This week welcomed another school year. Boo started 3rd grade, and Hunter 8th. They were both so excited for school, for their own reasons.
This week also got me back into my pre-school day routine. I make Boo’s lunch everyday, very rarely does she have school lunch. This is a financial reason, but also I want to know what she is eating.
We started doing this in 1st grade for Boo, when I just couldn’t take school lunches changing on a moments notice and not being happy with the choices she had each day. So this made the decision easier, much easier.
Yes, she gets PB&J Sandwhiches some days, but she also gets real meat sandwiches, with real cheese (not cheese food – ick!). While milk is good for kids, it isn’t good for their teeth over and over day after day. So she gets water for lunches, and every once in a while some 100% juice. We got her a leak-proof (we shall see) water bottle this year, so we won’t have to buy the mini water bottles again! I hated that last year!
We also got Boo a thermos, so that she can bring soup, hot-dish and even chili (one of her favorites!). I know that last year she was getting sick of a sandwich everyday, so we hope that this year the thermos will make a difference.
We also do wraps: chicken, turkey and ham wraps for sure but we will explore new ones this year too (veggie ones).
Boo is not a picky eater, neither of my kids are. They will eat what is put in front of them, and will always try new things. We did a lot of testing last year, different veggies (she LOVES jicama) and testing what would stand up to a 8 year-old’s backpack (not everything will!). We have found that lunch box containers work wonderfully, smaller tupperware containers, and that the sandwich keeper from Tupperware is REALLY worth the money. I do need to get new smaller containers for her…
We do fruit in each lunch too, it changes each time. I stock up on whatever is one sale and in season. When we have grapes we always freeze them the night before so that they are still REALLY cold when she eats them at lunch, warm grapes are nasty. We don’t do cut apples often, they get gross by the time lunch comes, but if she has enough teeth (last year she didn’t ALL YEAR LONG) I will give her a whole apple for snack time. We used to do pears all the time, but the prices haven’t been as good the last couple years so those have been rare. We do lots of berries when they are in season, which is usually the end of the year, and anything else I can get a good price on.
Very rarely do we send her to school with a pre-packaged fruit. So much sugar,and who knows what else. We do some snacky stuff (pretzels etc) but only in small amounts. Her school had a rule last year that only fruits and veggies could be brought for snacks. This year that rule doesn’t apply to her this year, but that is my rule too so I was glad it was there. So many of her friends bring cookies, sugary cereal and other stuff that is just not healthy. To each their own, but it can be disappointing.
This got way longer then I thought it would…wow. I am adament about lunches both at home and school and passions come out in me!
What do you do for lunches at school?