*This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
I grew up in the 90’s. A time in our nation’s culinary history where children were served science experiments instead of food.
A flash back to my Lisa Frank lunch box in 1994 would look something like this:
-A yellow mustard sandwich on white bread (That’s right. Just mustard and white bread.)
-Fruit Snacks. The more plastic in consistency, the better. Plus, not just artificial colors but bioluminescence colors to boot.
-Bag of snack chips; ideally shaped like a face covered in orange powdered cheese. Anyone else remember those?
-Pacakge of cookies with frosting to dip them in
-Juice box contacting 0% juice and 100% magenta colored chemical water. The ones with the twisty tops. You know what I’m talking about.
-An embarrassing and cherished note from my mother written on my sandwich baggie
-Money for ice cream.
Hey, don’t judge. That is what everyone ate in 1994! (minus the mustard sandwich. I was ahead of my time).
On really special days, a pre-packaged lunch with DIY cold pizza would be waiting for me.
The craziest part is that ALL of those foods still exist for children to consume today.
Fast forward to 2014:
I get how impossibly hard it is to pack good lunches for school on a daily basis. Heck, I can’t even get my act together most weeks to make a decent bagged lunch for our field trip adventures.
Just this past week, we went on a field trip and JBird’s lunch consisted of a sleeve of graham crackers, a piece of buttered bread, and one of those applesauce pouches; and that was a home run compared to other lunches I’ve thrown together. Despite being a great cook, and being Mary Poppins on the daily, I cannot pack a lunch to save my life.
When I first saw a Half Time box on the shelf of my local Target about a month ago (before being asked to do this review), I nearly flipped my lid! Applegate, Annie’s, and Stonyfield, the trifecta of kid-friendly healthy eats, have teamed up to deliver a healthy alternative to convenient lunches. Organic cheese, uncured meats (not nitrites!), organic crackers, and organic yogurt all in a handy little lunch box. Now, I can run to Target, grab a couple of Half Times (Turkey is our favorite), and be set for our weekly adventures with our regular field trip crew!
Plus, everything inside is something that JBird will eat! That means I don’t have to worry about wasting any food! Double love!
Now that I have kids of my own, I am beyond grateful for companies like Stonyfield, Applegate, and Annie’s. Their products not only provide us busy parents with convenient lunch choices, but also honest to goodness healthy and safe food for our kids. I buy these brands. I trust these brands.
I get to give away a Half Time kit to one lucky fan!
-3 Half Time lunches (ham, turkey, and bologna)
-Insulated lunch bag (with markers to decorate!)
– Activity Book from Applegate
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*Stonyfield and Applegate provided me with the Half Time kits for review and giveaway. However, all words and opinions are my own. Just sayin’
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