One month, that’s how long we’ve been making school lunches, and you could say that we’ve settled into a bit of a routine. I’ll put the basics of the lunch together the night before, and Olivia will add a few things in the morning. There’s usually a healthy compromise of things that she loves, like the krispie treats that we usually put together on Sunday afternoons, for the week, with products that are a bit on the healthier side of things, like fruit vegetables and chips.
Yes, chips. Martins Apple Chips were a discovery first made at Costco. The big bag of chips had Violet enticed, but Olivia wasn’t sold. She thought it was strange how apples were made into chips, and decided that she wasn’t going to try them.
Impressed with the idea that apples are the only ingredient in the chip, and with the knowledge that they provided a great ‘crunchy’ snack for the lunchbox, I kept trying – serving apple chips with dip and putting the same uneaten glass container of chips in her lunch bag for five days, as she kept bringing them home again, and finally the container came home empty.
Like most things that we try and encourage the girls to try, it turns out she liked the apple chips after all.
Martins Apple chips are a delicious alternative to the traditional chips that are often requested at the grocery store, and easy to pack in the lunch. To make it easier for Olivia to help with her lunch, we pack the chips into small glass container portion sizes, having them ready to grab for a snack to add to her lunch bag.
Tip: for a bit of an extra lunchbox treat, you could drizzle the apple chips with melted chocolate dark chocolate, letting them sit and harden until it’s time to pack them for lunch.
To find more inspiration for apple chips, have a look at www.martinsapplechips.com – there are recipes for everything from trail mix to parfaits, including this guilt-free, preservative-free snack in lunches for the entire family, and not just the one you’re sending to school.
Changing your chip can be tricky, and it can take some getting used to, but it’s those small steps to living a healthier lifestyle that are going to make the biggest difference in our lives. The guilt-free snack is one that I find myself reaching for, when the three o’clock hunger hits, and I’ve got a feeling the chips are going to come in especially handy when we welcome baby number three, any day now. Every new mom knows the importance of having easy-to-grab and healthy snacks on hand in those first few weeks!
This post was brought to you by a partnership between Frugal Edmonton Mama and Martin’s Apple Chips. All opinions are my own.