Non Sandwich Healthy School Lunches

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Before you go off thinking my kids have a Paleo, gluten-free, Whole30 or sugar-free diet, let me be clear. I am the peanut butter and jelly queen. I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with a good lunch sandwich for school every now and again, but I also want my kids to grow up experiencing and enjoying all types of food. Produce isn’t cheap, and I’m not big into forcing my kids to eat, but I want them to understand that fruits, veggies, protein, and proper hydration are a necessary part of their diet. My oldest (almost 5) is a big eater and he will try just about anything. With my youngest (almost 3), food can be a battle and sometimes the struggle is REAL. That all being said, I don’t want you to read this post and think our family’s got it all figured out. We don’t.

If your kids (and you) are ready for variety, quality nutrition, and shaking things up a little when it comes to lunch time, this post is for you! We’ve put together a list of our 5 favorite Non Sandwich Lunch ideas! Before we get t0 the healthy veggies, fruit, protein, and dairy, let’s talk hydration. Living in the desert has its perks. I’ve lived in Las Vegas my whole life, so I’ve never had to shovel snow or go out in a blizzard. BUT it definitely has its drawbacks. Making it through the summer properly hydrated can be a challenge! Some days it feels like we are living on the sun.  Regardless of where you live, giving children the adequate amount of water they need every day is a MUST. Each lunch idea we came up with is paired with Nestlé® Pure Life® Water, which can be found in the bottled water aisle at Walmart.

Packing a lunch gives kids an opportunity to get properly hydrated with water!

Water is THE healthiest option for hydrating. I’m always sure to pack several bottles wherever we’re headed.

Robin Plotkin, culinary, and nutrition consultant forNestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, gives the following tip for hydration and I think it’s a great idea.

“Prep ahead a week’s worth of bottled water, like Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, for lunches or on-the-go events at one time. Store in the freezer and remove when needed to stock lunches, backpacks, or gym bags. The water will be ready to drink when your child is ready.”

In addition, to great tips, a survey, conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® demonstrated that a majority of kids say they prefer a homemade lunch (57%) over a school bought-lunch. This preference for packed lunches offers a key hydration opportunity for moms – packing a bottle of water can help increase a child’s water intake for the day.

By packing your child’s lunch you’re not only giving them healthy food, but a great opportunity to drink up that water!

Did you know that kids who drink less than 4 glasses of water a day are 76% more likely to request soda, juice, and sports drinks? And 97% of moms think making one healthy choice leads to making other healthy choices. -© 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.

I know that when my kids are properly fed and hydrated they don’t seem to want as much junk. Anytime I can get an opportunity to be proactive about their health, I’ll take it! Once you’ve got your Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water it’s time to pair it with a healthy lunch!

1.  Turkey and cheese roll, carrots, cucumbers, and mixed berries.

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2.  Tuna or Chicken Salad (with Stay Fit Mom’s Homemade Mayo, apples, and celery) paired with sweet potato chips, cherry tomatoes, and ants on a log with dark chocolate instead of raisins (because you gotta live, people).

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3. Hardboiled eggs, greek yogurt, strawberries and broccoli.  Yum!

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4.  Diced chicken with BBQ sauce, bell peppers, carrots, peanut butter pretzels, and blackberries.  My Sieger Bear’s favorite.

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5.  Pepperoni, diced chicken, Stay Fit Mom Homemade Larabars, cheese stick, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and a banana.

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These non-sandwich healthy lunches paired with Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water are sure to give your kiddos the energy, nutrition, and proper hydration they need for a successful day at school! At, moms can share tips and tricks that they use to teach their kids about the importance of staying healthy and hydrated. With this movement, moms will be empowered to send their kids off to school each day fueled and hydrated.

To ignite The Ripple Effect movement and encourage kids to get the water they need throughout their day, Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year at over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All-Stars.

I’ve shared my tricks with you on how we use Nestlé® Pure Life® Water to create a delicious back-to-school lunch! What is your favorite way to use it for your family?

To help your family Drink Up and be a part of the Ripple Effect check out and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect.  You can find Nestlé® Pure Life® Water on Facebook too!

“We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.”– © 2015 Nestle Waters North America Inc.

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