I was recently offered the opportunity to write about the Boxtops 4 Education program on my blog. Even though I’ve been a supporter of the program for many, many years – I almost turned it down. Why? Because when I used to think of the Boxtops for Education program, I’d think of processed foods that didn’t fit my current lifestyle. Most of my boxtops had come from soups and boxed dinners.
Box Tops are worth $0.10 for your child’s school, so I hated to dismiss it without doing my research. I’m really glad I did! I discovered that there are plenty of healthy choices out there that fit a wide range of dietary needs – many of them gluten-free, vegan, and/or 21 Day Fix approved. You get the benefits of eating healthy, your school gets the benefits of the Box Tops. I’d call that a win-win! Let me share my findings with you…
Prior to actually shopping for these foods, I did a little research. I found that there is a listing of participating Boxtops 4 Education foods online. Not only are frozen veggies included, you can purchase fresh Green Giant produce as well. Plus, there are organic options from brands like Cascadian Farms.
I whipped out my trusty Fooducate app to see how some of the products were rated. I was pleasantly surprised, especially with the cereals. I usually steer clear of most of the junk in the cereal aisle – but I found a few true winners.
I also found healthy picks for myself in the freezer section. Look for Green Giant veggies and Steamers with the Box Tops on them. There are some really tasty-sounding combos I can’t wait to try: Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Brussels Sprouts, Teriyaki Veggies, Italian Herb, etc. All with great Fooducate ratings. Plus, the convenience of steaming them right in the bag is great for busy nights.
Another tip: Be on the lookout for packages with BONUS points! I found these Ziplock sandwich bags with FOUR of them on the box. Score!
We even found some kid-friendly and mom-approved snacks too. Mott’s Natural Applesauce and Larabars will be great for on-the-go snacks and lunches for the kids. Those of you who know me well know my stance on most pre-packaged protein bars, but these Larabars are among the few that are actually quite good. I’m pretty sure my kids don’t realize they’re healthy. Shhh! Don’t tell them!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.