New Year’s Lunch Resolution with Del Monte ~ #thinkoutsidethelunchbox

by Erik

I hate lunch. Ok, maybe that’s a bit strong. I dread lunch. That’s more appropriate. Not for me, for mini-me, aka my daughter. And by dread, I mean I dread making lunch, not eating lunch. I could go the easy route and let her buy lunch at school, but you know what happens? We spend money, she barely eats, and then she comes home from school starving and devours everything in sight. The hubby and I don’t really like that option. We prefer the option where she actually eats a somewhat healthy lunch. So we pack. The problem is that with packing comes repetition. With Repetition comes waste. And with waste comes the Dark Side.

Sorry, had a little Star Wars moment there.

But with a new year comes new opportunities. We’ve had a couple weeks off (when did Christmas break get so short?) and we’re ready to get back into the business of making lunches again. And with the New Year comes a resolution to try and brighten things up a little for mini-me. It’s time to “Think Outside the Lunchbox”!

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Some things are easy to do. For one thing we change up the bread. It’s actually kind of gratifying to hear her say she likes the whole wheat bread from Nature’s Harvest®. Seriously, sometimes it’s that simple. White bread one day then wheat bread the next. Sometimes they actually notice the little things like that (I know, amazing right?).

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I’m also convinced sometimes that my kid is destined to become a fruititarian. That’s a real thing right? Because she loves fruit. Like she could sit there and just eat fruit for hours. So aside from her usual banana or strawberries we have also been switching in some Del Monte® Fruit cups. Bonus, they come packed in juice and water, so she can actually drink what’s left. Double Secret Bonus, specially marked packages of Del Monte Fruit cups at Walmart have “Think Outside the Lunchbox” $5 in instant savings through March (or while supplies last).

Need a few ideas? Check out these FUN Recipes!!

Toasted Cups

Monte Cristo Roll Ups

Tada, just like that, by making a few simple changes … or perhaps I should say by adding a few new additions to the lunchbox family, we are able to brighten up mini-me’s lunchbox, feed her yummy food, and bring her home looking for a snack instead of ready to eat everything including the kitchen sink. It is possible to keep our little one’s lunchbox fresh and new with simple selections from some of our favorites. More to come in the coming weeks ….

This post is sponsored by Del Monte, but all opinions are my own.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 18, 2017 - 4:14 pm
Del Monte is a great company. I buy their fruit all the time. I get everything from their cans to their fruit cups. It's good stuff.
Paula Schuck January 18, 2017 - 4:15 pm
Well, that's pretty awesome. I usually just eat the fruit straight out of the container. I'll have to give some though to how I use it the next time I open up a can or a cup of Del Monte. Thanks!
Ann Bacciaglia January 18, 2017 - 9:37 pm
Del Monte has so many great products. I love to snack on the fruit cups.I am always looking for new ways to change up the kids lunches.
Claudia Krusch January 18, 2017 - 9:37 pm
I love to think outside the box for lunches. My kids love Del Monte products.
Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) January 18, 2017 - 10:20 pm
I do hate when lunches go to waste! I think this fun way to make lunches interesting and edible too would be a good way to spruce things up! Maybe lunches will get devoured instead of picked over!
Destany January 18, 2017 - 11:32 pm
My son is such a creature of habit with his lunch. These ideas might be a way to get him to break out of the mold and try something new!
OurFamilyWorld January 19, 2017 - 12:13 am
My family loves fruits, so I make sure we always have them in stock. I would love to try the fruit cups.
My Teen Guide January 19, 2017 - 7:11 am
That's really cool and amazing! This is really looks good and fantastic food and healthy!
Terri Ramsey Beavers January 19, 2017 - 9:44 am
What cute ideas and Del Monte is a favorite around here. We grab it as our on the go snack and after school snack option.
Michele d January 19, 2017 - 11:02 am
Such a simple and great lunch idea! Love starting the new year eating healthier.
Eloise January 19, 2017 - 4:35 pm
thanks for sharing this, I'm always trying to think of new ways to make lunches for my kids and I... it's good to get out of the usual... I'll give this a go...
Jonna January 19, 2017 - 5:03 pm
I'm always looking for new ways to mix up our lunches, they get old really fast. Del Monte fruit cups are some we haven't included yet, we'll have to try them out!
Robin masshole mommy January 19, 2017 - 5:18 pm
Both of my boys love Del Monte peaches. They get them in their lunches almost every day.
Jennifer January 19, 2017 - 5:24 pm
That's pretty great! I keep Del Monte in the house at all times. I love to put their fruit in my yogurt and cottage cheese. Yum.
Jeanette January 19, 2017 - 6:37 pm
We've a lot of these products for my son for his lunch box. He loves the fruit that we give him in his lunch box. I like different stuff in his lunch each week so it doesn't get boring.
Amy Desrosiers January 19, 2017 - 8:15 pm
I really think these are so adorable lunch ideas. My kids are all about the cutesy lunchbox stuff.
Diana Hansen January 19, 2017 - 8:17 pm
I've been thinking outside the lunchbox for years. I used to make cute bento lunches for my daughter each day. Now she makes her own lunch.
gingermommyrants January 19, 2017 - 9:07 pm
Monte Cristo Roll Ups sound like a great lunch idea. I have been looking for new ideas for lunches. Del Monte fruit cups are always a hit.
Shannon Gurnee January 20, 2017 - 12:27 am
Lunch time can definitely be stressful when you have a picky eater! Sounds like you are on the right track to making it fun!
Toni | Boulder Locavore January 20, 2017 - 3:34 am
I love these ideas! My kids love Del Monte fruit cups so I'm definitely trying these.
Emily, Our house now a home January 20, 2017 - 10:01 am
I am always having to change things up for my kids with their lunches, otherwise it all comes home uneaten. We use the fruit cups a lot for lunches, they are always a big hit.
Lynndee January 20, 2017 - 11:10 am
I am definitely going to make those fun lunch ideas for the little one. He can be very picky you know, but I think he's going to love those.
Jenn January 27, 2017 - 1:20 pm
OMG, I know right.. Kids can be sooooo picky
Making Our Life Matter January 20, 2017 - 11:10 am
These are great lunch ideas for grown up lunches as well! I always use Del Monte in our lunch boxes. And yes, I had to chuckle at your Star Wars reference.
Kelly Hutchinson January 20, 2017 - 1:19 pm
I am always looking for new ideas for my lunch as well as the kids. Del Monte is our go to brand for fruits and vegetables, so I am on board!
Jenn January 27, 2017 - 1:19 pm
Mine too, Love Del Monte!
Mishelle G February 16, 2017 - 4:42 pm
Always looking for ideas for my son's lunch!! Thanks! M
Linda Manns Linneman July 27, 2017 - 7:40 am
DelMonte has great products. I love their fruit. Thank you so much for sharing this

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