Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

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Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

My boys have one week left of school, just one more week!  They are looking forward to summer and frankly, so am I.  I may be singing a different tune come August but for now I welcome the more relaxed schedule for them.  My schedule however, doesn’t change all that much because it’s summer time so I have to adjust a bit to keep things working smoothly here at Casa Gonzalez.
One big difference that happens in the summer is that both my boys will be taking their lunches to camp daily.  My oldest (12 years old) usually eats at the cafeteria during the school year, but once he enters camp, he will be taking his lunch with him daily.  My youngest (5 years old) always takes either lunch or a snack to school.  He is the kind that if he doesn’t like his school lunch, he won’t eat until I pick him up, so a heavy snack is necessary.  Since I am already thinking of different lunches to send my boys off with, I have partnered with one of my favorite snack companies – Mott’s® – to bring you summer lunch ideas for kids!

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

The Mott’s Apple Juices are a treat for my boys.  I want them to make smart snacking choices and there is no better time to learn than when you are young.

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

There are a lot of options for lunch or snacks that are fun and nutritious.  My kids like crunchy things, (I think we all do) so I like to add a few veggie chips to their lunches.  Mott’s Apple Juice and Mott’s Applesauce are a staple in their lunch boxes.  I usually buy them the original flavors but there are applesauces in various other choices, such as Mott’s Apple Cherry which is a new flavor.  Also, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt… so many options so that they don’t get bored with lunch.

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

And the trick to lunches made easy?  Having a stocked refrigerator.  I tell my boys which are their snacks for home and which are for camp.  They know that the deli drawer is my camp stash.

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

Most of the time, their lunches look like this.  That little sandwich that you saw in the picture above, is a Cuban Medianoche.  Do not fear, I will translate.  Medianoche means midnight and these sandwiches became popular in Cuba many moons ago when they were traditionally served as a midnight snack in restaurants.  This is an adaptation on the sandwich because they are made with fresh roasted pork and are finished off on a press…yum!

But we are keeping it easy over here – it’s the summer after all!  I just make the sandwiches with a sweet Hawaiian bread roll, a slather of mayo or mustard (or both), roasted ham, roasted pork (or even turkey, if you want), swiss cheese and a pickle.  Voila – Mini Medianoche!

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

I want to teach my boys about eating smart now that they are little.  My boys don’t like every vegetable or fruit, so I just find the ones that they like and I alternate them in their lunch bag.  The most important tip is definitely to keep your pantry or refrigerator stocked and organized so that in the morning, before the coffee has taken effect, you can quickly throw together a delicious summer lunch for the kids.  A finishing touch is a little note that I add to my 5 year old’s bag.  If I did this to my 12-year-old, there would be consequences to pay.  :-)

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

One more thing!  There is a super cool offer that you can take advantage of – I did!  I found all of the products in this post, sans the lunch bag :-) , at Walmart and I was sure to keep my receipt.  Why?  Check out the offer details below:

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

You will notice that the products have The Secret Life of Pets characters on packaging.

  • Purchase any 3 Mott’s Juices or Applesauces to Receive a Free Childs Ticket (Mott’s on pack offer) for The Secret Life of Pets
  • Purchase any 5 Mott’s Juices or Applesauces to Receive an additional $8 movie voucher  Note: Offers can be stacked – Purchases of 5 are eligible to receive the Free Childs Ticket as well as the $8 movie voucher

It’s really easy to do…below is a screenshot of when I did it.

Summer Camp Lunches Made Easy

If you want more details of either promotion, you can click here :

I hope you all enjoy your summer.  The school year went by so quickly and I think summer will too.  Enjoy every minute of it, snack wisely and stay safe!

 

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

I am so excited to finally be able to share with you this new product that I have been using and loving, called Rubbermaid® fasten + go.  It is new and will be available at Target starting 12/27.  So far I only have one but I am marking my calendar so that I can buy a few more when they are finally available.  So what is it exactly?  Well there are 3 kits available – an entree kit, a soup kit and a sandwich kit. 

I have seen lunch kits before in the stores, but this one is different!  The Rubbermaid® fasten + go kits features:  

  • A removable carry strap that allows for easy transportation 
  • Smaller containers can be removed for customizable meals
  • Containers can be nested for compact storing
  • Lids snap to the base to allow for secure transportation
  • BPA-free, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

So far I have only tried the sandwich kit, which consists of the following:

    • Base perfect for square or rectangular bread
    • 1 side container – 1 cup capacity
    • 2 snack containers – ½  cup capacity each
    • Outer lid
    • Removable strap

 

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

This is how the kit is packaged at the store, and it is really easy to open and close.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

Sandwiches

First, I wanted to try it out for it’s intended purpose – sandwiches.  My husband often comes home to have lunch or he takes lunch with him.  Here is a simple and delicious sandwich with turkey, havarti cheese and avocado.

Note:  Avocado tends to oxidize pretty quickly, so I brush a little olive oil on the slices of avocado and that seems to keep the color.  I still haven’t found a method that will completely stop them from loosing their green color, but the olive oil seems to work even better than the lemon juice.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

It ended up being a pretty thick sandwich.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

But it still fit nicely inside the container.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

Healthy Eating

If you are looking to start (or continue) eating healthy, the little containers are a great way to portion your sides or snacks.  Below, I placed a hard-boiled egg inside one small container, almonds in another and celery and hummus in the medium container.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

For my boys I would serve a similar lunch, minus the avocado.  I added a small portion of miniature cookies and some veggies with ranch dip.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

Sewing Kit

Of course the organizer in me took over and I started finding other uses for the fasten + go kit.  Here I set up a little sewing kit.  This is great for those of us that can’t sew very well, but need to hem some pants or add a button here and there.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

Jewelry Kit

A jewelry kit!  I recently went on a cruise and all my necklaces were tangled with the earrings by the time that I unpacked.  When I place them inside the kit, they each have a separate compartment and I love that!

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

For now, I will use mine for lunches but as soon as they are released in January I will buy a few extras for organizing items around the house.  The kits are available in 3 colors – smoke grey, seafoam green (mine) and marsala red.  I think I will buy the grey ones for storage and another seafoam green for our lunches.

Food and Storage Needs With Rubbermaid®

Do you make lunches for yourself or your family?  Do you have a tip for keeping avocados green?  Help a girl out.

 

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