“One of my biggest tips in ensuring that we eat real food is ensuring that it’s around. It’s easy to just pick up packaged snacks, but it’s just as easy to grab homemade snacks if you have them on hand. Since this may be one of your last weeks before school starts, take some time to bake and prepare foods that you can freeze and then pull out as needed.”
Kiran of Easy Real Food
(If you don’t see the above video, click here to watch it)
Kiran’s favorites for week 2:
White Bean Banana Bread
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
Corn Muffins with Honey
Kid Friendly Meatballs
- Pre-pack snacks and store them in bins in your fridge. Snack ideas: carrots, cherry tomatoes, pretzels, cheese wedges, whole grain crackers, cucumbers, olives, rice cakes, individual yogurts, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, peeled oranges, sliced apples, popcorn, granola, boiled eggs
- Pre-make breakfast burritos or breakfast muffins for quick on the go breakfasts or lunches!
- Pre-pack sandwiches or meat and cheese roll-ups and store them in individual containers
- Baked chicken nuggets, homemade lunch-ables, or these cute sandwich kabobs are easily packed too!
All of these great school lunch ideas (and more!) can be found on our Back to School Pinterest board!
Win 1 free year of Plan to Eat!
(and a few other goodies!!)
We’ll be doing two drawings for giveaways throughout Back to School with Real Food. The first will happen on August 12, and the second will happen on September 1. Each winner will receive:
1 Free year of Plan to Eat
Stay organized by knowing what’s for dinner! Having a meal plan will help you save money, lower your stress in the kitchen, and help you eat more meals together as a household. Plan to Eat is a great tool to help you keep up and running all year long, even after the grind of after school activities set in!
1 Plan to Eat shopping bag
Our sturdy canvas shopping bag can handle the heaviest of groceries! We evaluated dozens of tote bags before finding just the right one. Not too deep, not too shallow, not too large, not too small…. It’s just the right size for a gallon of milk and some fresh produce.
2 ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set
Designed by an experienced lunch-packer and mother of two, this 100% stainless steel lunchbox set works great for packing a small sandwich on the bottom plus a wet and dry side dish in the top container. Each winner will receive 2 sets!
2 Silcone 6 cup Muffin Tin
Muffins are fantastic for on-the-go lunches — three of the recipes in the challenge include the use of a muffin tins! These silicone muffin pans are great for turning out muffins quickly (and cleanly!) and are super-easy to wash. Each winner will receive 2 muffin pans to bake a dozen muffin all at one time.
1 Free download of Real Lunches, Real Easy
Why did we ask Kiran to host this challenge about going back to school? Because she has partnered with 100 Days of Real Food to write a book about it! Real Lunches, Real Easy includes recipes, lunch-packing tips and tricks, and 3 months of school lunches that you can use again and again all year long! The book will be available later this month and our winners will receive a free copy.
This swoon-worthy $155 prize package can be yours! Simply enter by joining Back to School with Real Food and filling in the form below. After confirming that you have joined Back to School with Real Food, you will have opportunities for additional entries.
Looking for other back to school tips and tricks? Come join us in the Back to School with Real Food Facebook group! In the group you will find friends, discuss tips and tricks, and share recipes to help you get ready to start the school year. Ask Kiran for tips to make your school lunches great!
You will send your audience to the Back to School with Real Food landing page and receive the referral!
Let’s make this school year great by with lunches and dinners that both nutritious and easy.