Disclosure: I was provided free product from Produce for Kids and was compensated to promote the Power Your Lunchbox pledge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last night we attended D-Man’s Kindergarten orientation, and it became real just how close we are to the beginning of a whole new era! For so long it’s been D-Man, RoRo and I at home while the older kids are off at school. Last year D-Man began preschool for a few hours each day and he loved it so much. Now that he’s starting Kindergarten I want him to love it just as much, even if the days are a bit longer than preschool was. One of the ways I plan to do that, is by creating fun and tasty lunches for him that he can enjoy at school. D-Man loves to help me in the kitchen and come up with easy and exciting treats and snacks, so I want him to continue to enjoy those meals while he’s away at school. It’s been a while for me since I’ve gone through this Kindergarten thing, my last Kindergartner just began her freshman year in high school!
Since I’m a little rusty on this whole fun lunchbox thing, I’m so excited to have learned about Produce for Kids and what they’re doing to make lunchtime fun and healthy. Who is Produce for Kids? They are a national organization that’s dedicated to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating, providing simple meal solutions and raising money for children’s non-profit organizations.
Sounds AWESOME right? Well, it gets even better! This back to school season, Produce for Kids is launching a new initiative called Power Your Lunchbox. The new Power Your Lunchbox Pledge launched on August 11th and is running through September 15th. It encourages parents to pack healthier lunchboxes for their kids this back to school season. Visitors to poweryourlunchbox.com can pledge to pack healthier lunchboxes; get kid-approved, kid-friendly lunchbox ideas and tips; and download coupons from companies that are supporting the program.
This came at the perfect time for me, because as much as D-Man loves his PB&J’s, I just can’t find it in me to make the same lunches day after day. I love the healthy and colorful lunch ideas that are shown on the Power Your Lunchbox site, as well as the other ideas for dinners and snacks too! I decided to take the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge, not only for D-Man’s lunches but for myself and my hubby too! I often get so busy during the day that I skip my own meals so I’ll be making lunches for hubby and myself at the same time that I’m making D-Man’s. This will ensure that we all have healthy and filling meals that are nutritious and delicious. For every pledge that is made, $0.75 will be donated to classroom projects, then after the pledge you have the option to sign up to receive coupons and a chance to win an iPad mini™! For more information, go to the poweryourlunchbox.com/take-the-pledge site or you can connect with them through their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram social channels.
You can also enter the Power Your Lunchbox contest by posting your favorite healthy lunches and hash-tagging them with #PowerYourLunchbox on Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win! There’s weekly prizes from now through September 15th so be sure to participate for some fun surprises!
Today I created a trial run for D-Man’s lunchbox, and I just loved how healthy it was. Not only that, but something about bright, colorful meals makes me so happy! I made the Sassy Tuna Sandwich and paired it with the Coconut Orange Dream and Guacamole Tomato Boats with a hard-boiled egg and some sliced cucumber and black olives with ranch on the side.
For a drink I made strawberry pineapple infused water.
D-Man was so excited to try his meal, and I’ve ensured him that we will make a lot of fun and colorful meals to pack in his lunches this school year. He’s so excited!