Back to School Guide 2015 Kids Product Reviews

Back to School Guide – Lunchbox Ideas

Disclosure: I received the items below to facilitate my review. All opinions stated are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. #BacktoSchool #BTS2015
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Kids will be heading back to school very soon. Do you pack your child’s lunch/snacks? I pack my son’s lunch every day so I am always looking for healthier options for him. I’ve tasted all the products below and have enjoyed all of them. I also have my kids taste them too! After all, they will be eating it. They both gave a thumbs up to the products below. I hope I introduced you to some new products to try for your child. 

Genuine Thermos Brands – Children’s Lunch Kits and FUNtainer Products
thermos productsPacking your child’s school lunch everyday can be a challenge if you have no where to place food that needs to be maintained hot or cold. Thermos FUNtainers can help with that! Kids FUNtainers can hold food hot for up to 5 hours and cold up to 7 hours. The double wall vacuum insulation offers maximum temperature retention whether is it hot or cold. They are made with durable stainless steel material. Plenty of space for soups or pastas. The Thermos FUNtainer bottles keep drinks cold up to 12 hours! It has a hygienic push button lid with pop up silicone straw as well as a carrying handle. It has a non-slip, scratch resistant base and made with the same durable stainless steel material.

PackIt
uptownPackIt freezable bags work just like a refrigerator on the go, chilling food and drinks up to 10 hours. The secret is the cooler’s freezable gel liner. Once the bag is frozen, its walls generate waves of cold air that chill your food and drinks from all sides. Roomy design with wide base fits extra-large containers. Iceless cooler made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas and waterproof EVA. PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free. Perfect for kids who bring their lunch to school and need a lunchbag that will keep their food cool for hours.

Repurpose
Say hello to Repurpose®, a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet. We make products exclusively from plants and we are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment and offer high quality, durable, and guilt-free renewable alternatives. Repurpose’s new sturdy single-use cups, bowls, plates, forks, spoons and knives are made from corn, sugar and bamboo, all of which are annually-renewable resources. And unlike traditional plastic or even paper items, all Repurpose products are 100% compostable in an industrial composter in 90 days (instead of sitting in a landfill forever).

Aardvark Eco-Flex 

Aardvark straws

Aardvark paper straws, the only safe, durable and authentic paper straw on the market. With more than 200 customizable designs available (NFL, NCAA, chevron stripes, holidays, etc.), these paper straws are the essential school lunch asset to your kids’ chocolate milk, juice, water, etc. Aardvark recently introduced the Eco-Flex, the first bendable paper straw ever to be created – similar to a plastic straw. However, while plastic straws are among the top 10 debris items found in oceans and beaches, Aardvark’s green straws decompose in just 45-60 days.

Slammers Super Food Snacks
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Perfect for Back-to-School lunches and sports, Slammers Super Food Snacks by Kids Gourmet just released new line of protein Slammers Snacks for summer 2015. Created to be delicious, easily digestible & instant fuel for active kids, Watermelon Kiwi Burst and Pomegranate Grape Crush each have 7 grams of protein per pouch. Slammers are made with certified organic fruits so no nasty pesticides and fertilizers! No added sugar or artificial ingredients. Read my review.

Revolution Foods 
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Revolution Foods (a company founded by 2 moms) is committed to transforming the way America eats by providing access to great-tasting, high-quality meals for families across America. Revolution Foods launched a line of high-quality, ready-to-eat lunchbox kits called Jet Packs (and this month: Dynamos), available at retail.

Dynamos (protein power bites):
* Balanced: it’s hard to find snacks that will keep your kids hunger at bay and won’t spike their sugar levels
* Nutritional highlights: 6g protein, single digit sugar, 10g+ whole grains

Jet Packs (on-the-go lunchbox):
* A convenient, ready-to-eat lunch Moms feel good about and, kids love the taste of!
* Meat raised with no antibiotics
* Cheese from cows not treated with rBST

Juicy Juice Splashers
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Juicy Juice Splashers, a refreshing 50/50 blend of filtered water and fruit juice in a pouch, that are perfect for lunch boxes and on-the-go snacks.  Available in four kid-favorite flavors, including Fruit Punch, Berry Lemonade, Peach Mango and Tropical Twist, this drink pouch has 50% less sugar than the leading juice. No artificial colors or sweetners. Juicy Juice Splashers are slated for nationwide availability at Walmart stores starting in August and the approximate retail price per 10-pack of 6 fl. oz. pouches is only $2.99.

Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter

Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter is a delicious peanut-butter alternative made from naturally sweet and “nutty” tasting yellow peas, but without a trace of peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, or soy. Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butters are produced in a nut-free facility and are all natural, soy free, gluten-free and contain no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils and no artificial colors or flavors. Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter is available in two varieties, Sneaky Chef Smooth No-Nut Butter and Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter, both available in 18 ounce jars as well as 6 ounce grab-and-go cups and is an indulgent peanut butter alternative that is so good, everyone will love it, allergies or not!

SkinnyPop
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SkinnyPop starts with a premium popcorn kernel, sunflower oil and the perfect amount of salt. From there, Pure Popped Perfection™ says it all. Our popcorn has no GMOs, gluten or preservatives, making SkinnyPop a tasty, guilt-free snack. No artificial ingredients • Non GMO • Gluten Free • Dairy free • Peanut free • Tree nut free • Preservative Free • No artificial flavors • Zero trans fat • A good source of fiber … AND DELICIOUS!

Setton Farms 
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About Pistachio Chewy Bites
With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites NEW 2-Bar Pack provides healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop.
About Dark Chocolate Pistachios
Available in 5oz bags, these sweet treats offer the heart healthy benefits of pistachios along with the amazing qualities of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Dark Chocolate Pistachios are definitely a sweet snack that you can feel good about, these power-packed treats are a must-have item for your pantry or office drawer.

Love with Food – Monthly Snack Subscription

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Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $7.99/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Frontier Bites
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Frontier Bites, a healthy alternative to energy and snack bars, made with 8 simple ingredients and no refined sugar. Kids love the crunchy, not-too-sweet flavor and flexible portions while parents love the clean nutritional profile.

  • NO Refined sugar
  • 8 simple ingredients
  • Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free
  • Non-GMO Certified
  • Under 110 Calories per serving

Frontier Bites are available nationwide in 3 naturally delicious flavors
(Almond Blueberry Lemon, Pecan Cherry Cinnamon, Macadamia Pineapple
Coconut) at select retailers, and on Amazon.com.

Pirate’s Booty
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Pirate’s Booty, Aged White Cheddar is made from puffed rice and corn, blended with real aged white cheddar cheese and baked perfectly to the highest standards. The cheddar cheese has been aged to perfection to get the best taste–enjoy this great and delicious snack with your family. Pirate’s Booty aged white cheddar is all natural, baked, and kosher. It is free of trans fat, gluten, and cholesterol and it contains 130 calories per serving and 50% less fat than regular puffs.

Cosmo Creations
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Every bag begins with pure, natural corn, baked in the oven for a taste that’s out-of-this-world. Every bite is an explosion of flavor and a mouthful of happiness. It’s easy to brag about what’s inside every bag, but what’s excluded—gluten, trans-fats, hulls, kernels, preservatives and additives—is even more important. Just all-natural ingredients you can pronounce, and a taste that’s almost heavenly.

Bud’s Best Cookies
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What mom isn’t interested in saving a few dollars? Bud’s Best Cookies’ budget-friendly products have been saving moms money on their grocery bill for decades, and now moms all over the country can order our cookies and have them delivered to their doorstep, making snacking and saving that much easier! Snack packs are great for moms because they’re easy to grab, portion controlled, fast, good for lunches and parties, etc.

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To Help Sneak In An Extra Serving Of Fiber – These portable Carrington Farms Flax/Chia Paks are easy to toss into a lunchbox or keep stashed in your child’s desk for a healthy snack with no refrigeration required. The Flax/Chia Paks are a combination of Carrington Farms’ popular sliced Organic Milled Flax Seeds with Carrington’s Organic Chia Seeds. Excellent source of energy and nutrients for lasting heart health and boosted metabolism, the Paks are rich in Omega-3’s, Fiber, Antioxidants, Protein.

To Help Moderate Sweets – Depriving kids of sweets when they really want them only results in temper tantrums and tears. Instead, let them indulge in an occasional portion controlled (and lunchbox sized) sweet treat, like Bauli Mini Croissants – just 50 calories a pop! Made in a REAL oven with no preservatives and naturally leavened dough, the mini croissants are available in two delicious flavor fillings: chocolate and vanilla custard.

