Back to School!

Back to School with Horizon Organic 

 

I just dropped off my oldest kid, Willa, at kindergarten. It’s her first time at a public school and it’s the largest school she has ever attended. I could feel her nerves mingling with my own as she grabbed my hand a little tighter when we walked toward her classroom.

 

Today isn’t just the first day of school, it’s the beginning of a lot of new things for her, and I want to make sure I’m giving her the best nutrition to help fuel her learning. Of course, with three kids at home, I’m also looking for snacks and ideas that help me pack in as much nutrition as I can in a super convenient way. Having a well-stocked pantry is every parent’s first step in making sure they have smart snacks to grab and build into a healthy school lunch, like those from Horizon, who I’m sponsored by this back to school season.

 

Since we added a new baby to the mix this summer, I realized I’d have to be more organized than ever when it comes to packing lunch. I’ve created a “lunch station” in my kitchen to help with the process. Note: We live in Brooklyn and don’t have a huge kitchen. You don’t need a ton of room to do this—just some counter space and a cabinet shelf. Our station consists of a kitchen island, a mini cutting board and a shelf that I’ve stocked full of Horizon Snack Crackers, Snack Grahams and Sandwich Crackers, plus some snack bars and all-fruit bars. I also keep the kids’ lunch boxes and food containers (labeled, of course) in this nook so I can make a sandwich on the island, pack it in a container, and then pair it up with a fresh fruit, a veggie and a fun snack, like Horizon Chocolate Snack Grahams.

 

Another way to help streamline the lunch-packing process and get your kids involved at the same time is to have them help pre-pack snacks. Kids ages 4 and older can help put items like baby carrots, cucumber slices and halved grapes into small containers. (Definitely have them wash their hands first!) I find that this helps my kids actually want to eat those fruits and veggies. After all, they’re the ones who packed them!

 

It’s going to take a while for my family to get used to our new routines this fall, and I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. It can be overwhelming at times and like me, you might feel like you don’t quite have control over your new schedule. But simple steps, like setting up a dedicated area to pack nutritious lunches—and packing as much as you can in advance—can really help you feel organized and ready for whatever life decides to serve up that day.

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