Themed Lunches for Kids at Home with Fruit Shoot

As a homeschooling family, Bella and I don’t have the chance to pack a lunch too often. Maybe for the zoo or museum, but often those are just grab and go in the rush of the morning. I remember school lunches fondly when I was little – napkin notes, special sandwiches – so once in a while it’s fun to recreate that at home for her.

Since she is completely obsessed with all things dinosaur, I thought I’d make her a dino lunch with a new berry Fruit Shoot:

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It was a hit.

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These are fun moments we get to have, sometimes in the middle of long days. I want her to look back on our days together fondly, and some of my best childhood memories are small, short little moments that someone went out of their way to create for me.

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I don’t do this every day, but it didn’t take too long. The baby dinos played on cheese, the sandwiches were cut with her dino shapes, the egg is hardboiled and on a bed of green onions (which no, she in no way wanted to eat). Triceratops took a look into yogurt that looked like mud with cinnamon and wheat germ.

Fruit Shoot was a treat for her. Fruit Shoot also features an innovative no-spill cap (no more juice stains in the car!) making it easy for kids to be independent and on the go. These vibrant fun colored bottles come in tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst, and Strawberry/Raspberry.

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The cookie is a peanut butter/banana/oat recie from SkinnyTaste. We turned them into little volcanoes.

If you have a bit of extra time one day, (distract the kids with the new free Angry Birds game that comes on each Fruit Shoot) make a meal a little different once in a while. It’s so fun to watch their faces as they see something besides the same old boring lunch (guilty here of that).

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Find more ideas for lunches at home and on the go on Fruit Shoot’s Facebook page, and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Kennedy Space Center!

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With purchase of Fruitshoot, there is the option for a free download of an Angry Birds game, perfect for parents to play with their kids. Download the Angry Birds game and enter the code on the back of your Fruitshoot bottle to play!

Fruit Shoot sponsored this post, but the ideas and opinions are my own. 

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