Applegate Launches the Back-to-School Real Food Challenge to Help Families Keep it Real

Aug 11, 2015, 09:00 ET from Applegate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time for back-to-school and that means packed lunches for millions of kids – and lots of sandwiches! But "What's in Your Sandwich" and the rest of your lunchbox?  Applegate is launching the Back-to-School Real Food Challenge to help families keep it real this year.

"Getting real food into lunches is actually easier than you think," says Lisa Leake, founder of the blog 100 Days of Real Food. "And you don't necessarily have to give up the foods your family loves to do it."

Leake, a mother of two, began chronicling her family's journey on 100 Days of Real Food in 2010 when they decided to start seeking out real food. What was initially a simple pledge turned into a valuable, practical resource. Here are a few of Lisa's simple rules to keep it real when it comes to food:

  • Remember whole foods are foods in their most natural state
  • Look at the ingredient list – the fewer ingredients the better
  • Choose products that are free of antibiotics, artificial ingredients and preservatives... like Applegate
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Select 100 percent whole wheat and whole grain products
  • Swap out chips and other junk food with nuts, dried fruits and popcorn
  • Drink water or 100 percent natural fruit juice

"With Applegate deli meats you don't have to worry about what's in your sandwich," added Leake. "You have 'peace of meat' because their products have no artificial ingredients or preservatives and all animals are raised humanely without antibiotics."

To learn about how your family can put more real food into school lunches, visit Use hashtag #BTSRealfood to chronicle the journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

About Applegate
For more than 25 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Natural can mean many things, but when Applegate says their products are natural, customers are guaranteed that the meat inside is:

  • Raised without antibiotics or hormones
  • From animals fed a vegetarian or 100 percent grass diet and treated with humane animal standards
  • Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
  • Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives

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