Hidden Valley’s Lunch Break for Kids October 15-19

hidden valley lunch break for kids

Hidden Valley’s  Lunch Break for Kids national fundraiser (October 15-19) highlights ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn more about how simple, good food can make healthier bodies and stronger family connections.   One way we can help our kids have healthy bodies is by sending healthy snacks to school with them.
hidden valley ranch lunch break for kids

I’m pretty extremely lucky in that my kids are not very picky eaters- at least, not when it comes to vegetables.  They eat more variety than I do.  Having struggled with weight my whole life, I’m very conscious about what I give my children for snacks, especially what I send in for snacks at school- I want to give them things they will both like to eat, and that will also give their bodies the fuel they need to get through class until lunchtime.

We get up and are eating breakfast by 6:30 am in this house- my oldest has lunch at 12:30 pm.  That’s 6 hours until lunch.  A long time, when you consider that during those hours, she’s playing outside at recess, doing the bulk of academic work at school (her specials seem to be in the afternoon for the most part)…I want her to have a full belly so she can focus and concentrate on her studies.  We do a healthy, balanced breakfast, and I send a few snacks in.  One favorite snack for all of my children is veggies and dip.  I’m not one to cut things into cute shapes (I try, but I am just not that talented- so we are back to basics around here!)…but what I’ve noticed makes the most impact with the kids is including a container of something to DIP their veggies into (This is across the board, not just at school or camp).

If  buying a few “cute” or “fun” sized containers means my kids will eat more vegetables, I’ll buy as many as they want.  We discovered these peppers that come in bags with red, yellow and orange colored mini peppers in them at the grocery store this summer- those are ALWAYS a favorite with the kids, with a sweeter taste than regular peppers- and paired with some sugar snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, etc. make for a pretty “rainbow” of colors for snack, plus some dip….makes an ideal snack for my little ones.  They are getting healthy foods to fuel their bodies, and I know they are eating well- and something they enjoy eating.

Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips are a great way to get your kids  excited about veggies.  You don’t even need a lot- like I said- at least with my kids, the fun sized container is half the fun of the dip.

One of my favorite “tricks”  to get veggies into my kids’ lunches is presentation.  A plain old sandwich is a plain old sandwich until you use some cucumber slices to make eyes and a nose on top of it, some broccolli for hair, and carrots arranged like a bow tie.  None of this requires fancy cutting skills (remember, I’m without those skills).  I do all of these “faces” within a sandwich-sized reusable container.  The kids get a “surprise” when they open the container, and chances are, they’ll want to eat the fun face and not just push it aside.

What ways do you have to get your kids to eat more veggies at lunch?  

hidden valley dip pouches

Here’s the recipe for making your own Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (TIP: Kids are known to be more open to eating foods that they help prepare. This recipe is SUPER simple for them to follow, and any age can help)

1c milk

1c mayonnaise (we use light or low fat for less calories)

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix

Stir Well, Cover and Refrigerate 30 min before serving.  Stays fresh 3-4 weeks.

Check out the  official Lunch Break for Kids site- be sure to see about any local fundraising events in your area!

The Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • My daughter loves ranch but its hard for her to eat veggies! She loves soup so I sneak them in or cut up parsnips and cook with fries in oven
  • I never knew how easy it was to make this ranch dip! I have to try it!
  • This is a great recipe. thankyou. Hidden valley ranch is a staple in our home
  • We love hidden valley with veggies too, even kids eat with this as their dip
  • Hidden Valley Ranch is the best! Keeping veggies cut up and ready to go helps. Ranch is the best dipping sauce.
  • I have a very picky 4 year old that LOVES ranch. Go figure!
  • My son ALWAYS wants "white ketchup" {Hidden Valley Ranch} to go with his veggies! As soon as I give him that, the veggies disappear!
  • My children really aren't picky eaters either, as long as they have ranch dressing to dip their veggies in.
  • We love veggies with hidden valley. The kids have eaten them this way since they were young!
  • My daughter loves dipping her carrots in ranch. She will eat all kinds of carrots especially when she can dip them.
  • We are big Hidden Valley Ranch fans over here, I am so happy to hear about them supporting Lunch Break For Kids!
  • I wish I had the creativity (and cutting) skills for cool presentation! The little containers would be a hit, though. Dip is always a good help!!
  • That looks really great! I should make for all our lunches!
  • That always worked for my kids too! They ate WAY more veggies if they had a dip for them!
  • I love veggies with Hidden Valley - YUM!