I try to make healthy lunches for my kids. I do. I even try to send them with non packaged, made by mom fresh items for lunch every day. But you know what? Some mornings- well, they are those mornings, and we’ve all had them… and making that perfect, from scratch healthy lunch just isn’t going to happen. Perhaps we’ve slept late, perhaps we’ve lost track of time. Perhaps half an hour was spent hunting for a library book someone suddenly remembers was actually LEFT AT SCHOOL. It doesn’t matter. Perhaps I haven’t slept enough and really just want more time with my pillow.
Because really, most of us have had or will have those mornings. Or afternoons. Or evenings. I’ve even had those entire days… and weeks. Every day isn’t filled with from scratch meals, snacks… I’ve yelled from frustration and we’ve gone to start our days angry. I’ve also spent 10 extra minutes in bed trying to sleep (or avoiding waking up) instead of making those perfect lunches. I have. Confessions of a real life mom.
It’s THOSE mornings (afternoons, evenings, nights, days, weeks…) that make me so thankful that there exists grab and go products that will give me peace of mind while filling the kids’ bellies. Applegate Organic has teamed up with Stonyfield and Annie’s to offer a natural, healthy grab and go lunch kit option for kids. The name of the team? HALF TIME™!
Applegate Organic’s HALF TIME™ comes in three varieties: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Bologna & Cheese. Snacks from partner brands Annie’s and Stonyfield are in all three. My five year old staked her claim on these awesome lunches and was very specific in telling me which day she was having which flavor. You can see the TH in the corner of the box. She got a marker and had me put the day she’d asked to have that flavor so I wouldn’t forget (ask my kids- I’m a good forgetter!) She took the blank lunch bag that came with our samples and got right down to work making it hers in every sense of the word. The super cute bird lunchbox I got her for school? It’s gathering dust. Tossed by the wayside for a one-of-a-kind mini Martin original piece of art.
My kids are big fans of cracker sandwiches. They get downright excited because it’s a change up from the routine and a kind of DIY lunch. Applegate Organic’s HALF TIME™ let’s them make their own cracker sandwiches, or maybe your kids like to enjoy each component of lunch separately. It’s their lunch, let them live a little. You can rest assured knowing that they are having natural, organic, nitrate free foods for lunch (literally…. I totally would. Did you know that 33% of parents admit they’d sleep in longer if it wasn’t for the lunches that need to be made?!)
My little one is enamored with these lunch kits. I’m kind of smitten myself. I don’t do convenience foods daily, but I’m always up for healthy options for my family and this dream-team of brands, so to speak, has offered me a whole new way to get eleven more minutes of sleep every week (I’d say every day but I only give myself one “pass” day a week at most).
All the sleep, friends. Sleep easy. This stuff is nitrate free, hormone free, and good for them.
And, well, if you decide to give them a try for yourself, I won’t judge. Three fave brands in a box together are hard to resist!
Enjoy the extra sleep. I know I will.
Or you can use the extra time to enter to win an Applegate Organic’s HALF TIME™ Prize Pack including the following:
All three varieties of Applegate Organic’s HALF TIME™: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese
A draw-your-own lunch bag
A set of permanent markers
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Applegate via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.