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Make Over Your Child’s Lunchbox!

Make over your child’s lunchbox as they head into the school year with these nutritious and eco-friendly options. Remember to pack as much as you can the night before, to allow ample time in the morning for a healthy breakfast and other preparations! Cut up fresh fruits and veggies, prepare snack containers with granola or trail mix, make a healthy sandwich on whole wheat bread – you get the idea!

Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers

A healthier yogurt, to-go! “Mom” is a huge fan of Stonyfield Farm, and their new YoKids Squeezers are packed with probiotics and they contain no “yucky stuff” found in a lot of children’s yogurts such as artificial colors, additives or high fructose corn syrup! Plus, since the YoKids Squeezers are organic they are made from milk that has been produced free of toxic persistent pesticides and artificial growth hormones! StonyField Farm recommends freezing the squeezers so that by lunch time they will be thawed and ready to eat! Kids can enjoy right of the squeeze pack, or place it in a bowl and top it with granola & fresh fruit!

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Granolas

In place of sugary fruit snacks or gummy snacks, try Bob’s Red Mill NEW Whole Grain Granolas. Each granola averages more than 27 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving, and features natural sweeteners such as honey, pure vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Enjoy the new granolas with almond milk for breakfast, placed on top of yogurt or straight out of the bag for a hearty, whole grain snack!

Aladdin’s Recycled & Recyclable Snack Containers

Say bye-bye to plastic baggies and opt for these Recycled & Recyclable Snack Containers from Aladdin in your little one’s lunchbox instead! Perfect for granola, trail mix, dried fruits and other small snacks, they will keep them from getting crushed and the plastic bags out of the landfill!

Lucy’s Cookies

For children with allergies and other sensitivities, pack healthy sweet treats from Lucy’s Cookies for a dessert without worry. Lucy’s delightful cookies come in 7 yummy flavors: Ginger Snap, Maple Bliss, Chocolate Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Cinnamon Thins and Sugar, all packaged in a handy snack pack with 4 kid-sized cookies per pack. The cookies are made with no eggs, peanuts, tree nuts or milk, so children with food allergies are safe to eat them! Plus, they taste great – especially dipped in soy or hemp milk!

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

For breakfast or in-between as a go-to healthy snack, Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Granolas are shaking things up in “Mom’s” kitchen! New flavors to tantalize your taste buds or just dress up your morning are available as the kiddos head back-to-school, including Apple Blueberry Granola, Apple Strawberry Granola and Crunchy Coconut Granola. Pack a small container with granola into your child’s lunch to top their organic yogurt as a wholesome treat!

The new granolas are packing a powerful punch – providing more than 27 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving! In addition, Bob’s Red Mill sweetens their granolas with all-natural sweeteners such as honey, pure vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Enjoy the new granolas with almond milk or soy milk for breakfast or straight out of the bag for an afternoon pick-me-up! The granolas pack well for hiking and camping, too!

Get the kids cooking in the kitchen with you after school with this yummy and nutritious snack featuring Bob’s Red Mill Natural Granola – Granola Trail Mix Cookies!

Granola Trail Mix Cookies

Ingredients

•1/2 cup Butter, unsalted (“Mom” prefers organic)
•1/2 cup Yellow D Sugar (Brown Sugar)
•1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
•1 Egg
•1/2 tsp Baking Soda
•1 Tb Warm Water
•1/2 cup plus 2 Tb White Flour, Unbleached
•1/2 tsp Vanilla
•1-1/2 cups Natural Granola (No Fat Added)
•1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
•6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
•1/2 cups Raisins (Unsulfured)

Preparation

Take butter out of the refrigerator and allow to soften. Preheat oven to 350°F. Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water.

In a bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugars. Beat in the egg, baking soda mixture, flour and vanilla. Stir in the granola, coconut, chocolate chips and raisins.

Drop rounded teaspoons of the dough about 4-inch apart onto a greased cookie sheet. With a fork, flatten and spread each mound into a round (about 3″ in diameter). Bake cookies for 7 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 30 cookies.

To view more recipes using Bob’s Red Mill Granolas, or their other all-natural products, visit www.bobsredmill.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*