusable, and ADORABLE sandwich accessory? The snackTaxi Mod Squad wrap gives your lunchtime sandwich a little extra wiggle room – perfectly making room for all those veggies we hope you’re adding in!
spbang Reusable snack bags:
If you’re tired of throwing away plastic baggies everyday, it may be time to upgrade! The spbang reusable snack bags are made in the US and will easily become your new favorite lunchtime accessory. Made out of a unique food safe material, these bags are super easy to clean – just throw in the dishwasher! – and have a splash of color. Perfect for lunch or meals on the go!
As you pack lunches for your children, don’t forget to pack one for yourself! Not only can it be a great way to safe a little money, but its also a great way to ensure you’re getting quality food into your day too. And as you pack your lunch, don’t forget to pack your favorite hydrating beverages! With EcoJarz, you can repurpose your mason jars into traveling glasses, perfect for accompanying your lunch. We especially love that with this company you can rest assured that your drinks won’t be affected by BPA, phthalates, or chemical leach!
With these meal accessories, you can rest easy knowing your meal will not only be delicious, but nutritious too! And one healthy meal a day isn’t too bad of a place to start.
For one of our lucky readers, they’ll get to try out all of these accessories, including a couple drinking jar lids and straws from EcoJarz, on their next lunch break. That’s right; one lucky Around the Plate reader will WIN all of these accessories. Oh, and if that’s not enough, we’re also throwing in a $10 gift certificate to thePlate Boutique. That way you can get your kitchen ready for back to school prep too.
So get ready, that lucky person could be you! To enter, simply follow the directions below: