Kroger helping me by a Lunchbox Hero

in , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Saturday, September 21, 2013
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned below for free along with coupons to hand out via BzzAgent sponsored by Kroger. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Thank you to our sponsor, Kroger.

School has started all over the America now so that means Moms and Dads are shopping for healthy, affordable and good tasting lunch items.  It doesn’t take long for our kids to become bored with everyday lunch fare, so we need to mix things up and Kroger’s products help make it super easy to be a Lunchbox Hero.

Yummy snacks from Kroger

Recently, I received coupons for all these lunchbox goodies. The girls got to select flavors and varieties of these products to review :

  • Kroger Extreme Fusion Waters
  • Kroger Brand Cookies
  • Kroger Snack Pretzels
  • Kroger Fruit Snacks
  • Kroger Chewy Granola Bars

Our Reviews:

Kroger Extreme Fusion Waters- The girls chose Tropical Punch and loved it! They said the tasted better than our regular brand. They said you can really taste the banana in these.  I was happy they have 25% less sugar and no artificial flavors and you can’t beat the price! $1.99 per 10 pack.

Kroger Brand Cookies- The girls chose original Chocolate Chip cookies.  Store bought cookies usually play second fiddle to my baked goods, but we were all game to try these cookies and they were surprisingly good! Sometimes packages cookies taste stale or bland and while you know you aren’t eating a homemade cookie, these chocolate chips were a hit. If I don’t have time to bake, I will purchase these cookies again because the price is right at $2.99.

Kroger Snack Pretzels- Next up is Kroger’s snack size cheese-flavored peanut butter filled pretzels. That’s a mouthful I thought as we put these in the shopping cart and I wondered if there might a little too much flavors going on and for me, yes there was. I could eat them if they were cheese or peanut butter, but not both. However, I am the only one in my family who though that.
The girls loved them and though they were super tasty, but it was my husband who asked that I keep these in the house for when the munchies strike. These come in single serving bags for $1.29 making them a perfect for lunchboxes.

Kroger Fruit Snacks- Shapes won out over Stars & Moons on this product. I will tell you honestly, my youngest daughter is HARD to please when it comes to fruit snacks. She has rejected many a box of fruit snacks, so I wasn’t sure how she react to these. But, amazingly enough, both daughters loved these! Kroger’s fruit snacks are made with real fruit and vegetable juices, so I can feel good about putting them in their lunchboxes. Plus, they are only $1.00 for a box of six and the bags hold a lot of pieces! One bad had 16 snacks in it. Plenty for your kids to share or trade with friends.

Kroger Chewy Granola Bars- Chocolate chip won again, but I figured they would because these granola bars have been a favorite around our house for a while.  My girls say they taste like a cookie.  We all enjoy the fresh tasting quality of Kroger Granola bars and recommend them for your family.


Kroger receives an A+ from us on their lunch box products and their prices.  Not a Kroger shopper? Look for these Lunchbox Hero products in your area at these Kroger-owned stores: Ralphs, Smiths or Fred Meyers.

So now that you’ve got some lunchbox food ideas, what else can we parents do to send a little love from home with our kids? Here are a few ideas. 

Sending Love:


Keep your kids guessing- Put a mystery bag in your child’s lunchbox every day. They can’t look inside until it’s time to eat. Put in a new fruit or veggie for them to try. * Perfect for Pre-K and Elementary school kids.*

Give Food a Facelift- Use cookie cutters or a knife to take sandwiches from snoreville to coolness quickly and easily.  *Perfect for kids of all grade levels.*

Wrap it Up- Kids get so bored with sandwiches, so switch up those tired PB&J’s with a wrap.  Grab some whole gain or plain tortillas and spread thin layers of peanut butter and jelly, roll like a burrito, pinch the ends closed so you don’t have leaks. My girl’s love Peanut butter and Apple jelly wraps.

Leftovers are your friend- My kids LOVE left over day. Yesterday I sent them a burrito with the leftovers from dinner the night before. I had leftover chicken one night so I sent in grilled chicken salads.

Still send love without the love note- Once your kids get to middle and high school, you have to stop sending in love notes. Sad, but true Moms and Dads! So, do the next best thing. Decorate their Ziploc baggies with a silly smiley face, or your “text” code to wish them luck on their tests, put X’s and O’s along one side of the baggie.

I hope you found the review and lunchbox tips helpful. Tell me in the comments, what do you enjoy making or adding to your kids lunchboxes?

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned below for free along with coupons to hand out via BzzAgent sponsored by Kroger. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Thank you to our sponsor, Kroger.

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