Dine out at a discount

It would be fair to say that no one enjoys the hardships of the weekly food shop, whether it be Mum, Dad or the children, it is frankly a period of time where stress boils over and arguments erupt. However, due to our current economic climate, many are having to cut back on their expenditure and the necessities in life are now more prominent than the luxuries. That weekly food shop starts to drag as time is taken to compare prices and seek out the special offers that are available!

…However, there is still hope yet thanks to MyDeals.com who allow you all to dine out at a discount. They have thousands of deals on offer so that you no longer have to scroll through search engines and by using their coupons codes the luxury of eating out can be enjoyed without having to worrying about your spend.

Furthermore, that weekly food shop no longer feels so gruelling thanks to the help online discounts have to offer!

Healthy Fuel for your Kids Snacks or Cold Lunches

The debate, or rather she hoped it was a debate, started when I told my daughter she would be having cold lunches this year with the option of hot lunch from the school only once per week. There was no real debate because even though the kids know how to vote, the rule is I am boss and while I take in their opinions, I do have the final ruling or decision to make.

I recently tested out Dole Real Fruit Bites and they were so delicious and nutritious, which means the kids will surely have some of those during school snack and lunch time this year! The reason for my love of Dole Real Fruit Bites is that they combine my favorites together fruit, yogurt and whole grain oats for a real tasty treat! With most packs being 90 calories, they are not only delicious but nutritious!

A recent study showed that 73% of parents (Wakefield Research for Dole Real Fruit Bites) snack on their kids snacks, why? Because it’s quick and easy. Think about soccer nights? I Know those are the nights I would be more likely to grab a bite of my kids treats without a second thought because they are crazy busy evenings!

Here are some lunch packing ideas for your cold lunch kids that are quick, easy and nutritious -

  • Add instant rice to leftover chicken or transform leftover steak into a hearty chili
  • Cut sandwiches into different shapes with cookie cutters, or write a note on a napkin
  • Dole Real Fruit Bites are made from real dried fruit, coated with yogurt and sprinkled with toasted whole grain oats – Kids won’t be trading this snack
  • Think outside the thermos, and try freezing a yogurt cup or a juice box
  • Grab snacks for your desk drawer or purse so you can have a quick bite

What are some ways you make cold lunches and snacks easier but healthy for your kids?

Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

My sons were able to try a new addition to their lunch and daytime snack routine with Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches
! Take note, my son Aj rarely smiles for a picture and he totally was happy about this new snack idea that he smiled right away holding it up for me to take a pic!

Apparently Aj had seen kids in his class have snacks similar or the same as the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches this year in Kindergarten. I was excited to hear that he was familiar with the brand and at least the concept of healthy eating!

About Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

  • Made with 100% natural fruit or fruit and vegetables
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins C & E
  • 2 servings of fruit or fruit/vegetables per pouch {One serving is ¼ cup of fruit or fruit/vegetable for toddlers}

Made For Toddlers

  • Easy for toddlers to self feed
  • Encourage independent eating skills
  • Come in a re-sealable pouch
  • Pouch is easy to take on the go
  • Fun to eat

Five Flavor Combinations

  • Banana Blueberry
  • Apple, Pear & Peach
  • Apple & Sweet Potato with Cinnamon
  •  Pear & Squash
  • Apple, Mango & Strawberry

Baby K took a more serious approach, because he is the youngest of three and he knows he better eat that snack up or else someone else is going to get it from him.

I tried all sorts of flavors with the kids, because I received a good sample package. Aj enjoyed having the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches as a special surprise inside of his lunchbox each day when he went to have his snack and lunch time at school. I took pride in knowing that my son was okay with me putting some healthy choices inside of his lunch box each day.

I certainly will be a Mom who buys Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches because after the stats I heard last week at an event in NYC, most kids get less than 10% off their servings of veggies and fruits daily, I realized just how little my kids really do get as I don’t eat the recommended amount for myself either. Thank goodness for Gerber for creating a fun, yet healthy & quick idea for snack time!

If you are looking for more information about Gerber please feel free to visit the Gerber website and connect with Gerber on Facebook.

Disclosure: My family received product samples for free. All opinions are truly that of my own.


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I Sit Alone At Lunch; Allergy is for Aj ??

This is Aj’s first week in school and every day after school I ask him how his day went. It’s like pulling teeth to get this kid to talk, he is the silent type after all. Eventually I get a full day story through out the evening together and while we sat at dinner Aj told Ki and me about his lunch time.

Aj says he sits alone at lunch, with no body else. Aj sits at a table that has his name on it so it’s HIS table and no one else can sit there. He’s talking away and telling us about how this table has his name everywhere when it dawns on Ki that he sits at the allergy table. Ki tells me that is where he does sit because he pointed out the table when she walked to dismissal with him the other day.

Apparently since Allergy and Aj both start with the letter A he thinks that the table is for HIM. This is a special boy to have a little ole lunch table in the school cafeteria with HIS name on it. I couldln’t help but laugh so hard!!! Ki says it says “allergy table” like all over this table and here Aj is thinking that it’s HIS special place and sits to eat a PB&J sandwich. Allergy table means no PB … it’s for students that are allergic to Peanut Butter. I surely hope he is either fibbing or there is no children allergic to PB in his lunch room.

Have to teach Aj that his full name isn’t Allergy, that way he can clearly see there is no other letters to his name in the word Allergy! For now I will let him go on thinking that he is KING of the kindergarten lunch time with a table set aside with his name all over it ;-)

Love that boy!

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Refusal To Give Child Hot Lunch

My daughter has eaten hot lunch for the past three years of school and after watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution a few times I began to question if my daughter was eating too many calories at school for lunch. Another bad habit my daughter started getting into one year was eating breakfast at school after I fed her breakfast. Ki would ride the bus to school & then join her friends for breakfast. I was not impressed! Hopefully this year that won’t happen.

After seeing just how many calories are in chocolate milk and some school lunches across the nation on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution I made a decision to start doing cold lunch this year. This decision was discussed with my daughter and we both agreed she could choose hot lunch maybe once a week but the remainder of the time she would have cold lunch. I am hoping by me knowing what she is eating for lunch I will better be able to get a hold on her weight gain.

When Ki is home with me I am very anal about her food intake. Bad metabolism runs in the family and apparently she was not so blessed with bad metabolism as well. Being active and watching our food intake is something we do as a family, not just singling out Miss Ki.

Ki goes to her Dad’s two nights a week overnight & apparently he wishes her to have hot lunch on the school days he brings her, which is fine, that is his choice on his days. I have no say in that fact. Now Miss Ki is upset because I had told her she could choose hot lunch maybe once a week but I told her that since she is eating twice a week when she is with her Dad overnight that she can’t choose hot lunch on my days unless for some reason it’s an extra special occasion at school for lunch or I ran out of food for lunches.

Miss Ki is upset with me, but in all honestly I want to fully test out if school lunches are not good for her in the way that it allows for higher calorie intake than her body can handle. I simply have that right as a parent to make a decision to feed my child the lunch I feel she needs for energy and healthy eating.

What do you think about school lunches? Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? Let me hear your thoughts.

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