Back to School Lunchbox Favorites

This is a sponsored post from Stonyfield. All thoughts, as always, are my own.

I received semi good news yesterday – NO SURGERY needed!

The foot/ankle specialist that I saw yesterday thinks that the Os Trigonum is not the root of my problem. My location of pain and the size of it doesn’t indicate it. So I’ve got another diagnosis, FHL Tendonitis. It’s a condition that usually occurs in ballet dancers but also affects long distance runners due to repetitive forefoot push-off and extreme plantar flexion.

Basically, he thinks I had a partial rupture of my big toe tendon (in addition to Posterior Tib Tendonitis) since there’s still a lot of inflammation in that area, even four months later. Thankfully, there are two tendons that connect to your big toe. If one is injured or removed, the toe can still function. So back to PT I go for Iontophoresis for four weeks to see if that helps. If not, than we’ll go from there. Fingers crossed!

soccer stars  happyfitmama.comFall sports are starting back up. You know what that means?

It’s back to school time!

It’s hard to believe that my kids’ will be starting Kindergarten next week.

In a way, I’m ecstatic. I’ve already been dreaming of how I can go to yoga class during the day on my days off. Of how I can plow through my giant to-do list without any interruptions. Of how I can spend the day on the couch watching brainless TV if I really want to.

In another way, I’m really, really sad. It’s the end of an era. We got to enjoy the perfect mix of school days, Mama days and a Daddy day for the past 5 years.  It’s come to the time where my babies’ will be spending more time during the week with others than with Ron or I. But it’s time. They need to spread their wings and grow their brains. It’s a part of growing up after all.

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When my kids’ first went to daycare, I had to pack all of their snacks and a lunch. I had a system down pat. When we switched schools, 3 years ago, I didn’t have to do any night before prep – everything was included.

With their new school, there is the option to buy or pack a lunch. We’ll be packing for two reasons. One, the school lunch choices aren’t that good. And two, my kids’ are choosy (aka picky). So it’s back to doing the night before lunch and snacks prep for the kids’.

Some of their favorite foods are restricted due to school allergen policies so I’m on the hunt for good ideas. One thing that is always welcomed with a smile is anything from Stonyfield. We usually buy the big quarts of plain yogurt and add in fresh or frozen berries. For some extra school pizzazz, I may toss in a Squeeze. The kids’ tried the StrAWESOME and concluded that it was in fact, awesome. Another Stonyfield favorite is the yogurt tubes (frozen to stay cold longer). I’m sure either one will bring a smile to their face. Maybe their teacher will even share the cow joke with everyone?

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Here are 15 more kid approved, lunchbox friendly ideas – from a meal to snacks, this list covers a lot:

Pink Pancakes

3 Ingredient Cookie Bites

Sensational Tahoe Crunch Sandwich

Reduced Sugar Slow Cooker Granola

Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies

Protein Packed Energy Bites

Zucchini Muffins

Ultimate Healthy No-Bake Snacks

Lower Sugar Homemade Fruit Snacks and Veggie Chips

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup

Veggie Bean Quinoa Bites

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

Easy Chicken Kebabs

What are the essentials in your kids’ or your own lunchbox?

26 comments on “Back to School Lunchbox Favorites

  1. HOORAY for no surgery!!! And yes, all the fingers and toes crossed for PT to help and work over the next month. You’ve come so far…I have a feeling your start line is nearing!
    And HOORAY to going to yoga and getting all the things done without two appendages. It’s definitely hard but you’re right, the time has come. Good luck and THANK YOU for all the lunch ideas. I certainly need them!
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  2. No surgery is fantastic news! I hope the next four weeks take care of things for you and you can put it behind you.

    Milestones with kids are hard, at least for me. My son heading off to high school this week left me with a big ‘ole crying session on Monday. I’m already better, but it’s those first moments of change that are so hard. I hope your two have a great first week!
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  3. Good news on no surgery! Hoping you make some progress with the new plan. So crazy this is still haunting you. Positive thoughts for some progress!!
    I do enjoy the kids going back to school. I miss the organization and schedule during the summer, although we are having a good time, but I just function better with some structure!
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  4. I remember when my twins went to Kindergarten and it was a bittersweet day. Mine were only 4 turning 5 in late September. Once they are in school it flies by. Like a flash. Just warning you. This is when you’ll wake up, which will seem like tomorrow and they will be in Middle School. I’m sending you a big Mama hug as your beautiful children start this new and exciting chapter. Thank you for link up- I pack the granola with Stoneyfield yogurt, fruit and a healthy muffin- it’s one of my kids favorite packed lunches.
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  5. Hooray for no surgery! Hopefully all the PT helps and you can get back to pounding the pavement.

    I’m always on the lookout for lunch ideas. I have an extremely picky eater, and with the no nut policy at our school, it’s hard to find something he likes. I could use a little variety in my lunch as well!

  6. Good luck with the kiddos going back to school. I have twins too – they’re going into the 3s at pre-school. I can’t even fathom how I’ll be coping when they go to K! Thanks for including my veggie bean bites in your roundup!

  7. Good news on the surgery front. Injuries are no fun!.

    Thanks for the lunch ideas. I needed some new ideas to add to the circuit.

    Hang there on kinder. I cried the first day but this year I was singing as I dropped them off. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my kids. But summers on a working mom are rough!
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  9. Good for you! Now you get some alone time while your kids are in scool full time. I mean after sticking them in daycare for five years you totally deserve that daytime yoga:)

    1. You must be a new reader since you would know that I work outside of the home part time and stayed home with my kids twice a week. I would usually attend yoga classes in the evening after they went to bed. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! :)

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