Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Giant. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
Confession time. I HATE packing school lunches. After a lunch account mixup with the child next to my oldest in the alphabet – with the same first name and last initial – he refuses to buy lunch. So packing is a way of life.
We do a jelly sandwich (eww, I know) nearly every day so that he has the freedom to sit with friends with peanut allergies. Even though we are at our local GIANT Food Stores at least three times a week, we sometimes struggle with ideas for lunchbox snacks. This summer we took time to test out lots of snacks that are on the healthier side, so that we are not grabbing last minute foods with little-to-no nutrition.
At the end of the post I have some free printable lunch notes and a GIANT giveaway for you, but first here are some school snack ideas!
School Snack Ideas
We found GIANT’s OWN brand Oats and O’s and mixed them with some Nature’s Promise dried cranberries to create a trail mix.
Nature’s Promise Vanilla Almond granola is a treat we all love, and we think the Nature’s Promise Pita Chips are a great snack with a small container of hummus.
I love that the Nature’s Promise Organic Fruit Twists and GIANT’s Own Brand Ancient Grain and Chia granola bars were prepackaged for easy lunch inclusion. I may have eaten a few of the fruit twists, so I will have to remember to hide those from myself come school time.
Raisins are another one of our go-to snacks, and the Nature’s Promise organic version are a top choice for us. We also will throw a bag of Nature’s Promise Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks, GIANT’s OWN Brand almonds (in years when only peanuts are not allowed), or a Nature’s Promise organic unsweetened apple sauce in their box to fill them up!
Nature’s Promise also offers Almond Butter – a great peanut substitute and organic grape juice boxes to completely round out your child’s meal.
At our school we are asked to ensure that we send items that our children will actually eat for lunch. Sometimes in an effort to be super healthy, parents send foods that the kids will not eat without parental encouragement. Lunches go uneaten, and then the kids are too hungry to learn. I like that GIANT offers me healthy foods that the boys will actually eat.
Free Lunch Notes Printables
Here are two printable tags to put in your kids’ lunch boxes this year. Click the image to download. Tip: If you set your printer to print 2/page, you will save paper!
GIANT also wants to offer one Daze and Knights reader a $25 gift card to GIANT. You must be a resident of the United States 18 years or older to enter. Please see the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends August 18th at 12:00 AM EST.