To Help Cut Unnecessary Sandwich CaloriesFull fat mayo can tack on unnecessary calories and fat (plus it goes bad sitting for hours in a lunch box), so consider using mustard on your packed sandwiches, like this squeezable mustard from Colman’s Mustard instead. It has been around for over 200 years and continues to be a staple ingredient in kitchens across the world at just 10 calories per serving!

To Help Cut Down On Unhealthy Snacks Viki’s Granola Snack Size Packs are the perfect addition to complete any lunch box. Unlike other granolas on the market that have harder textures and clusters, Viki’s granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you pronounce and no artificial aftertaste. Officially the fastest growing granola brand in the U.S., Viki’s is sodium and gluten free with no added sugar or preservatives.

Ready to Bake Liquid Batter
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What if you could create authentic French desserts in convenient single-serving sizes — and it only took around 10 minutes? With the new Ready to Bake Liquid Batter cakes, brownies and blueberry muffins from PrePat’33, a family-owned company based in Bordeaux, France, now you can. Easy, fast and delicious, the Ready to Bake Liquid Batter products represent a revolutionary breakthrough in baking technology and French-style cake making.

The following Ready to Bake Liquid Batter products were introduced to the US market in 2015 (all bake in about 10 minutes unless otherwise specified):

  • Salted Butter Caramel Lava Cake: Based on a traditional French recipe; contains gourmet salt from Brittany.
  • Chocolate Lava Cake: Rich, decadent, ooey-gooey goodness.
  • Chocolate Cake: Indulgent and loaded with real cocoa.
  • Brownies: Bakes in about 25 minutes. A French take on an American classic.
  • Gluten-free Brownies: Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious!
  • Blueberry Muffins: Bakes in about 25 minutes. Loaded with real blueberries.

Symbuzzles
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A mom of three and phonic fanatic, Helene Hughes, from Evergreen, Colorado created these wonderful “love your kids in a flash” SYMBUZZLES. It is packets of loving messages for kids that you can put in their lunch box, under their pillow, with a meal, in a sports bag. They love getting them and solving them. What’s great about Symbuzzles is that it engages the child in the puzzle which gets their brain moving! What a great idea for the younger student – parents put notes in lunch boxes – but this takes it to the next level – stay connected and keep them thinking!

What’s your favorite lunchbox item for your child? 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson

    What great highlights for back to school lunchbox ideas! I am curious about the No-Butter and would love to try that right now!

    August 7, 2015 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am always looking for new lunch ideas for my boys and I definitely got a whole bunch here. I want to try that no-nut butter.

    August 7, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Jacob Fu

    These are such great options for lunch! I feel like when I was in school it was much simpler. Not as many options and definitely not as many healthy options 😛
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    August 7, 2015 at 11:59 am
  • Reply lisa jones

    Such Great Ideas Love The Bags I’ll Have To Get A Few Thank You!!

    August 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    I really like those Symbuzzles. I used to put notes in my kids’ lunchboxes and those would be even more fun.
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    August 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    So many great ideas. I’ve been thinking a lot about lunch ideas again for my kiddos since they were home schooled all last year and are anxious to go back to school!

    August 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Mykidsguide

    I am always on the lookout for new lunchbox ideas for my picky eaters. I love your suggestions.
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    August 8, 2015 at 3:23 am
  • Reply Rosey

    The No Nut Butter would be great to try. I’ve always wanted to try those pirate snacks too.

    August 8, 2015 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Wendy

    So many great products! I never knew there was a no nut peanut butter! I know a 7 year old who would love the frozen lunch pack. I want to try some of these healthy snacks!

    August 8, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    Those thermoses are really cute! I especially like the love notes to include in their lunches. I used to do that for my girls when they were little.

    August 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Michele D

    Usually my kids start off the first couple weeks of me making them a lunch so fruits are always a plus to put in their boxes. Those are great suggestions by the way.

    August 9, 2015 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Maria-Teresa A.

    Great ideas for lunch! I’ve shared it with my sisters for their kids. My niece would absolutely love the packit bags!

    August 9, 2015 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Adrienne

    Love with Food seems like a really neat subscription box. I’m always interested in being introduced to new yummy items.

    August 10, 2015 at 7:24 am
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