We’re into the swing of things now. School started in late August, and we’ve acclimated to the waking up thing. We’ve also found a new flow with the new (later) bus pick up times. Well, mostly.
Packing lunches? Got it! I have a flow to things. Will gets a main item — a sandwich or leftovers, usually — and three other items (one for snack time, two to be eaten with lunch). Typically two of those are fresh fruits or veggies. We really, really love our fresh fruits and veggies. Since it’s fall, we’ve been doing a lot of apples and peppers (my kids adore red bell peppers), along with bananas. But with winter coming, I’ll need some new options to keep things interesting.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try Libby’s Single-Serve Fruit Cups, which are available in Mixed Fruit, Diced Pears, Diced Peaches and Cherry Mixed Fruit. Each cup contains a serving of fruit. Honestly, the scent of these fruits as my kids opened them took me back to my childhood. I loved when I would find diced peaches or pears in my lunchbox, so it was fun to try these. I haven’t bought fruit cups like this in years, but they can be a good option for tossing into lunchboxes or bringing along for a quickie snack.
The kids were so excited, since this is totally out of the norm for us. What they really enjoyed was that the cups had firm, sweet fruit that was all ready to eat with a spoon — no need to cut into anything or do anymore than open them. For me, I appreciate how sturdy the cups are (which really is a big deal — kids can be so rough with lunchboxes). But I do wish these cups were available packed in pineapple juice instead of light syrup — hopefully Libby’s will release juice-packed cups in the future.
Still, these are a good option for an quick grab snack or even a treat for the kids. And they can totally change up the lunchbox monotony.
Also, Libby’s has teamed up with soccer star Brandi Chastain this fall. She provided a few tips for raising healthy kids.
Brandi’s Kid Friendly Tips for Healthy Living:
- Hydrate to perform great. Kids should drink water before, during AND after exercise. While exercise generates heat and increases the body’s core temperature, water works to bring body temperature back to the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Let your child pick out a colorful water bottle to make drinking water fun!
- Always make time for healthy meals. The USDA says that half our plates should be filled with colorful fruits and veggies, but when your children are constantly running from school to practice and back, it can be tough to get them to eat that perfect meal. Add Libby’s® Single Fruit Cups, which contain one complete serving of fruit, to your children’s bags for an easy and nutritious snack.
- Sleep is important! Children should receive an average of eight hours of sleep each night. Without enough sleep children get cranky and lazy, and will not perform to their full potential during school, practice or games. Help your children stick to a regular sleep schedule by making bedtime fun – read them a story or sing a song while they fall asleep.
- Turn exercise into a family affair. When exercising is a solo act, it can sometimes feel like a chore. Bring the whole family on-board and make exercising fun, family time! Join your kids in a game of soccer, Double Dutch or kickball.
- Lead by example. When you set a good example, your kids are more likely to follow. Although it’s easy to stop at the drive-thru on the way home from practice, make an effort to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Become a role model by exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, like Libby’s Canned Fruits and Vegetables, with your children. It’s easier when you make it a team effort!
Disclosure: I am working with The Motherhood on a project with Libby’s and am being compensated. All opinions are my own.