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Healthy veggies for back to school

The first few weeks of school is a great time to establish healthy habits for your family. Easier said than done right? Before we explore all the fresh ingredients that can boost your children’ immunity this school year, here are a few helpful back-to-school tips that can help you stay on top of your busy schedule and make sure your children always have healthy options:

  1. Plan a weekly menu for school lunches and snacks. This saves time, money and minimizes food waste. Plus, it’s a great way to make sure each day includes a healthy dose of essential vitamins and minerals.
  2. Stock up on fresh greenhouse grown snacking vegetables that are available year-round and are guaranteed to have consistent quality throughout the school year. With many flavorful options to choose from, you’ll always have immunity-boosting snacks ready to go.
  3. Use dinner leftovers or make-ahead meals that can be easily packed in a thermos, reheated or eaten cold.
  4. Mix different foods and flavors to make school lunches more fun. Include various crackers, cheeses, meats, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables for different flavor combinations and a wide range of health benefits.
  5. You can make school lunches more fun with colorful containers, stickers or notes. A little fun can go a long way in encouraging your child to enjoy the healthier ingredients you pack for them.

HEALTHY LUNCHBOX SNACK OPTIONS -

schoolA great school snack or lunch should be nutrient-rich, flavorful and convenient for parents to prepare. Mini Munchies snack packs are the perfect grab-and-go immunity boosters for back-to-school. As you’re headed out the door, quickly add them to each lunch bag knowing that your children have a healthy lunch to enjoy. Snack + packs are another fantastic option for older children or student-athletes who need energizing snacks before or after sports, study sessions, and more.

The variety doesn’t end there! With a complete snacking line of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers to choose from, families can enjoy a wide range of tasty options that will help protect them from those pesky cold and flu viruses that tend to make their rounds in the classroom this time of year.

schoolUno Bites Nano Cucumbers are refreshing cukes that are so tiny and crunchy that your children will think they’re out of this world. From kindergarten to college, students of all ages love to eat them by the handful, with their favorite dip, or in an easy lunch recipe like Cucumber Turkey Wraps. Not only do all of these and other snacking cukes taste great, but they also contain potassium, soluble fiber and vitamin K, all important parts of a healthy diet. When it comes to healthy back-to-school snacks, cucumbers can provide a great boost of hydration that helps to improve focus during class.

Another favorite healthy choice for recess, lunchtime or studying is snacking tomatoes, which come in eye-catching colors and taste bud-zapping flavors. They’re also rich in antioxidants like lycopene and vitamin C, plus other important nutrients such as iron and folate, which all help keep those little bodies strong so they can fight off infections. There’s a snacking tomato for even the pickiest eaters on the playground, including award-winning and super sweet Cloud 9 Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes, bright Bumbles Yellow Grape Tomatoes and vibrant Sangria Medley Tomatoes. Start off the school year with some fun lunch ideas, like silly Fun Bug Snacks, to show your children how playful healthy veggies can be.

schoolChildren of all ages love to munch on Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers for their sweet flavor and satisfying crunch. These bite-sized peppers are versatile enough to enjoy on their own, with a dip, or in a simple Healthy Lunch Bento Box full of your other favorite fresh ingredients. Once school starts, parents know it won’t be long until their children bring home a cold, but you can help prevent infections this school year by packing a lunch full of vitamin C-rich Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers. As little as a half cup will give them over 150 percent of their daily Vitamin C intake and nearly 50 percent of their vitamin A intake!

When it comes to preparing snacks and lunches for the new school year, remember that convenience, fun, flavor, and nutrition can all fit in the lunch box if you plan ahead and pack the right fresh ingredients. With nourishing options for back-to-school, you’ll help boost your children’ immunity so they can focus on learning and say goodbye to sick days.

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