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First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is an exciting time! Celebrate with these first day of school traditions.

Back to School Breakfast

On the first day of school, set the tone of success with a delicious and well rounded breakfast. Keep it easy and fun with a breakfast casserole or sandwich.

First Day of School Photos

Keep track of how they grow through the years with first day of school photos. This creates a great timeline to look back on when they graduate.

First Day of School Lunchbox Love Notes

Tell them how much you love them without embarrassing them with a lunchbox love note.

Magic Snack Mix

Little ones nervous about their first day of school? Make them a magic snack mix that will help them get through their day.

Back to School Supplies

Back to school supplies are a tried and true first day of school tradition. Help get them ready to go back to school by freshening up their notebooks and maybe even splurging on a few fun stickers.

Energy Bites

Re-energize with these tasty energy bites.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup crasins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Apple Sandwiches

Cut out the carbs and indulge in this sweet apple sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, red or green
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Handful of chocolate chips
  • Handful of oats

Directions:

Core and half apples. Add peanut butter to one half of apple. Top with chocolate chips and oats. Top with the other half of the apple and enjoy!

Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars come with a crunch! Enjoy these healthy and delicious snacks.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup of mixed nuts

1 cup pitted and chopped dates

2 tbs sunflower seeds

2 tbs pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup of almond butter

 

Directions:

Toast oats and nuts at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Transfer mixture to a greased 8×8 pan and freeze for 18-20 minutes.

Remove from freezer and cut into bars.

FroYo Bites

Craving ice cream but without the calories? Make yourself these super tasty and adorable FroYo Bites.

Ingredients:

1 cup strawberry yogurt

1 cup vanilla yogurt

Heart shaped mold

 

Directions:

Fill your mold with strawberry and vanilla yogurt. Freeze for 6-12 hours. Remove FroYo bites from the mold and enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Tacos

A spin on the classic back-to-school favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, diced

Using a circle cookie cutter or wide circle glass, cut the bread slices into circles. Flatten the bread circle with rolling pin.

Spread peanut butter and jelly onto flattened circles. Top with diced strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy!

Pencil Wafer Cookies

Everyone needs a great back-to-school snack. Try these adorable wafer pencil cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. vanilla or lemon wafer cookies
  • 11 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 10 oz. mini chocolate chips
  • 1/8 tsp. pink food coloring

Directions:

Over a double boiler, melt white chocolate chips. Once melted completely, split into two bowls. Color one bowl of white chocolate pink using the pink food dye.

Cut each wafer into a point using a sharp knife.

Dip the dull side of the wafer into the pink chocolate about 1/2 inch up, then flip and dip the pointed side into the white chocolate. Set on wax paper to set and add the mini chocolate tip to the point to resemble the led of a pencil. Repeat until all wafer cookies are used and enjoy!

 

Banana Streusel Muffins

The classic banana bread muffin topped with a crunchy streusel.

What you’ll need:

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup milk

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake tins with liners.

In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In large bowl, whisk together the egg and brown sugar until smooth. Add vanilla, butter and bananas. Whisk until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add in milk and stir until combined.  Set aside.

To make crumb topping combine brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter in a small bowl. Whisk for a minute or two until sugars dissolve. Mix in the flour. The crumble will be dry.

Use a 1/4 cup measure to fill the muffin liner with batter until about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of the batter.

Bake for 16-18 minutes until slightly golden and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on cooling rack. Enjoy!

Makes 16-20 muffins.

Benefits of the Bento Box

The school bell will, once again, be ringing soon and that means packing a morning lunch for your hungry student. The challenge is likely the same as last year. What meal will be both delicious and nutritious? (After all, you don’t want your handmade fruit kabobs being traded for crème-filled snack cakes.)

A solution many parents are using with great success takes a cue from traditional Japanese bento boxes. In its most fundamental form, a bento box is a small, compartmentalized container used for holding food. Bento boxes traditionally include a fish or meat, rice and vegetables. However, the many compartments make creativity easy.

Beyond the wonderful artistic presentation, bento boxes offer health benefits including portion control and well-balanced meals. Reusable containers also cut down on waste from sandwich and snack wrappers. Any way you pack it, this fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly is perfect for fussy eaters who prefer food groups remain separate as well as more adventurous eaters who thrive on unique dining experiences.

To achieve the full benefit of a bento box, balance your meal with vegetables, protein and starch. You can also add dairy and fruit to the mix depending on dietary needs. Remember that cookie cutters turn ordinary bread and fruit into smiling faces, butterflies and more. Use olives or grapes for eyes and slivers of red pepper for smiley faces. The options are truly endless. Plus, if last night’s meat balls were a crowd-pleaser, bento boxes are a great way to use leftovers. (Just remember to refrigerate as needed.) Remember kids should eat every color of the rainbow throughout the day to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

Finally, don’t think of bento boxes as merely child’s play. A bento box lunch is the perfect solution to satisfy adult-sized hunger at the office as well.

 

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