I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but for the first time in six years I have no children at home. ZERO. Both boys are now in school, with Riley being in Year 1 and Harry starting in reception earlier this week. I don’t quite know how I feel about it yet. Half of me is an emotional wreck who doesn’t know what to do with herself, the other half is celebrating having successfully raised two small humans to school-age!
If you’ve had little ones starting or going back to school this week, I hope they’ve settled in well?
One thing I don’t particularly enjoy about the return to school is getting back into the swing of school lunches. While Riley will eat absolutely anything and takes full advantage of the free school meals on offer, Harry is one of the fussiest eaters I’ve ever come across so I’ve had to stick to packed lunches with him. Mainly so I can make sure he’s getting a healthy, balanced lunch, but also because it allows me to see exactly how much he’s eaten and what’s been leftover.
When Harry started school this week, I knew I was going to struggle when it came to offering him enough variety in his lunchbox. He refuses to try new foods and tends to have the same items in his lunchbox most days, which he is perfectly happy with, but I think it’s important (and nice) for him to have a little change up or a treat from time to time. This can be difficult though as his school has strict policies in place regarding the contents of packed lunches and anything containing sugar is generally frowned upon.
With that in mind, I’m always on the hunt for alternative healthy treats to pop in Harry’s lunchbox and one of our favourites is Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots. I mean, who doesn’t love jelly?
Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots are available in five different flavours – Apple and Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Raspberry, Tropical and Orange. It’s hard to believe that these handy little pots are sugar-free because they still taste utterly delicious and retain the juicy fruity flavour you would expect from jelly.
As a parent, I’m always conscious of the foods Riley and Harry are putting into their body, so I was really pleased to discover that the Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots contain no artificial colours or flavours, are fat and gluten free and contain less than 10 calories per pot.
They are the perfect size for children’s lunchboxes , providing convenience and a wide range of flavours to satisfy the tastebuds of all youngsters.
Hartley’s have worked with renowned child psychologist Dr Sam Wass – who is behind Channel 4’s Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds – to discover the conversations our children are having with friends over lunch. Hot topics of conversation included friendship, food, jobs and family and you can watch the fun series of videos here.
To ease the stress of back to school season, Hartley’s are giving away lunchboxes when you collect 12 Hartley’s lids. See promotional packs for more details.