Back to school is a bittersweet time of year. The kids are getting older and bigger and summer is ending, but also you can say buh-bye to expensive summer camps and extra hot weather. You get back to early bedtimes, but you have to pack lunches again. Well, these inventive LA parents have come up with some big new ideas and products that make the start of the school year sweet and simple.

HannahMax Baking’s Crunchy Cookie Chips

You want to put a little sweet treat in the lunchbox, but you don’t always have time to whip up home made cookies. Not to mention, your chocolate chip cookies are amazing, but they’re also big gooey sugar bombs, and aren’t what kids need in the middle of the day. LA Mom and pastry chef, Joanne Adirim, invented the Cookie Chip, which can replace cookies and chips in the lunch box, and gives kids a crispy sweet treat that’s made from the highest quality ingredients (creamery butter, cage free eggs, no artificial artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats or GMOs), and has just 120-130 calories per serving. Kids love the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, but we like to save those for an afterschool snack, and pack the Original Cookie Chip in lunch boxes, alongside a helping of their recipe for Tropical Fruit Salsa. When they scoop the salsa up with these “chips” it gets a little more fresh food and vitamins in them.

Available online: hannahmax.com/cookies

Also available at local Whole Foods, Vons, Pavilions and Gelson’s markets.

photo credit: Cookie Chips®

What are your local Back to School secrets? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose