It’s no secret by now that Alea is just about the pickiest eater you’ll ever come across. Okay, I’ve got to give her a little credit. She has been trying new things as of late and actually adding a few more foods and drinks to her “approved” list. One thing we do agree on when it comes to food is Pop Secret popcorn. It’s definitely one of Alea’s favorite snacks. She loves the great butter taste and I love that it’s a good filling snack of her now made with better ingredients. In addition to checking things off of our school supply list, buying new shoes (that hopefully don’t get ruined in the first 2 weeks of school), and making sure all of her jeans haven’t turned into capris, we’ve also been brainstorming some lunch box ideas for Alea for the coming year and Pop Secret has certainly made the list– along with a few other ideas we’ll share later on, as well.
And while we’ve been busy getting everything together for school, we’ve also been enjoying the last of our free time and watching the new season of Spirit Riding Free on Netflix– season 6 came out on 8/17/18. It’s been so hot and humid outside that we’ve been spending a lot of time indoors in the comfort of our air conditioning and this show has been a good companion for both of us. I love the problem-solving techniques she learns from the show– especially dealing with struggles with friends– and she just loves the horses! Mckenna is also a huge horse fan, so she doesn’t mind snuggling up to watch Spirit Riding Free with us, too.
As you see above, we had some fun packing a little practice lunch for Alea’s first day of school. She helped me to pack a “ham roll-up,” a cheese stick, crackers, apple sauce, and sparkling water. As a special addition we also popped some Pop Secret Homestyle popcorn and added some cheddar crackers to the popcorn for a little something extra. She’s already asked me to make this lunch for her “every single day.” So, I think we have a winner!
Here are some other lunch box ideas we have prepared for the upcoming school year:
– Homemade Uncrustable PB&J
– Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich
– Ham & Cheese sandwich
– Crackers with ham & cheese
– Soup (in her thermos)
– Tortilla roll-up
– Peanut butter cracker sandwiches
– Pop Secret popcorn — we bought ours at Walmart
– Pop Secret popcorn trail mix (We like to add raisins, chocolate chips, peanuts, and dried fruit).
– Mandarin oranges
– Apples sauce
– Cheese stick
– Peas or Corn (the make little cups similar to fruit cups with veggies)
– Aseptic Milk boxes
– 100% Juice boxes
– Sparkling water
– Water bottle
It certainly doesn’t have to be anything fancy, especially for Alea. As long as I know she’s getting her food groups in throughout the day between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks I’m a happy mama!
If your child is just as obsessed with Spirit Riding Free as we are, you should also check out these Spirit Riding Free activities!
Funny story: As I’m writing this post, I just realized that Spirit Riding Free is still playing on the TV and Alea’s playing with Mckenna in the other room. Of course, I’m still completely enthralled by the episode… #MomLife.
How are you getting ready for back-to-school?
What are your favorite lunch box ideas?