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Just a few weeks into the school year and I’m already getting stumped on back-to-school lunches.
Jon David started junior high this year, and he’s buying his lunch at school for the first time. Apparently lunch boxes and cute notes from mom aren’t cool in the 7th grade? Sounds like a rip-off, if you ask me.
So here I am, preparing lunch four days a week for my new favorite child who still has the decency to be my baby (just kidding about the “favorite” part – us moms know that that depends on the day and who got the most sleep the night before). Lucy can be picky at times and her preschool is pretty diligent about making sure that each child has been packed a well-rounded and nutritious lunch. So it can a be a struggle to keep her lunches nutritious but interesting enough that she doesn’t get bored.
Dole Mixations are always a perfect healthy “dessert” that Lucy never tires of! These one-of-a-kind fruit fusions showcase imaginative combinations of smooth fruit sauces (she is CRAZY about applesauce) with chunks of real fruit. There are five different flavors, so it’s easy to switch them up and I always know that she will lick the cup clean! Because these tasty treats feature non-GMO fruit, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors, I can feel good about her enjoying them. And no judgy side-eyes from the preschool teachers. Hooray!
I love adding little notes (and even the occasional photo I printed off my phone) to Lucy’s lunch, so I love that Dole Mixations have a spot for writing right on the label! I often let Lucy help me pack her lunch (I have found that she enjoys eating it more if she had a hand in preparing it) and sometimes she loves to draw herself a doodle as well. We also use lunch-packing as a lesson in responsible eating habits. It always makes me proud to see Lucy make well-rounded choices for her lunchbox.
She’s an alright kid, I guess.
Be sure to look for Dole Mixations with the canned fruit and applesauce at your local grocery store. They check all the boxes – fun, healthy, delicious, and easy!
Lucy gives them TWO thumbs UP!!