I can’t believe that summer is already over and here in Saskatchewan, the weather apparently can’t believe it either because it’s been gorgeous! The boys and I have been spending the last few days of August swimming, playing at the splash park and languishing in the back yard to make the most of the end of summer.
But on Tuesday, that all ends as Zackary starts Grade 2 and Benjamin begins Pre-Kindergarten. Benjamin’s classes are four half-days a week and it will be my first year having both my boys in school for so long. It will also be the first time I have to pack lunches and snacks for both my boys almost every day!
So how am I going to keep those lunchboxes interesting? I have a few ideas and if you do too, Milk Unleashed wants to hear about them! Until September 27, 2013, enter the Milk Unleashed Lunchbox Makeover contest by submitting a photo or description of your most creative recipes and lunchbox ideas for a chance to win great prizes! Want a head start? Simply follow the Five Cs from Milk Unleashed to create the winning entry:
- Convenient – A package of string cheese is just as easy to toss in the lunchbox as a bag of salty, fatty potato chips. So is a box of raisins. And shelf safe milk. Keep some single-serve cartons in the freezer – then nestle one in the lunchbox, and they’ll keep the other items chilled until noon. Since healthy can be so easy, vow to pass on the junk!
- Colourful – Research shows that kids eat with their eyes, and many colourful foods are healthy options. Like baby carrots, red grapes and bright green edamame. Buy the red or green tortillas for wraps. Or make some pasta salad with colourful corkscrew noodles.
- Cut Up – Youngsters are much more likely to eat an apple (and other produce) if you cut it up for them. Especially if there is something to dip the wedges in…like peanut butter or yoghurt and honey. Try cutting a sandwich in four strips or little triangles. Or make a mini kabob with rolled up lunchmeat, grape tomatoes and chunks of cheese on a toothpick.
- Cute – Use a cookie cutter to shape a sandwich or vegetable slices. Get some fun printed napkins at the dollar store. Draw a smiley face on a banana.
- Cow – Embrace the cow! Dairy foods are packed with nutrients. Just one carton of shelf safe milk has 9 grams of protein and plenty of calcium and vitamin D. It’s just the right beverage to help kids learn and play all afternoon.
For an entire month’s worth of ideas for your lunchbox makeover, download the latest Cow Calendar.
If you’re still in need of a little extra inspiration, you’re in luck, because we’re going to be chatting about adding fun to the lunchbox in an upcoming Twitter party! Come join us on September 3, 2013 at 8pm CST for the #MilkUnleashed Twitter party and get some tips on how you can keep that lunchbox interesting and healthy for your child all year long!
And in addition to getting some lunchbox inspiration, you’ll have the chance to win one of five $50 Milk Unleashed prize packs or a grand prize pack of a $150 gift card, backpack and Milk Unleashed products worth $225! Please note that prizes are available to Canadian residents only but everyone is welcome to join in the conversation! View the official rules, then RSVP today and mark your calendar for some delicious and nutritious conversation!
Date: Sept 3, 2013
Time: 8pm – 9pm CST
Twitter Party Hashtag: #MilkUnleashed