Easy Back-to-School Lunches with Del Monte

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First Day of School

As I opened my eyes this morning, the realization that my daughter is starting school this year gripped my heart.  Of course I worry what she’ll study, how she’ll socialize, and a million little things but what really has me troubled is that my little girl is growing up.  My baby.  My daughter who just learned how to sit up on her own yesterday…or so it seems.  While writing this I see a carousel of photographs twirling in my mind.  This gallery of memories brings burning tears to my eyes.  I can’t believe she’s growing up so fast!  Cherish each day.  That’s this mama’s motto.

While I can’t slow her down, and I don’t want to {entirely}, I can do my best to make sure she gets all that she needs to succeed.  Starting today, I’m going to be more purposeful in working with her.  We’ll have a set time to study and have structured play.  Not only will I get to help her learn but I’m excited about this one on one quality time with her.

In addition to purposeful activities I’m going to be more intentional with the meals I provide.  Before now it’s been easy to eat leftovers for lunch and throw together a bowl of cereal for breakfast.  I want to take the time to provide more nutritious meals for her.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while actually and back-to-school time seems like a great time to reevaluate and make changes.  I’m thinking of a dozen different ways to make crock pot oatmeal for busy mornings and a handful of different fruit combinations for lunch.

Bento Ideas

While at Walmart the other day I noticed these fruit cups were on sale on the end cap of the aisle.  I love a sale and fruit cups happen to hold a tiny space in my heart.  Every single time I eat them I’m reminded of eating canned fruit with my dad.  It was a special childhood memory that I look back on fondly.  It seemed that all the back-to-school shoppers had flooded Walmart at once so I ventured down the aisle to browse the fruit cups without the fear of being trampled.  There I found something pretty amazing!  No really, amazing!  Fruit Burst Squeezers by Del Monte have a pack with fruit AND vegetables inside.

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squezers

These are great for on the go, a quick snack when Mommy has her hands full with the baby, and for back-to-school lunches!  There. are. vegetables. hidden. inside.  This is every mom’s dream come true.  {Okay, maybe mom’s that need to get out more – myself included.}

Girl With Fruit Squeezer

She gave them her seal of approval – Success!!

Del Monte Coupon

Right now, while supplies last, you can get a free back-to-school photo offer from select Walmart Super Store Print Shops with purchase from August 1 – September 13 while supplies last. If your store is offering the promo, and if you participate in the free back-to-school photo they offer you’ll receive $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2) Fruit Burst Squeezers.

Easy Back to School Lunches

Are you having back-to-school woes like me? Do you have any coping techniques or back-to-school lunch wisdom you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it if you do!

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  1. This is a great school lunch. It’s healthy and fun. If you don’t have the combo, they won’t eat it.

  2. We go through a lot of fruit in our home, even the fruit pouches because they’re yummy, nutritious and easy for on the go snacking. We don’t have little ones in school anymore but we’re a very busy family so healthy go-to snacks are pertinent.

  3. What a super healthy lunch. LOVE IT. My kids would be fans.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My boys are ALL for anything that comes in a pouch, so we will definitely have to pick some of those up!

  5. We eat these Fruit Bursts every day! My son loves them! Such fun and unique lunch options!

  6. My kids love these squeezable snacks. I love giving them to the kids because they are a healthy alternative for them after school and for lunch!

  7. I really like things like this to keep on hand for my girls. I feel like I am giving them something good.

  8. My kids have loved these kinds of food items since early on. It is something I don’t mind giving them either.

  9. My kids are mostly grown and I still like to buy those Fruit Bursts! They are great for snacks when we are on the go.

  10. I seriously love that they added veggies to these fruit squeezes. My kids eat those up like candy! And so now I can sneak in some veggies now too! Love it!

  11. These are great- and an awesome price! I love having simple snacks on hand!

  12. This looks like such a lovely healthy lunch. Can you make one for me too? I want to try those Del Monte Squeezers. Have you tried freezing them? Seems like they’d be good to keep the whole lunch cold.

  13. That is one healthy lunch! You’ve got protein, dairy, fruits, and veggies. Good job, mom!

  14. My kids love, love, love these… and I love, love, love that they are getting some veggies even on the go… We use them not only for a lunch snack but even for an afternoon snack!

  15. I love how you used those reusable cupcake holders to divide your foods! What a great idea! Also, my daughter loves practically anything from Del Monte!

  16. My kids love squeezable fruits/veggies. We might have to stock up for the school year!

  17. Pouches like this have been our saving grace recently, since my toddler has decided that she no longer wants to eat breakfast of lunch! I’ll definitely have to try these!

  18. This time of year is so bittersweet, so proud of our kids but it seems like time is passing by way too fast. Thanks for the lunch ideas, I’m gathering them all up – needed this!!

  19. I get a little bummed when it’s back to school time. I love seeing the kids having fun over summer vaca.

  20. These are a must have item! They’re always on my shopping list.

  21. I have been busy packing lunches for my kids too. I like your ideas!

  22. Those pouches makes lunch packing so much easier. Easy for kids to use and no mess cleanup!

  23. We really like the Del Monte fruit cups. Perfect for school lunches.

  24. My girls love squeezable apple sauces. These are great for lunches, super easy and healthy.

  25. Those are really affordable compared to a lot of the pouch products out there. Will pick some of these up!

  26. My son loves applesauce pouches, but it’s been a while since I’ve tried other pouch foods. I’ll need to check these out. They’re perfect for lunchboxes!

  27. My kids love those squeeze pouches! That lunch you packed looks delicious.

  28. We love these things. They are such a great way to keep it healthy!

  29. I keep seeing these Del Monte FruitBurst Squeezers. I really need to get them – I think my daughter would love them!

  30. Amy Desrosiers says

    Wow, I remember when E was just a baby!!I cannot believe she will already be starting school!! How nuts is that!

  31. This lunch looks so good… I think I want one too! Love the fresh fruit too.

  32. My kids love these! They are perfect for lunch or a quick snack.

  33. I love those squeezy fruit pouches. They’re just brilliant for getting fruit in on the go!

  34. Packing lunches gets old quickly. I love when I can find ready made things that my kids like that are healthy.

  35. When my son was in Kindergarten I had the hardest time getting lunches together. This is a great option. Now we homeschool – so lunch is easy!

  36. That picture of her on the porch is adorable! I need all the easy solutions I can get for back to school.

  37. Your lunchbox looks so nice and healthy! Those pouches are a great way to add some lunch fun that is still healthy!

  38. Looks really convenient too! My son would definitely love this!

  39. These look great for lunches and snacks! We will have to try them out!!

  40. That’s a very healthy lunch. You got all the food groups in there, and it looks delicious to boot!

  41. Those are perfect well balances lunches! Love your ideas.

  42. It’s about time to start packing lunches again. I’ve got to get prepared, and Del Monte is always a good choice!

  43. Love del monte! Such a great idea for lunches…. We use bento box lunches too!

  44. This is such a cute lunch box. I love the idea of putting small servings in the baking cups.

  45. All four of my kids love the Del Monte Fruit Squeeze. Heck, even I love them and they make lunches and snack time easy!

  46. What a perfect little lunch! I hope she had a wonderful day at school!

  47. These are perfect for young kids’ lunches! I hope she enjoys her new adventures at school.

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