Getting ready for Back to School Routines

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I was invited to participate in a fun Sponsored California Raisins #SnacktoSchool party. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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We have one more week before the girls go back to school. I’ve got to admit, I am excited about routine again! It’s been nice to sleep in and not have to wake at any given time, but there is something about routine that is soothing! Here are a few things that come to mind when I think back to school:

1.) Quick and Easy Breakfasts

2.) Packing healthy lunches

3.) After school snacks

These three things all are struggles for me. I wish I were more prepared, but often times I am not. As we start this school year, I want to plan a little better. For breakfasts, I am going to try to bounce between these four items: yogurt/toast, cereal, waffles, and homemade muffins. Muffins are easy to make the day before and my girls seem to do well with them. I made a test run of Cinnamon Raisin muffins to see if the girls like them. Super simple to make and they DID enjoy them. Here’s the recipe:

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Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe

Incredients:
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar (Can sub splenda)
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup California Raisins

TOPPING:
1/2 cup sugar (can sub Splenda)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Mix shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk until well combined. Last, fold in California Raisins.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Last, Melt butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip muffin tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Super simple! For lunches, I like to pack easy and sometimes prepackaged items. A normal days lunch includes:

sandwich, chips, fruit, yogurt, and a drink.  The fruit is usually one of the following: apple sauce, mixed fruit, an apple, or raisins. Changing it up is key!

And last, I love having a snack for my hungry girls when they come home. They always ask for something on the walk home. With a little planning, I can have snacks prepped and ready to go. I love offering healthy options. One thing that they really enjoy is applies with peanut butter. To mix things up, I sometimes stir raisins into the peanut butter before giving it to them to dip.

We recently attended a fun #SnacktoSchool party and here are a few of my favorite pictures!

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California Raisins are a great addition to any snack on meal and are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins.

Both 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. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).

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.

Giveaway:

Want to win a Fun Raisin Prize pack consisting of a stuffed raisin plushie, snack container and other raisin related items?(ARV $15.00). Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Raisin related snack is. Can have Raisins in it, on it, but they must be part of the snack! Giveaway ends on 8/27 at 5PM CST.

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

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Comments

  1. Guilty pleasure confession..oatmeal raisin cookies =)
    But I also love to eat them from the container

  2. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I love raisin and peanut butter together. Sounds good right, because of jelly! It is great if you take a stalk of celery put on peanut butter and add raisins on top!

  3. My favorite raisin related snack is oatmeal raisin cookies.

  4. Patti Miller says:

    Raisin Bread

  5. Jennifer Alameda says:

    Yogurt with granola and raisins is a fav at our house.

  6. I love having raisins in trail mix.

  7. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like chocolate covered raisins and we all love cinnamon raisin toast.

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