Back to School

Introduction

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Back to School

Smart tips and A+ recipes.

Shop School Necessities

Classroom list? Dorm room needs? Shop Aisles Online for everything you need to start the school year.

  • Elementary School

    Find everything from folders to lunch boxes, art supplies to classroom snacks on Aisles Online!

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  • High School

    All of your locker needs all in one place. Find everything you need for a successful school year.

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  • College

    Stock up on décor, small appliances, pantry staples, and blankets to make your home away from home feel extra cozy.

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Fresh New Finds

Shop Joe Fresh at Hy-Vee for the trendiest back-to-school styles. Shipping is now available in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 

Makeover in Aisle 5!

Show off your style and freshen up your wardrobe with tips from our HSTV expert stylist, Lindsay! She knows just what it takes to pull a fashionable look together with help from Joe Fresh and DSW’s wide selection of clothes and shoes.

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Pancakes or Waffles?

That is the question... luckily you can make either with these simple recipes. They're the perfect way to start the day!

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Easy as 1, 2, 3

At the end of a long weekday, simplicity is key. Three ingredients are all you need for these breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

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Cold Lunches We Love to Love

Move over, lunch line! These cold lunch ideas will give cafeteria food a run for its lunch money.

  • Bento Boxes

    Bye, bye brown bag. Hello, bento boxes! These 5 cute bento box ideas are actually doable. 

    Bento Box It
  • Go Crustless

    Are crusts a no-go in your household? Try our easy trick for making crustless sandwiches.

    Cut 'Em Off
  • Between Bread

    There's nothing wrong with a sandwich. Fill those lunch boxes with something fun and flavorful.

    Go Hearty
  • Get Creative

    These kid-approved lunches, snacks, and desserts are easy to fix and decorate.

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Reduce Stress with Healthy Eating

Discover which nutrients and foods can help your kids ward off anxiety and overall stress. 

For more tips and ideas on keeping your kids healthy, check out the Hy-Vee KidsFit program. It's free to join.

 

Fruits and veggies contain many vitamins and minerals for health, as well as fiber, which is good for the gut and can even affect your child's overall mood. Added bonus: These healthy foods provide antioxidants to help the body deal with stress. 

Fruits High in Fiber: Raspberries, apples (with peel), mangoes, bananas, oranges, strawberries
Vegetables High in Fiber: Dark leafy greens, carrots, beets, broccoli, artichokes, potatoes (with skin)

You may have heard that foods rich with vitamin C can help keep kids' immune systems healthy. But did you know it also helps with the development of neurotransmitters, which are important chemicals for the nervous system? 

Foods with Vitamin C: Red bell peppers, berries, oranges, broccoli, pineapple, potatoes, kiwifruit, Brussels sprouts, mangoes

Protein is crucial for healthy growth and development. Replacing foods that are high in sugar with high-protein and high-fiber foods can help prevent those dreaded sugar crashes. 

Foods with Protein: Lean beef, poultry, and pork; fish and seafood; milk and yogurt; nuts and seeds; eggs; beans

Calcium in dairy builds strong bones. Vitamins A, B, and D, magnesium, and zinc help support a healthy immune system, muscle growth, energy levels, and sleep—all things that can affect stress levels and mood.

Dairy: Milk, milk-based yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese

Fats allow bodies to absorb vitamins and help build sheaths around nerves. Focus on unsaturated fats and limit saturated fat to less than 10 percent of daily calories.

Healthy Fats: Avocados, nuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, canola oil, olive oil, salmon

Whole grains containing the endosperm, bran, and germ provide fiber, folate, and other B vitamins, magnesium, iron, and zinc—all of which play an important role in keeping kids healthy.

Whole GrainsBrown rice, buckwheat, bulgur (cracked wheat), oatmeal and rolled oats, popcorn, quinoa, wild rice, whole wheat bread, cereal, crackers, pasta, tortillas

Enjoy Dinner as a Family

Spending as little as 20 minutes together can build kids’ self-esteem, increase emotional intelligence, and give children a broader life perspective. Learn how to start a dinner routine today!

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Meal Solutions

  • Kid-Approved

    Looking for meals that are more than frozen chicken nuggets? We've got you.

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  • Instant Dinner

    An Instant Pot makes cooking a whole chicken or pork shoulder quicker and easier than ever. 

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  • Ready in 20

    Turn a few everyday ingredients into flavor-packed meals that are ready in 20 minutes or less.

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  • Sheet-Pan Dinner

    When dinner is simple, and cleanup is even simpler, we get more time to eat with the family. 

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Dorm Room Cookin'

Yes, it's possible! Check out recipes you can make in a toaster.

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Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
Want to get café-worthy froth without buying special equipment? Add your milk to a blender and pulse until frothy.
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Let There Be Waffles!

That waffle maker doesn't have to just be for breakfast! Whip up simple and tasty meals any time of day.

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