Are you sick of making school lunches yet?! I am only making lunches for one child, 2-3 times per week, so realize I am spoiled, and my not have it as tough as moms making 3 school lunches 5 days a week! But I was so happy when I was in my son’s Kindergarten class a few weeks ago, and his super-sweet teacher’s assistant raved about his lunches! They are so “beautiful” (might have to do with the Wean Green cubes!), and don’t contain all of that packaged stuff. Which made me wonder what other kids get in their lunch – until Nolan came home from school and said: “Did you know that there’s pasta that you don’t have to cook that comes in a chip bag.” Aka ICHIBAN. Wha?! I don’t mean to judge (well maybe I do), but can’t you find something better for your kid’s lunch than Ichiban? Let’s hope this over 2000mg- sodium -bag- of- refined- carbs is a very occasional lunch. And I hope their mom doesn’t read my blog -or maybe I do, as this post may help them 🙂
I don’t claim to have it all together. While I try to make lunches as I clean up for dinner, I’ve been caught at 10:30pm (and once 7:30am day of school) with the – “dang, Nolan needs a lunch tomorrow!” A key is having a stock of healthy foods: fruit, applesauce cups, yogurt cups, homemade healthy muffins and cookies, bread, eggs, canned tuna or salmon etc, so you won’t be stuck throwing in that bag of chips or Ichiban!
Here is what I normally pack:
Morning snack: Fruit and baking. I try to have some healthy baking on hand, rather than relying on store-bought granola bars. We love our Mila Muffins! Sometimes I’ll use canned or freeze-dried fruit if I’m running low on fresh.
Lunch: Sandwich of some sort. Usually tuna salad or peanut butter (there’s no allergies in his class- yay!) or WOW butter on whole grain bread. Yes, my son has asked for “smooth bread like everyone else has – you know, the white stuff. With just jam. ” I begged for white bread when I was a kid too, and my mom didn’t relent. Thanks mom 🙂
Sometimes I will include warmed dinner leftovers in a Thermos instead of a sandwich. This is the easiest option.
I also try and include a veggie for lunch: chopped peppers, snap peas or baby carrots. This is the item that most often comes home uneaten, but will usually get eaten after school when he’s actually hungry.
Afternoon snack: Usually another fruit and/or yogurt cup or drink.
“Candy”: I often get bugged for “candy” in my son’s lunch, like “everyone else has.” While I don’t believe his tales, candy for us has been an occasional piece of chocolate, Thrive dried yogurt, or Chocolate Protein Truffles. He’s happy with that, and I’m not pumping him full of pure sugar with some red dye thrown in (aka Fruit by the Foot).
Do you have any lunch-making tips? What foods do your kids love or ask for?