13 September 2013

Build a Nutritious Packed Lunch Box with Horizon Organic - Plus a Giveaway!

As the kids head back to school with their lunch boxes in hand, it's important to remember that nutrition is key to not only keep kids focused in class and to promote strong growing bodies, but good nutrition also teaches children the importance of good food choices and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.  Horizon Organic, a leader in organic dairy knows the importance of nutrition and wants to help parents pack better lunches for their kids this back to school season!  Horizon offers a great variety of delicious certified organic dairy products to choose from.  One item Horizon recommends for creating a nutritious packed lunch is their Horizon Milk with 32mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes.  These single serve milk boxes are available in both Vanilla and Chocolate flavors.  You get both the nutritious benefits of milk with the added benefits of 8mg of protein, Vitamins A and D, Calcium, and DHA Omega-3 to support healthy brain development. 

 Interesting Fact: Horizon Organic milk boxes can be safely stored in the pantry until you're ready to chill and enjoy!

Horizon Organic has partnered with nationally registered dietician Elizabeth Somer, author of "Eat Your Way to Happiness", "Age-Proof Your Body", and "Food & Mood" to create 5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please, a resource parents can utilize to help put together nutritious and tasty lunches for their child!  What I love most about this resource is that parents and children can actually go through the list together which features mix and match food options, which you can then use to mark selections you both agree on to then use as a shopping list.  How handy is that?  The Horizon website also features some fantastic recipes the whole family can enjoy!

5 Lunch Needs:  So what are the 5 lunch needs required to make sure your child has a well balanced, nutritious lunch?  It's recommended that you follow the simple guideline below concerning the following five food groups.  I have listed some great examples from the Horizon website for lunch tips for these groups, but feel free to click here for many more healthy suggestions offered! 

Meats, Eggs, & Legumes - Recommended 3-6 ounces/day
Options: Hard boiled eggs, baked chicken, hummus, and veggie burgers

Vegetables - Recommended 1-3 cups/day
Options: Baby carrots, sweet potato sticks, baked zucchini, and green peas

Fruit - Recommended 1.5-2 cups/day
Options: Apple slices, unsweetened applesauce, berries with plain yogurt, and fruit shish-kabob

Whole Grains - Recommended 4-7 ounces/day
Options: 100% whole wheat bread, whole-grain pita chips, whole wheat crackers, and air-popped popcorn

Low-fat Milk & Calcium Rich Foods - Recommended 2-3 cups/day
Options: Horizon Organic Milk with 32mg DHA Omega-3 Singe Serve Boxes, string cheese, fruit parfait made with low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt, and smoothie made with low or nonfat milk.

I recently had the opportunity to sample the Horizon Milk with 32mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes in my own home with my four girls.  I'm always trying to find new ways to pack them healthy, yet tasty school lunches they will enjoy and Horizon has certainly won them over!  I have to admit they immediately wanted to try the Chocolate milk (typical I suppose!), and they said it was delicious!  It wasn't long before they were asking me if we could start buying them for their lunch boxes from now on.  Given that I'm big on getting more organic foods into my family's diet, as well as the added protein, vitamins and DHA Omega-3 that these milk boxes provide, how could I say no?  I tried each of the flavors myself (both Chocolate and Vanilla) and they really were tasty!  I can see why the kids enjoyed them so much.  The girls also tried the Vanilla and they gave it a thumbs up as well and said they would love to have both flavors as lunch options.  I think we found a new addition to our lunch boxes around here and I admit I will probably be sneaking a few every now and then!

Attention Parents:  You can find 6 Box Tops on the 18-count packages of Horizon Organic Milk with 32mg of DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes at Sam's Club Locations!

Giveaway Time!

How would you like to win some Horizon Organic Single Serve Milk Boxes so you can pack some nutritious lunches for your child or even yourself?  One lucky reader of Textbook Mommy is going to win the same review pack I received (20 single serve boxes of mixed flavors, both Vanilla & Chocolate).

Details: Open to U.S. residents, ages 18 years of age and older.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or an alternate winner will be selected.  Entry is via Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway Ends: September 30, 2013 at Midnight EST

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* Disclosure:  I was provided products from the above mentioned company in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions stated in this review are 100% mine and are not a result of any outside influence.  Textbook Mommy is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

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