Yummy and healthy summer eats that make great back to school meals

19 Aug

Back to school is right around the corner, so that means parents have to come up with interesting ways to prepare school lunches and after school meals that are both delicious and nutritious. Whether it’s grabbing a healthy snack to go, cooking for the family and friends or making a great snack that you’ll never get bored of, below are some wonderful, savory and healthy food choices that will be sure to agree with everyone’s palate.

Below are some of my top favorite brands and foods that I discovered from Food Fete and Editor Showcase earlier this year, that are guaranteed to be mouth watering and good for you!

Applegate’s lunchtime time saver, Half Time is loved by both kids and adults too! These convenience and satisfying lunch boxes are made with ingredients that don’t contain antibiotics, preservatives and artificial ingredients, so you can feel good about serving your loved ones. Applegate makes them with the yummiest, highest quality and totally natural ingredients . The flavors are: Applegate All-natural Ham, Classic Applegate American cheese, Annie’s Buttery Rich crackers, Annie’s Friends Bunny Grahams and a strawberry Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers yogurt which all make up the secret formula for satisfied, happy kids. These are made wtih antibiotic-free meat, hormone-free cheese, and organic snacks and dairy, so parents can feel at ease about serving them to their kids.

Arnold Bread consists of nutritious and cholesterol free Sliced Breads and Sandwich Thins Rolls that contain whole grains, zero grams of trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup! You know Arnold Bread uses only simple ingredients to bake its breads that are both delicious and nutritious, because you will not feel bloated after making a sandwich with them. Its premium breads are whole grain-based with lots of variety and great taste, so they make a satisfying sandwich and a happy tummy.

Bare Snacks‘ addictive, savory and healthy snack called, Coconut Chips are very yummy, and they come in five mouth watering flavors: Simply Toasted, Show me the Honey, Sweet and Heat, Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. Bare’s Coconut Chips are 100% natural, contain no preservatives, gluten free, provides a good source of dietary fiber, non GMO, no refined sugars, baked and never fried. School is right around the corner, so now is the time to replace fried, fattening and greasy chips for a Bare Snacks Crunchy Baked Coconut Chips!

Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet are made of the finest quality ingredients, and the proof is in the taste! After eating Ciao Bella gelato and sorbetto, you can’t have just any frozen dessert! Here are some must-try flavors, which are so addictive and sinfully delicious: Bourbon Caramel Chocolate, South American Dark ChocolateSea Salt Caramel, Dark Cocoa, Marion Blackberry Cabernet, Sicilian Blood Orange, and White Peach Sangria.

Dr. Praeger’s burgers are healthy veggie burgers which taste so good that you won’t think twice about them actually being healthy! For example, The Kale Veggie Burger is made with quinoa, brown rice, millet, kale and nine other vegetables. It’s low in sodium, GMO free, has no saturated fat, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. The Black Bean Burger consists of black beans and brown rice, that is kosher, GMO free, and has no saturated fat, so you may no longer want a regular hamburger. The Asian Burger contains carrots, onions, broccoli, scallions, red peppers, and seasoned with garlic, soy and ginger, making it nutritious, flavorful, full of fiber and no trans-fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.

Eggland’s Best eggs are not only delicious, but they have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients! Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs contain 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D, 10 times the vitamin E and twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain 38 percent more lutein and provide a good source of vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 and B12. Eggland’s Best’s motto is “Better taste. Better nutrition. Better eggs.” Its eggs are of the highest of standards because it rejects more than 600,000 eggs a day, if they don’t meet its requirements to receive the EB stamp.

Horizon Dairy offers organic milk, macaroni and cheese and lunchbox meals, all made with organic ingredients! Its Mac and Cheese is so yummy and full of rich, organic cheese and organic pasta. For major cheese lovers, definitely give Horizon Cheese a try, especially the Cheese Sticks which is wonderful for an on the go snack.

Lifeway makes tasty and healthy kefir, which is fermented milk drink made with a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter, that comes in different flavors and varieties such as low-fat, non-fat, Greek, organic and low-carb. Many people are leaning towards probiotic and when it comes to healthy eating now, so definitely try Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir, which is made from all natural ingredients a try. It tastes tangy, delicately sweet, light and refreshing. Other Lifeway products that kids will be sure to love are ProBugs, ProBugs Blast, and frozen ProBugs.

PB Fit peanut butter powder is very delicious and low in fat. They’re better than peanut butter, because they are low in fat and they taste great. PB Fit gently roasts the peanuts, have 75% of the oil pressed out, and then ground it to a fine powder with a bit of sugar and a of salt. The result is a delicious, all natural peanut butter powder that has only three ingredients, contains 75% less fat than peanut butter and nearly one third the calories. This is an excellent alternative to regular peanut butter, especially with obesity in America. To serve, just add water and mix into a peanut butter spread.

Peacock Brand rice-based, gluten-free noodles are so very delicious, light and healthy! Many people feel bloated after eating a plate of pasta, but their tummies will never feel expanded after having some Peacock Brand noodles! Peacock noodles are light, delicious and healthy. Peacock products have consistent and premium quality so you can feel good about feeding your loved ones its wholesome and natural rice noodles. The entire noodle series: Brown rice spaghetti, Rice spaghetti, Brown rice vermicelli, Rice vermicelli, Basmati rice spaghetti are naturally fat-free, gluten-free, cholesterol free, contain no preservatives and are also Non-GMO Project verified.

Popcorn Indiana’s FIT tastes yummy and are only 40 calories or less per cup. Talk about having a guilt-free snack! They’re crispy, made of whole grains and full of flavor. FIT popcorn comes in the following flavors: Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Real Butter. You can’t go wrong with Popcorn Indiana FIT, because they’re only 40 calories or less a serving, all natural, gluten free, made of whole grains and have zero trans fat. Other delicious mouth watering flavors are Drizzlecorn Popcorn which will be a huge hit, because they taste like gourmet popcorn!

So Delicious Dairy Free makes healthy frozen desserts, beverages, cultured products, and coffee creamers, that are so yummy, that you would never know they’re dairy free and egg free, Non-GMO Project Verified, plant-based and Certified Vegan. So Delicious uses organic ingredients when possible and its entire coconut line is made with organic coconuts. It doesn’t use artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or trans fats, so you can indulge on its delicious frozen treats which are lower in calories, sugar and sodium. So Delicious Dairy’s coconut milk-based products, such as Cococcino Coconut Milk Iced Coffee – Latte and Mocha, So Delicious Dairy Free Gluten Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert, So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Mini Novelty Bars are so incredibly yummy and guilt-free, are only 80 calories per serving, that you’ll think it’s too good to be true!

Stoneridge Orchards is highly regarded for its premium dried whole Montmorency Tart Cherries, berries and other whole fruits, such as blue berries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries. They make all-natural and organic dried fruits that are not only yummy, but they are the perfect summer and back to school. Try adding them to trail mixes, yogurt, hot or cold breakfast cereals, baked goods, pasta sauces, wine and cheese, and you’ll be addicted to them too. The most delicious dark chocolate covered cherries, which are 70% dark chocolate dipped cherries that are made with whole fruits and they contain no artificial colors, flavors, hydrogenated oils or sulfites, so they are guilt-free when it comes to snacking. Stoneridge Orchards also makes cranberries dipped in dark chocolates (great for Thanksgiving treats such as putting them in cookies) and blueberries dipped in dark chocolates, which are great for chocolate lovers, such as myself!

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