California Raisins : Healthy School Snacks and Lunches

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As we gear up for a new back to school routine this year, our family is also planning ahead to have lots of healthy snacks and options for our lunch boxes. The kids and I were invited to participate in a fun #SnackToSchool party sponsored by California Raisins to get everyone extra excited about making healthy snack choices. This event was super fun and gave me tons of new lunchbox and after school snack ideas to share!

California Raisins #LoveYourRaisinsFrom strawberry cream cheese on raisin bread to spinach salad with sliced eggs & raisins, it was awesome to see my kids choose a few food options that I wouldn’t have expected them to have gone for first thing.  Visit http://bit.ly/1qOeEps for more great ideas on incorporating California Raisins for school snacks and lunch.California Raisins #SnacktoSchool spreadnSince then they have remembered how much they enjoyed those new foods and have started adding raisins to lots of foods, not just their lunchboxes. Making the healthy foods a fun event really helps trigger positive responses in our kids when they are making choices on their own.Because they are convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking.

They are a great value, too. According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit combined with all health benefits that California Raisins provide, I don’t mind saying YES every time someone requests California Raisins added to my weekly grocery list one bit!California Raisin CollageWhile the kids were all busy with a coloring activity, the party moms gathered up sharing our nostalgic memories of the California Raisins. Several of us had collected all the special characters and of course everyone knew their signature song. The kids were so occupied with their coloring and playing with one another that they almost missed the grand entrance of a Special Guest Appearance from one of the REAL LIFE California Raisin characters!! California Raisins meet greet

Having 4 kiddos ranging from elementary to teens, all in different stages and eating styles, making an assembly line of school lunches just doesn’t work for us. It’s important to Randy and I have our kids practice making healthy lunch and snack choices for themselves. Mom and dad are helping them choose wisely by making smart decisions on what we buy. California Raisins are one snack option everyone loves.

Visit http://bit.ly/1qOeEps for more information about California Raisins and find them on Facebook where you can sign up to receive a California Raisins prize pack! Limited supply; while quantities last.

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I was also given a fun prize pack at the end of the party! California Raisins wants to give one of my readers another Fun Raisin Prize pack consisting of a stuffed raisin plushie, snack container and other raisin related items (ARV $15.00)!

For your chance to win, comment below with your favorite memory of the California Raisins OR if you have a favorite raisin snack you can share that too! ( winner will be randomly selected, Giveaway ends 8/28 @1pm CST)***Winner was Kim D*** Thanks for your comment Kim!

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf California Raisins

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My kids love to snack on raisins. And I totally remember their commercials from the 80’s – they were so big back in the day!

  2. Totally remember the California Raisins from my childhood.
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  3. Raisins are such a great snack for kids. I love all of the creative ways that you used them at your party. I remember those crazy CA raisins too!
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  4. Haha I love it – I’ve always been a fan of raisins I remember little snack packs in my lunchbox whn I was at school. x
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  5. Kim Deppa says:

    My mom had all the figurines from Hardee’s when I was a kid! And the records! Lol! Whoa!

  6. Melanie Davis says:

    I love raisin bread, toasted, with butter melting all over it! Yum!!!

    • oh my word… warm cinnamon raisin bread makes me wish it was Saturday and I had on cozy jammies! There is just some thing so comforting about it.

  7. I love raisins. They are delicious, and they’re super healthy. You just have to be careful not to let dogs eat them. Raisins are toxic to dogs.
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  8. I loved the animations. They were the coolest. My kiddo is super into raisins now, which makes on-the-go snacktime easy peasy.

  9. what a fun party! We love raisins in our house.
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  10. OMG I haven’t seen the California Raisins in forever. I love snaking on raisins so good.
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  11. My son always loved to snack on raisins! They were great on their own or in homemade trail mix.
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  12. That looks like it was so much fun! My kids loved raisins when they were little. We went through boxes and boxes of them!
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  13. Melissa Smith says:

    Ahhh, that looks like so much fun! I admit that every time I see the California Raisins at a festival I get excited. They really do make me feel like a kid again.

  14. What a fun spread for this raisins party! Looks like a great time!
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  15. Raisin bread is my favorite. I will have to make some again soon. It’s been awhile.
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  16. Looks like you had a great time! My daughter loves raisins, but I didn’t think on using them for her school lunches or snacks. Will go and check out those ideas now. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Raisins are so good. perfect part snacks, and nice and healthy
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  18. I LOVE raisins. And I love that crayon caddy. I haven’t seen one like that in a long time!

  19. Well, I’ve got to enter just for the plushie. I love the little raisin guys (and I love raisins too).
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  20. My favorite memory of the California Raisin is the commercials they did singing I heard it through the grapevine. Those were cool. 😉
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  21. I have such fond memories of the California Raisins from when I was a kid. This was a great way to introduce the kids to them and to enjoy some great recipes.
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  22. This is super cool! My toddler loves raisins and we make sure to pack in his lunch at least twice a week
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  23. Ann BAcciaglia says:

    I love oatmeal raisin cookies as well as raisin bread. Such a tasty treat and they remind me of my childhood,

  24. We do a lot of raisins in our house! Ants on a log are a family favorite. My mom comes to mind when you talk about the California Raisins. She loved those dancing things!
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  25. What a cute party! I love raisins and I will be trying out that recipe 🙂

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