Today’s post is all about the back to school lunches, but while there’s a recipe it’s actually more about the child than the lunch. I know, that sounds weird. But I wanted to tell you how we rock the lunch box at our house. It all started with a little inspiration from Rock the Lunch Box and Honest Kids and don’t worry, you’ll still get a recipe and a giveaway if you scroll down. Our little one is in 2nd grade this year. Holy crap. I can’t hardly believe it. Anyway, she comes home famished from school and you can just tell that her brain is a little fried as well. Especially last year. And so we’ve got this pistachio fruit and yogurt trail mix to help!
Our sweet little one went through a period of being picked on last year for, wait for it, having too big of eyes and eye lashes. Truth. And do you know what I said? “My dear, one day all of those mean girls will be jealous that you don’t have to put fakesies on your eyes because they are already gorgeous.” Seriously, kids can be so mean. Which is why I decided to take charge in the best way I knew how, building up our little one instead of worrying about the mean kids. Heaven knows I got picked on for being “skinny” when I was younger and now, well now those girls are all wondering how to lose the extra 50lbs they’ve put on. And, you leave high school and realize that the rest of the world could care less about anything and you just get to be your own self, finally. Isn’t it the best feeling?
So, back to lunch. We had two things we wanted to do concerning lunches. First, avoid school lunch as if it’s the plague. Sorry folks, but pizza with a side of fries or french toast and a cookie are not lunch. I can and will do better for my little one because A. I want her to learn good habits now, and B. school is a long day and I remember how tired you get. I want our sweet girl to have the energy she needs to make it through the day.
Second, I wanted a way to influence our little one from home for good. I wanted her to know she was being thought about, supported and loved. She doesn’t need mean people in her life, and there are far too many kids that could use her sweet smile and friendly disposition in their’s so we decided to act.
For us, rocking the lunch box means that we choose awesome snacks like Honest Kids, Annies, Organic Valley etc. I choose to make a lot of my own homemade goodies, like this trail mix with pistachios, fruits, and white chocolate chips, but I love to throw in something that’s still healthier and delicious but I don’t have to prepare it.
So I take care of her body first, then I bust out a cute note, sometime a simple one sometimes over the top, write down a quick story about something that made me think of her, a funny joke, or even just a special treat with an, “I love you” note. It’s simple, I know. But in the end, she loves it. She loves knowing that I’ve taken the time to think about her and it gives her a little break, or distraction from the school day. The bullying may be over for her this year, but she still has the world pounding on her and I’m bound and determined to have her know who she is and that she is loved, regardless.
So tell me, how do you rock the lunch box? How do you influence your children even when they aren’t with you?
Are Pistachio Nuts?
Pistachios are a tiny nut that is packed full of nutrition.
These small nuts contain protein, fiber and a wealth of vitamins and minerals.
Can Pistachios Cause Allergies?
A person can be allergic to pistachios.
If you are allergic to cashews, you will likely be allergic to pistachios also.
Are Pomegranates Good For You?
Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, which can help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation.
Pistachio Fruit and Yogurt Trail Mix
Pistachio Fruit and Yogurt Trail Mix
- 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Dehydrated Strawberries
- 1 Cup Pomegranate Yogurt Bites
- 1 Cup Shelled Pistachios
- 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
- 1 Cup Craisins
- 1/2 Cup Raisins
- Place everything in a ziploc bag and shake to mix.
Enjoy all day long or as a snack for lunch.
Yield: 1/2 gallon sized ziploc, Serving Size: 1
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 3133 Calories
- Total Fat: 164.5g
- Cholesterol: 65.5mg
- Carbohydrates: 387.2g
- Fiber: 42.8g
- Sugar: 294.1g
- Protein: 66.9g