Back to School: Packed Lunches that are Far From Boring

The end of summer brings the start of another school year. Parents can keep kids excited about school instead of sad about the end of summer by making their bagged lunches anything but boring. While packed school lunches need to be healthy and satisfying, a little creativity can ensure kids will not only eat them but that they will actually look forward to them every day! Here are some of our favorite tips and ideas for healthy, kid-friendly lunches that will never get traded.
Think outside the bread. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional PB&J, but sandwiches every single day can quickly become boring. Mix it up a bit with some healthy alternatives like veggie-loaded pita pizzas and thermoses full of hearty, homemade soups once the weather turns cooler. If your child enjoys a sandwich but you want to keep it interesting, use cookie cutters to press out fun shapes. You can also do this with fruits and cheeses.

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Remember that kids love dips, so pack a small container of ranch dressing for the veggies or a yummy sauce for the chicken cubes and slices of summer sausage. Apple slices taste even better dipped in caramel. You can also make a lunch kabob out of sandwich fixings like pickle chips, cherry tomatoes, meats and cheeses.

Get their input. Build lunches around your child’s favorite foods, as long as you can still achieve a healthy balance. Give them the opportunity to help you pack their lunch so they can choose tasty foods they’ll look forward to eating. Surprise them with an occasional treat like a couple of homemade chocolate chip cookies tucked behind celery sticks and carrots. You can even include a little note with something that will make them giggle or with a few words of encouragement if it’s test day. Just make sure it’s not too embarrassing, of course.

Just like you, Hickory Farms is committed to providing families with healthy and delicious foods for the table and the lunchbox. Order from our selection of meats, cheese, fruits and nuts online year-round. And for those really hectic mornings, you can always pack your kids a Hickory Farms GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Meal. Kids love them, and parents love knowing they are getting a well-balanced meal.

Pack a Healthy (and Easy) Picnic with Hickory Farms’ GoPicnic Meal

Did you know that picnics originated in medieval England? They were once elaborate outdoor feasts that were enjoyed by the wealthiest members of society (Dine & Cook). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, these early picnics were “a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions.”

Today, picnics are more about spending time outdoors. Picnics offer an opportunity to step away from our busy lifestyles to spend much-needed quality time with Mother Nature. So when it comes to food for picnics, the less elaborate the production, the better. But while pre-packaged mini meals offer convenience, they don’t offer much else. Most quick-fix lunches are filled with sugar and over-processed ingredients that lack real flavor and nutrition.

Fortunately, there’s a healthier solution that is also convenient – Hickory Farms’ GoPicnic Meal. This ready-to-eat meal contains all of the Hickory Farms favorites, so it’s not only well-balanced and satisfying but full of flavor, too. Our Original Beef Sausage Snack, White Cheddar Cheese Spread, and Sesame, Caraway & Sea Salt Crackers are great for making mini sandwiches. To achieve the perfect salty and sweet combo, our ready-to-eat meal also includes our delicious Dried Fruit Medley and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds!

 

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All you need are some beverages, and you’re all set for a healthy and delicious picnic lunch. Busy families also love our GoPicnic Meals which make life on-the-go much easier. They make a wonderful packed lunch for school or work.

In addition to providing you with some of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs, eating a healthier lunch offers some of the following benefits:

What are your favorite healthy food items to pack in a picnic lunch? Leave a comment to share with us!