Make Back To School Lunches Healthy with Horizon! Giveaway!

School is back in full swing!  With school lunches sometimes being questionable, a lot of  parents choose to pack their children’s lunches so as to have more control over what our children are eating.   I’m in that category….I pack my childrens lunch every day.  So, 180 school days times two kids means I am packing 360 lunches a year.  YIKES!

Horizon Chocolate Milk makes for some happy kids at lunch time!

In order to keep the kids happy, I try to mix it up a little by offering them a variety of nutritious, delicious options in their lunchboxes.  Horizon Organic has partnered with Dr. Alan Greene, a noted pediatrician, author, and nationally-recognized expert in organic nutrition to develop a “Top 10 Best Back to School Foods List.”  This list is a part of Horizon’s Toolbox for Mom on Facebook. The toolbox contains news, offers, and advice to support parents as the school year begins.  My favorite is the lunchbox randomizer, which provides parents with ideas for healthy school lunches!  Some of the ideas are things I never really thought about offering to my kids, but once I did, they loved them!  My son’s newest obsession suggested by Horizon is  Hummus.  He loves it spread inside a whole-wheat pita instead of mayo and then fills the pita with turkey breast.  I am excited he likes something that’s full of protein and full of flavor as well.  I plan to use the randomizer for some other great ideas for both my kids and for myself!

I have been a fan of Horizon Organic for years and plan to continue to rely on them for keeping my kids healthy when it comes to my choice of dairy products.  Horizon’s DHA Omega-3 helps support healthy brains for my two kids who are working hard in school!


Horizon Organic is offering one lucky reader a prize pack including lotion, candle, bubble bath, chocolate and a coupon for a FREE Horizon Organic product.

How to Enter:

1. Tell me how you keep lunch interesting for your kids!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Horizon Organics (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @HorizonDairy on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Horizon Dairy on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on September 30th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of Jennifer of Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.


  1. Melissa Brown says:

    I am trying different foods. Today was nutella and crackers, almonds, hot ham and cheese, and a water. My som is in kindergarten so we are just trying to figure out what he likes. Tomorrow he is going to have a tortilla wrap.

  2. i try to incorporate a wide variety of foods and not eat the same boring stuff every day like pb&j
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  3. nadine garwood says:

    I try to keep their lunches colorful!

  4. I try to keep lunch interesting by having them give me input into what they want and improvising a little, fancy cuts on the sandwich or flavored wraps, I use little shaped cookie cutters for cheese cubes, I have drawn on their bread with the food coloring markers and put in fun erasers or stickers.

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  7. It is always a challenge coming up with lunch ideas for my 5 year old. We usually pack lots of fruits, carrot sticks and yogurt.

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  9. I cut the sandwiches into shapes, leave him notes.

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  11. I keep lunches interesting with variety–lots of different fruits especially.

  12. I like to buy special “surprise” snacks that i put in her lunch every now and then.
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  14. I like to make heart shaped sandwiches, leave notes in the lunchboxes and make octopus and seaweed by slicing a hotdog to make it look like it has tenacles and serving it on top of mac and cheese and using catsup or mustard for eyes

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  16. I keep my daughter’s lunch interesting by letting her choose hot lunch. She won’t get to do it next year because we will have two kids in school and that would get pretty expensive.

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  18. I always keep goodies hidden and if they did well on a test or I cught them doing something extra at home, I would slip a treat in with a note.

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  21. My boys pack some days and eat school lunch others.I give them a variety of different foods,fruit and snacks to keep them eating it all each day

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  23. I try to be creative in shapes and colors.

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  25. I’m a subscriber

  26. Change things up and keep the combinations interesting 🙂

  27. I subscribe via email

  28. I “like” you on fb. Your link for horizon actually takes us to their twitter, not fb. I couldn’t find them on fb?

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  30. i try to change it up every now and again and add fun snacks

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  32. My son only wants the same foods over and over, so I keep things interesting with fun notes or cute napkins.

