Back-to-School Snacking with NatureBox & Lunch Tips

It’s back to school week over here. My oldest started 2nd grade yesterday and my daughter started kindergarten! As much as I will miss having my daughter around, she has gotten to the point where she just wants to do stuff all day. Since her two youngest siblings take up a lot of my time I just can’t keep her entertained enough. She will do amazing at kindergarten and her awesome big brother will be there to keep an eye on her.

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Nowthat I have lunches to pack again on a regular basis, I love having new ideas. I am not sure who gets bored with the lunches more- me or the kids. These snacks from NatureBox are the perfect thing to keep things interesting. They have such a great selection I had a hard time choosing, but I tried to pick things the kids would really like.

What is NatureBox all about? NatureBox delivers an assortment of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door.  When you join NatureBox, you’ll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or be surprised with their carefully curated selections.

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What I love about Nature Box?

  • You will find snacks made with wholesome ingredients- no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.
  • Something for everyone. Do you have food preferences or allergies? Nature Box has over 100 snacks to fit every palate!
  • Convenience! NatureBox snacks are perfect for getting back into the swing of back to school, whether it’s in the lunchbox, carpooling, or for after school snacking.

These were the tasty treats found in my Nature Box. The kids loved them all and get to chose one item per day to put in their lunch. Check out the NatureBox snack catalog to see all the options.

PB&J Granola

soft & chewy- tastes just like a good ol’ pb&j

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Dark Cocoa Nom Noms

A chewy cookie with a chocolatey almond flavor

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Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews

It’s hard to find these without the color additives and the high fructose corn syrup, but these are made from carrot and strawberry juice. Yay!

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Blueberry Nom Noms

These taste like a healthy oatmeal cookie. These were our least favorite, but we still enjoyed them.

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Mighty Mix

a perfect balance of sweet and salty

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I know I often dread packing lunches but here are some tips to make things go a little more smoothly.

Tips for Packing Lunches

  • Rotate your entree- I keep a list of things the kids like and post it to my fridge. It’s not rocket science, but sometimes my brain just doesn’t work at night or early in the morning when I am packing and it helps to see ideas.
  • Try to incorporate most food groups- is there a fruit, veggie, carbohydrate, a protein and/or dairy item? It helps to piece it all together.
  • Stock up on the right containers. Nothing wastes time more than trying to piece together multiple piece of Tupperware or hunt down those reusable bags. Keep everything in a designated drawer and make sure you have the right amount for the number of people you are packing for.
  • Make lunch fun! Pack a note, include a homemade or healthy treat like trail mix with a few chocolate chips. Those little treats go a long way and make everyone happy.
  • Subscribe to a service such as Nature Box where you’ll be introduced to new and healthy snacks each month! It will keep you and the kids from getting bored and make lunch a lot more fun!

 

Click HERE to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

 

Do you pack lunches? Have any tips to share? Have your tried Nature Box yet?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts

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As you’ve probably figured out by now, I am not a big red meat eater. Although I do appreciate all food, I prefer eating a lot of plant-based foods along with occasional chicken, fish and seafood. It’s not that I don’t ever buy meat, it’s just when I am craving protein I usually go to chicken first. I can get a chicken dish on the table in no time.

Tyson® Fresh Chicken is mindful of the challenges that busy families face during mealtime preparation. Their goal is to bring families together in a healthy, yet achievable manner. I love the versatility of chicken, the fact that it’s a lean protein and easy to prepare; perfect for any busy day of the week. Plus my whole family, including the kids, loves chicken.

If we were to have it several times a month it would it would be different each time. The most popular ways we prepare our chicken would be: grilled and added to salads, smoked with a dry rub, sautéed for chicken fajitas, boiled for chicken salad (to have for sandwiches, with crackers or to top salad), slow cooked in the crock pot for chicken tacos or pulled BBQ chicken. These are seriously just a few of our standard ways to eat chicken.

Luckily the commissary stocks mainly just Tyson Fresh Chicken; it’s affordable, all natural* and has no added growth hormones or steroids**. When they say fresh, they mean it. It is delivered to your store within days of leaving the farm. Good to know! What I also like about Tyson Fresh Chicken is that it’s raised from a family of farmers of over 75 years! Coming from a family they know how crazy mealtime can be and they help by hand-trimming each piece to save us time!

Today I’m sharing a recipe I’ve had over the years for a simple grilled chicken topped with creamy avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese or, as I like to call it Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts.

 

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Avocado and cheese elevates those plain ol’ grilled chicken breasts and really creates a satisfying meal.

I made up a lime marinade with a bunch of spices but you could do any marinade you like and top it with any cheese you like. I put provolone on my kids because they don’t like the spice of the Pepper Jack. It’s a very easy recipe to customize to your family’s preference! You could easily grill your chicken indoors during the winter months or use the skillet or oven to cook your chicken before proceeding with the toppings. This is really can be made year-round!

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You can marinate the chicken ahead of time, like I did, and have it ready to go for grilling. That way you’ll have dinner in under 30 minutes! Hope your family enjoys these Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts.

Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-2 1/2 pounds of Tyson chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 avocados (~2-3 slices per chicken breasts)
  • Pepper Jack cheese (or cheese of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine spices in a small bowl. Add lime juice, olive oil and spice mixture to a large bowl or large zip lock bag. Add chicken breasts and marinate for 1-4 hours (or longer).
  2. Heat grill to medium heat. Grill chicken, turning once, until browned and cooked through (170 degrees), about 10-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  3. Top each chicken breast with a few avocado slices and a slice of pepper jack cheese (or your cheese of choice). Turn grill down to low, close lid and let cheese melt, ~2 minutes.

Notes

*Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.

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