Oh okay! Well, hopefully they will be really good.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Our school doesn't provide lunches so I pack them every day.
We do sandwiches, wraps, crackers, or left overs (DS is having leftover butter chicken tomorrow) and they have 2 healthy things like raw veggies (they like carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower), apples (whole or sliced with PB for dipping), frozen berries, or whatever. DD likes yogurt. If they are lucky they get a treat (meaning there is some in the house)... usually a home made cookie or pretzels.
I got some of the sectioned lunch containers last year, worth EVERY PENNY and I have ordered more.
One DD eats gluten free so we cant even chance cross contamination for her, I pack a lunch everyday. The other one gets to eat school lunch once a week, the school lunches are AWESOME in nutritional value (small school, about 100 kids) but I am to cheap to buy them.
Most of the time I send them with leftovers from dinner the night before. I double almost every recipe, and then we eat if for lunch. 2 of us cant have gluten so the whole family eats gluten free, so I just think it is easier to do leftovers (plus then we dont have the heavy carb load of sandwiches)
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Tiven's school offers hot lunch every day, but it's a prepared frozen entree that the "cafeteria lady" warms up in a hot box. It's the same company that provides food to the hospital where I delivered both of my kids, so I've had some of the vegetarian entrees and they were all pretty good. Tiven doesn't have hot lunch every day so our agreement with the school is that she tells Miss Tam before school starts if she needs a veggie lunch that day so Miss Tam can warm one up for her on time. Our school requires prepayment for lunches; I can load money on Tiven's account online or drop off cash in the morning, but no one can pay cash at lunch time. The kids go through the line with their class and they touch their own photo on the computer screen to purchase their meal; a parent volunteer watches to make sure that the kids actually do it, and that they each touch the correct photo. Along with the hot entree, which is usually some combination of grains & protein, they also get a fruit, a vegetable, and milk.
On the days that Tiven doesn't take lunch, which is pretty much any day that she gets out of bed without hassles, she's open to pretty much anything we pack. When I'm making my grocery list, I ask what she wants for lunch and try to incorporate most of it. Some of her favorites are quick cook mac & cheese, PB&J sandwich (which she makes herself since we don't do it right), pasta salad, and a wrap with Tofurky & cheese; today was Greek Salad with hummus & pita bread which was leftovers of what I had yesterday when I was working at home. We also pack her a fruit and a vegetable and a canteen of water. Her school doesn't allow junk food: no chips, no cookies, no candy, no soda. Two times I've packed whole wheat crackers that were mistaken for chips and sent home wtih a sticky note about the junk food policy, and I've told the principal that if someone can't recognize the difference between a healthy cracker and a chip, they shouldn't be supervising lunch. But for the most part, I'm very happy with our lunch options both at school and from home.
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Our grocery store has a ton of the sectioned containers, very cheap! I got one for each of the kids.
Our school offers lunch and you load money into a card via a website, and they keep the cards at school for the kids. My son loves the lunches there although I think they are terrible! I let him have their lunches maybe twice a week and the rest of the time I make it for him. My daughter starts taking lunch next week and I am going to try to push for me making her lunch so I know what she's eating! Nathaniel is a great eater and if they offer vegetables or fruit, he takes it. Juliet will go right to the chicken fingers and bread and call it a day, so I'd rather send her with a decent sandwich and some carrots & hummus or something like that then have her lunch be part of the great unknown.
The school has pizza day once a week from a local pizza place, and they can do that with my blessing! I love our local pizza place.
But I hate the food offered at school. So much of it is crap. It's weird that my son loves it.
I don't have much time to make their lunches so I keep it simple, but if they loved last night's dinner, they can take leftovers in a thermos too. Nathaniel does that sometimes, asks for chili or pasta from the night before.
Any kids love the Olivia books? Well, Claire wants that bento box and spork that Francine has. I won't have to worry about packing a lunch until Grade 1 since she only goes 1/2 days right now.
My girls' school does have hot lunch and also a cold lunch option everyday as well (salad, lunchmeat/cheese sandwich, PB&J sandwich). They buy their lunch at school on the days they like what is on the menu and I pack it for them the other days. If we have leftovers I usually pack that in a thermos because I just think it is nice to have a hot meal. If not, I usually make them a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Occasionally I send a Lunchable because they like them so much. For sides I usually pack fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples are their favs), string cheese, crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks, or salad. I also send a juice box of some sort.