*This is a sponsored post in cooperation with Organic Valley, Stonyfield Organic & other Rock the Lunch Box brands, bringing you yummy content plus a giveaway!
We’re all inundated with back-to-school deals this time of year, matching prices and clipping coupons. But is it really a good deal if the product isn’t a wholesome food we’d normally feed our kids?
Because at Clean Couponing we’re frugal with more than money, we’re looking for real food. Even when we buy packaged, processed foods for convenience, we’re scanning for recognizable ingredients without a bunch of fillers, preservatives or artificial colors.
An entire spectrum of colors is available when lunch planning starts in the produce aisle, garden or farmers’ market. Those are all great places to get kids involved.
I asked my young daughter to draw her dream lunch for school. She spent a lot of time designing a very pretty tote, then she clearly indicated she likes strawberries, milk and chocolate. While I’m not promising candy bars at lunchtime, I can agree on chocolate milk sometimes, IF it’s organic milk from Organic Valley’s dairy cooperative.
Chocolate milk is a part of the healthy lunch we created along with other foods from Rock the Lunch Box participating brands.
Most importantly, my daughter helped me choose fresh carrots, cherry tomatoes and a bell pepper from the produce section and picked green beans from our little organic garden. She really likes watermelon, so I tried mixing that up with cantaloupe since they’re priced low at the end of summer. Another time, we’ll put strawberries in her lunch box; and when we can’t find great deals on fresh fruits, we’ll use frozen.
We created a mini-wrap using tortillas from Rudi’s Organic Bakery, leftover pasta sauce, turkey and bell pepper. She had a little ranch dressing for dipping her crisp vegetables, and a colby jack cheese Stringles from Organic Valley. Plus, we cut a circle of Rudi’s gluten-free bread and added almond butter for a high-protein addition to her lunch. It’s likely the Annie’s chewy granola bar and Honest Kids juice will get saved for her snack later in the day.
You’ll find hundreds more fun lunch ideas plus cool coupons at rockthelunchbox.com. Getting dollars and cents off wholesome foods you’d want your kids to eat: that’s what we call “clean couponing!”
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We tried another Rock the Lunch Box combination at the Flour Sack Mama blog!
Thanks to the fun #RocktheLunchbox brands for food samples & lunch gear.
This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.