  33. I’m a subscriber.

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  35. When my kids were small I did a lot of home baking and included that in their lunches.

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  38. Allison Downes says:

    I always put a surprise treat in it


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  42. I keep lunches interesting by letting everyone help choose a special treat to put in their boxes!

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  44. My daughter likes small portions of a variety of things in her lunch–for example, maybe three grapes, a strawberry, and a few raisins instead of just a bowl full of strawberries, or one piece of rolled up ham and one piece of rolled up turkey instead of one turkey sandwich….variety is the key to her happiness!

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  46. I use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches
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  48. Tammy Pereira says:

    I keep lunch enteraining and intersting for my kids by trying new recipes and by making things into finger foods as opposed to meals all the time.

  49. new fruits

  50. I leave a smiley face note in my sons lunch every day so he knows I’m thinking of him
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  52. i cut things up into fun shapes
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  54. Diferent sandwiches and fruit every day.

  55. Variety is the key, always a little something different.

  56. How do I make lunches interesting? One of the things I do is I put a reusable bag inside his lunch box and everyday he tries to guess what’s in it and at the end of the day he tells me if he was able to guess what was inside. Another thing I do is leave an inspirational note (ver short) inside the lunch box. I also try and always put fruit inside.

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  59. I like to put a surprise in their lunchbag-a cookie or a note or a little piece of candy:)
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  60. I don’t have kids, but my nephews love to have a little treat hidden inside their lunch pail

  61. I put little notes in their backpacks

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  64. I use colorful foods my kids will eat
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  65. I try to keep it interesting by packing new and unique items.

  66. I keep lunch interesting for my kids by switching up their meals – from Lunchables to turkey sandwiches to PB&J, you gotta keep it interesting!

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  69. I cut food into shapes for his lunch.

  70. I am following & I tweeted

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  72. I am a subscriber
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  73. sometimes i stick different little notes in there or “coupons” that can be redeemed for fun things when they get home like a movie night

  74. Leslie Galloway says:

    my kids like to write notes to one another to put into the lunchboxes. I think that keeps it interesting.

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  78. Melissa P. @Mel4Him says:

    I try to keep my son’s lunch interesting by mixing it up a bit. I always try to include 1 fruit and 1 vegetable and I do my best to make it fun.


  79. Melissa P. @Mel4Him says:

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  81. Melissa P. @Mel4Him says:

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  82. Melissa P. @Mel4Him says:

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  83. Leslie Galloway says:
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  85. To keep lunch interesting, I include them when deciding what to include! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  92. Finger foods, dipping sauces, drinkable yogurt, keep it surprising. Use a Bento Box to make it fun and also eco-friendly.


  93. Leslie Galloway says:
  94. valerie mabrey says:

    i keep lunch interesting by funny things like stickers on their apples and notes in their lunch bags
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  95. I keep lunch interesting by switching things up, putting in fun little notes or having themed lunches.

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  98. michelle r. says:

    I try to make it look appealing by cutting things into different shapes and stuff

  99. michelle r. says:

    i like you both on facebook

  100. michelle r. says:

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  101. Christine Sarkauskas says:

    I allow them to pick on favorite food a day that they get to take

  102. keep it simple and let them know u mean business

  103. I have a goal to only send a sandwich 2 days a week. That way I’m forced to come up with other options!

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  108. Leslie Galloway says:
  109. Miranda Ward says:

    I try to change the foods up every week!

  110. I try to introduce them to one new fruit or veggie a week

  111. Leslie Galloway says:
  112. I offer my kids food they never tried before once a week to open them to new tastes

  113. I’m an email subscriber.

  114. LikesThe Not-So-Blog and Horizon Dairy on Facebook-Lisa L

  115. Sometimes I cut my daughter’s sandwiches into fun shapes!

  116. I subscribe to your blog!

  117. By providing a lot of options.

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