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Swing Back-to-School with Libby’s® Canned Fruits and Vegetables
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Swing Back-to-School with Libby’s® Canned Fruits and Vegetables

By: Catherine Sebastian, MS, RD, CDN

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start gearing up and prepping the kids for the new school year ahead of them already!  It’s an exciting time as the kids get to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, meet their new teachers and tackle new subjects. 

But, the biggest challenge in transitioning from summer to school mode is getting back into the routine – figuring out bus schedules, setting alarms, planning transportation schedules for activities, etc. All of that and more comes as part of the back-to-school prep!

Now to think about food! What should my kids be eating? What can I make that is easy to prep? What will not spoil in a lunch box? So many questions, but luckily for you, Libby’s® Canned Fruits & Vegetables is here is help simplify things in the kitchen!

Preparing the kids’ meals is an important part of the back-to-school routine as you’ll need to figure out what to serve for breakfast while making lunches that are tasty and quick to prepare during the crazy mornings, and then dinners that are easy to make for after school activities. But with Libby’s® Canned Fruits and Vegetables there’s no need to slice and dice which  helps to reduce prep time. And the best part is that you can keep cans in your pantry throughout the school year to save some money to purchase school supplies!

Here are some nutritional tips to help you prepare for the back-to-school season and to help your kids focus at school:

  1. Don’t skip breakfast – I am sure you have said this to your kids time and time again, but reinforcing it never hurts. Breakfast is the foundation of a healthy day as it provides fuel and energy needed for the day. Studies show that there is a positive effect on academic performance including assignments, participation, and mathematics for kids who eat a hearty breakfast each morning.
  2. Lunchbox power – Packing lunch for your child can be more beneficial and cost-effective than having them buy lunch at school. Ensuring that their lunch has a protein, carb – fruit and veggie, alongside a healthy treat will create a well-balanced lunchbox to help fight off the afternoon crash. 
    1. Libby’s® Vegetable Cups fit perfectly into lunch boxes making them an easy and fun way to get kids to eat their veggies. They are easy to open, portable, and best of all, taste great! Vegetable Cups come in Cut Green Beans, Diced Carrots, Peas & Carrots, Sweet Peas, and Whole Kernel Sweet Corn.
  3. Afterschool snack – In addition to school work, kids are constantly burning energy to meet the high cellular demand needs of their growing bodies. It is important kids replenish themselves accordingly and an afternoon snack is the perfect time to do so. Preparing something simple, easy and tasty is key especially before they head off to their afterschool activities.

Below are breakfast, lunch, and after school snack recipes to give you a head start on your back-to-school prep for the kids:

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Breakfast: Apricot Turmeric Chia Pudding

Prep this the night before to save time in the morning!

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Lunch: Mini Chicken Pot Pie

Make these mini pot pies on Sunday and refrigerate to have on hand for the rest of the week!

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Dinner: Easy One Pot Taco Stew

This one pop taco stew minimizes prep and clean up time by just throwing all the flavors together into a bowl.

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For more recipe ideas and inspiration, check out Libby’s® Recipe Box and on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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