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3 Flavor-Themed School Lunch Ideas ( + Kroger gift card giveaway!)

Posted Aug 07 2013 10:41pm

Kroger MIU collage

 

Guess what? My big kids start back to school ONE WEEK from today! Guess who’s excited? THIS GIRL! You guys know how I am…I’m a happier mom when we’re on the school schedule and Jonah and I have our “alone” time. We’ve had a fun summer, but I. Am. READY.

So, when Kroger came to me asking if I’d like to be in on a back-to-school lunch-making challenge, I was all for it. My engine was already revved up! Now, I am not very creative with school lunches, but that’s pretty much because my kids are p-i-c-k-y, especially Sophie. So instead of designing my delicious, nutritious, affordable school lunch ideas around a cutesy theme, I designed them around FLAVOR. Flavors that I KNOW my kids will eat. And so, I present to you:

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Of course I made all of these ideas with ingredients I bought at my local Kroger, at a price that’s nice! I’m still enjoying their fuel points I earn for purchasing and loading their easy-peasy digital coupons  (you can click right there to load some – you’re welcome!) to my Kroger Plus card to help me save too. Another thing I love about Kroger? My kids’ school receives 4% back on my purchases as part of the Kroger Community Rewards program. A BIG bonus!!

So anyway. You know I love Kroger. (Especially when there’s a mega-event, right?!?!) Here are the school lunch ideas I made for my kiddos based on their favorite flavors.

Berry Bonanza

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My kids, they love the berries! Here’s what I used for this lunch.

Kroger Brand Yogurt & Berries rice cakes $1.39

Old El Paso flour tortillas $1.97

Kroger Brand creamy peanut butter $2.00

Polaner All-Fruit spreadable raspberry fruit $2.69

Driscoll’s blueberries $2

Driscoll’s strawberries $2.50

And here’s how it turned out:

Berry Bonanza Collage

I sliced the strawberries, left the blueberries whole, threw in some rice cakes, and made a peanut butter and raspberry wrap. Yum! A very fruity twist on the regular PB&J, with lots of sweet fruit and a crunchy flavored rice cake treat.

Next up? The kids’ very favorite flavor of all:

Peanut Butter Blitz

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For this lunch I used:

Kroger Brand Round Top wheat bread $1.00

Kroger Brand bagged apples  $3.99

Kroger Brand peanut butter $2.00

Kroger Simple Truth brand lemon-yogurt covered almonds (sooo GOOD) $3.79

Kroger Brand celery hearts $1.49

Here’s how I created a Peanut Butter-themed lunch!

PeanutButterBlitz

For this lunch I made a classic peanut butter sandwich (PB only is Sophie’s favorite!), added in some crunchy celery smothered in peanut butter, sliced apples, and a container of peanut butter for dipping. A sweet bonus? Simple Truth lemon yogurt-covered almonds – a different kind of nut flavor, but one that both my kids devour! I love the products from the Simple Truth line!

And now, for my last creative lunch idea:

The Cheeser Pleaser

I personally adore cheese and I am very suspicious of anyone who doesn’t! Here’s what I used to put this lunch together.

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Cheez-it crackers $2.88 (only $1.88 after the mega-event, HOLLA!)

Hillshire Farm honey ham lunch meat $3.99

Kraft American cheese singles $2.99 ($1.99 after the mega-event!)

Old El Pasto flour tortillas $1.97

Kraft string cheese $3.49

Kroger Brand baby carrots $1.49

Here’s how I put together these cheesy treats:

Cheeser Pleaser

This is pretty much as simple as it can be! I made a wrap sandwich out of the tortillas, ham, and cheese singles. The string cheese stands alone as do the Cheez-its (one of Sophie’s main food groups, by the way), and I added the carrots because they were orange and healthy. This is a very cheese, crunchy, satisfying lunch!

So, what do you think of my school lunch creations? I think they’re simple and tasty – just the way my kids like them! I hope you really like them and will re-pin them by clicking here (this goes directly to the pin) – because I’m in a contest with other bloggers to win a $250 Kroger gift card, and the blogger with the most re-pins wins! You have to re-pin the original pin I linked to. Pinning it yourself won’t count, so please re-pin and help a sister out! The contest ends August 16th so please re-pin me now! :) Thank you!

To further entice you to visit Kroger for you school lunch needs, I’ve got a $25 Kroger gift card giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me what YOUR favorite school lunch was as a child

2) Re-pin my pin ( click here  to re-pin – don’t create a new pin!) and then come back to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.

It’s that easy! The giveaway will end August 16th as 5 pm –  happy entering and re-pinning!

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