Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back-to-School with Hormel Foods - #HormelFamily

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Back-to-school lunches and after school snacks are always a challenge; from the morning preparation process to the picky eaters, there are many obstacles in our way. It’s especially difficult to continue to come up with creative recipe ideas and dishes to pack day after day that your children will enjoy…and that’s where Hormel Foods comes in!

Hormel Foods has lunch and snack ideas for eaters of all shapes and sizes. Even so, it’s important to sit down as a family to make a plan and set goals prior to the beginning of the school year to establish ground rules for lunchtime meals and snacks. Will there be a certain amount of veggies and fruits in each meal? Will there be one day where your little one gets to choose everything he/she wants? Try to think of these things the night before or well in advance so mornings before school can be stress-free. Below, find a few fan favorite lunch options from Hormel Foods.

Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats (available in two new varieties-cherrywood smoked ham & sundried tomato turkey): did you know that the Hormel® Natural Choice® line has zero preservatives and no artificial colors or flavors? These delicious deli meats are perfect for sandwiches and wraps. o When paired with other healthy options like whole grain breads, and a side of fresh fruit with non-fat yogurt as a dip, a sandwich of Natural® Choice® deli meats can be the foundation of a healthful lunch.

Hormel® pepperoni stix: these individually wrapped portions are the perfect size to pop in a lunchbox and are packed with protein. Also available in turkey pepperoni!

 Just last month, Hormel Foods introduced a brand new product: Hormel® REV® wraps. Hormel® REV® wraps are the perfect after school snack to fuel an active lifestyle with 15 grams of protein or more in each wrap, providing real, sustaining energy. They are available in eight different, delicious varieties!

Hormel® Compleats® cheesy pasta: made with real cheese, the new line offers a variety of satisfying flavor selections for consumers to choose from.

 Varieties include: Macaroni and Cheese, Smoky Bacon Parmesan Rigatoni, Creamy Cheese and Basil Tortellini, Three Cheese Chicken Pasta, Cheesy Ravioli and Italian Herb and Cheese Rigatoni.

SPAM® meals: straight from the pantry to the microwave, SPAM® meals take out the step of preparation and offer a convenient meal solution.
• Available in SPAM® and Roasted Potatoes with Gravy, SPAM® and Penne Pasta in Alfredo Sauce, SPAM® and Penne Pasta in Alfredo Sauce, SPAM® and Sausage Jambalaya, SPAM® and Red Beans with Rice

In addition, Joan Hanson, director of the Hormel Foods Test Kitchen, has compiled a list of a few tips to ensure kids enjoy their lunch (and don’t trade them or throw them away!) To keep your kids healthy, but still happy, combine taste and nutrition:

• Make It Unique: Mix up the classic sandwich by using a whole grain bagel or wheat tortilla as the bread. Pile on preservative-free Hormel® Natural Choice® Deli Ham with kid-friendly condiments.

• Keep It “Cool”: A small frozen water bottle in a colorful insulated lunch bag will keep food cool and give your child needed fluid to get through recess.

• Leave Some Love: Add a note from home or a colorful sticker to add some fun and love to your child’s lunch.

What do you pack in your kid's lunches?  What do you do to make your child's lunch more enjoyable?