In my home, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding back to school time. For the first time ever, both of my boys are at the same school. My youngest is in his first year of full day pre-kindergarten and my oldest is enjoying being a middle schooler. For me, it’s been amazing watching them prepare for the school year together. There have been new bookbags, new supplies and new lunchboxes. But it’s also brought the need to get creative into my life. You see, my oldest will eat anything (really and truly). I’ve never had to put much thought into his lunches because as long as it’s a sandwich that he finds in his lunchbox, it’s all good. But my youngest is super picky. So when Nature’s Own asked me to partner with them to share easy, delicious and above all fun ideas for back to school lunches that picky eaters will love, I was game to put my thinking cap on and make school lunches totally fabulous!
Now I’m going to make a big confession here: I’ve never been that mom that packs awesome school lunches. Honestly, most mornings I’m doing well to put together a sandwich and get it into my son’s lunch box. You see, living almost an hour from their school mornings have been so hectic that I haven’t felt like I had time to get creative. And while I’ve always made sure that lunchboxes are filled with a well-balanced meal, I’ve just never taken in much further than that. But this year, things are different. As you all know, I’ve moved. I’m now super close to my sons’ school. And that means more time to get creative in the morning and come up with back to school lunches that I can feel great about packing.
Knowing that I’d have some extra time on my hands, I set out to get creative with my school lunch ideas. I wanted things that my oldest would enjoy and that my youngest would be willing to eat. And I knew without a doubt that my ideas had to incorporate Nature’s Own® Bread. With no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors and no fructose corn syrup, it was the perfect start to creating back to school lunches that I could feel great about serving.
Once I had my varieties of Nature’s Own® bread on hand to use as the base for fun school lunches, the creativity really started to flow! I knew that both of my boys love the taste of Nature’s Own® bread but I also knew that the key to getting my picky eater excited about what I put in his lunchbox was finding a fun way to present his food and flavorful combinations he would love. With presentation being key in my mind, I tried out two different ideas. The first was Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi made with Nature’s Own® Honey Wheat Bread.
To make this fun lunch, I simply laid my Nature’s Own® bread out on the counter and let my little guy roll it gently with my rolling pin to give it a little denser texture.
Then I spread peanut butter and jelly on my prepared bread and simply rolled it up! After cutting off the end crusts, all that was left to do was slice my roll to create a sushi look!
With one fun idea under my belt it was time to try another one. I pulled out my Nature’s Own® 100% Whole Wheat Bread and some cookie cutters and got to work transforming a plain turkey sandwich into a kid friendly treat!
It was as simple as making my sandwich as I regularly did and then using my cookie cutters to turn it into shapes that little hands would love.
I paired my fun back to school lunch ideas with fruit, cheese and crackers and instantly I had two lunches that were not only fun for my boys but were also a great way to send them a lunch that I could feel great about.
With these creative back to school lunch ideas, I took a meal that I was dreading making and turned it into something that was truly a win/win situation for me and my kids.
Each and everyday of the new school year, they’ll be able to love their creative lunches that are tasty and fun and I’ll be able to feel great about sending them meals made with America’s Favorite Bread, Nature’s Own®.
If you’re ready to conquer the lunchbox and create back to school meals that your children will love, start with the trusted taste of Nature’s Own® Honey Wheat, Buttebread and 100% Whole Wheat Bread. With it’s amazing quality and beloved taste, it’s the perfect way to ensure your child’s lunches taste great while giving them the foundation they need to make it through the rest of the day.
But wait! There’s more! While I know that making these amazing lunches will make you feel like a total winner in the mom category, I’m excited to share an exciting way that you can win big simply by coming up with your own lunchbox creations! Enter the Nature’s Own® Back to School Video #LunchBoxCreations contest today! To enter, simply submit your video link showcasing your lunch box creation here by Tuesday, September 15th. Four winners will be drawn from the contest to each win a $250 Grocery Store Gift Card! I don’t know about your family but for us, that would make school lunches even better! Be sure to check out our fun video to get a more in depth look at how easy it is to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi!
So what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen with Nature’s Own® and ensure that this year is the best year ever when it comes to packing school lunches your kids will love! Start with a lunchbox creation your kids will actually enjoy eating and end with the chance to win big just for sharing your amazingly awesome ideas that are sure to make lunch time your kids favorite time of the day!
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