For the first two years of school I sent my daughter to school and she ate there, just like I did when I went to school. I remember school lunch being so good and it was something I looked forward to. But now and then my daughter began complaining about what she was eating and she was coming home practically starving everyday. I learned she wasn’t eating lunch because in her words, “It’s disgusting”. I wanted to see what she was talking about so I did some research on what the school provided. I became horrified to learn that per school standards my daughter had only limited choices with things such as cheesy bread. Yes, like regular cheesy bread you can get as a SIDE item at a pizza place. But no, they were offering that as a meal. They couldn’t have anything else such as a fruit because the ingredients in the bread fits the nutritional needs unless she brought in more money. Uh, excuse me? NO! That was the end of it. If I was going to pay $2 for one apple, I might as well make her lunch for her so she could be eating real healthy meal. Thankfully, I recently found lunch box ideas and makeover tips from Sara Lee® Bread, who has sponsored this post.
This year, both my kids will be in school and although, making lunch for 2 kids will probably take up a lot more time than I would like, I’m happy knowing my kids will be getting a healthy meal at school and they’ll have the energy and brain power to learn.
A sandwich is usually a staple in our lunch boxes and Sara Lee® Bread knows how to give us something wholesome for our kids. I also love that they know kids need some words of encouragement while at school. To kick off Back-To-School season, Sara Lee® Bread has created “Lovable Lunch Notes” that you can customize, print out and send along in your kid’s lunch boxes each day. For the next 6 weeks you can visit the Sara Lee® Loveable Lunch Notes website.
Surprise and delight your child every day with a different note personalized for them. With 30 different lunch box notes to choose from you can get through a good portion of the school year before sending the same note twice. I wasn’t given notes when I went to school but I want my kids to remember mommy loves them while they’re at school, especially my 5-year-old since she will be away from me for a full day. I hope the notes I choose will make my girls happy and put a smile on their faces.
Sara Lee® Bread has gotten the science down to give us a good balance between “good taste and good-for-you” with 18 different varieties (like 100% Whole Wheat, White, Butter, Jewish Rye, Hearty Multi-Grain, ect), they are dedicated to baking soft and great tasting bread made with quality ingredients that have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors. We love Honey Wheat (Get your coupon here) because the touch of real honey sweetness makes any sandwich we make taste that much better.
My youngest of course loves when I stick to the basics by giving her a PB&J but my oldest has been loving when I venture out and get creative with her sandwiches – turkey, ham, tomatoes, even pickles. She loves lots of layers and flavors going on. Just remember, you don’t have to go all out with your kids lunches; as long as it’s healthy, they’ll be happy!
How do you get creative with your kids lunch?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Bread.