Thanks for your tips but she won't eat the cooked carrots either. We still make plates for her at dinner and what she doesn't eat she doesn't eat but since I'm sending her with a lunch it just feels so rotten to not give her something she will eat. She is not quite 5 and leaves everyday between 820-830 and isn't home until 4. Her behavior sinks and her tantrums increase when she is hungry (me too! I get "hangry" when I miss a meal or my snack lol). I don't think her teachers judge as they know her sensory issues come with her diagnosis but I feel like they do. I can hide things but she can't be able to smell them. That's her issue...the smell. Like I can make a chicken quesadilla but it has to be plain chicken and I have to grind it up and bury it in cheese. I can make American chop suey and she'll eat it sometimes, sometimes not, and sometimes picks out the ground beef bits. Where I luck out is in sauces like for spaghetti. If she happens to be in a sauce mood lol. Then I can puree some veggies into it. She's a tricky gal and like I said her sister is super easy and never went through any phase or changes like this.
I think that a teacher commenting on what other parents send in their children's lunch to a different parent is bull****.
I don't buy the argument that fresh produce is more expensive than junk, number one, and number two, I would argue that for many overweight or obese people the convenience of processed packaged crap is more appealing than buying a bag of carrots that they have to *gasp* peel and prepare. $1.99 for a 2L of pop, or a buck more for milk. No one is going to convince me that the dollar is the deciding factor in whether someone chooses pop or milk. It's sugar addiction.
I'll just give you one example: One bag of Cuties Oranges are $5.00! You can buy two bags of chips, or four boxes of Little Debbie sweets, or two boxes of sugary cereal, or four Lunchables for the same amount of money. Of course everyone wants to go for the oranges as it would be better for their kids to eat, but with so many families on severely tight budgets due to our crappy economy, what do you think they're more inclined to purchase? It's the same for a bag of apples, or sliced pineapple... its ridiculous how much more healthy items cost. And one dollar more for something when you're feeding a family adds up quickly, so of couse those that are struggling are going togo for what's cheaper. $1.00 saved on 50 items is a lot.
But why does it have to be cuties oranges? What about buying seasonal fruits and veggies and then the price wouldn't be so high? I typically buy regular oranges and it is much cheaper. I don't buy oranges when they aren't in season because they taste crappy and cost a lot for crappy fruit.
Buying cheap food and not having fresh food may seem cheaper in the long run but when your health goes downhill and you are buying supplements, paying doctor's copayments and losing time to see physicians it won't seem so cheap.
Think about complications of diabetes alone.
I do know what you are saying, and agree that healthy snacks can be a lot more expensive than junk ones. One tip you might want to think of, go to the bulk isle where they have gallon size cans of fruit. Then divide into small Tupperware dishes for lunches for the week. It is much cheaper than buying individual servings.
I've never bough fruit can in a can. Another thought.
I have bought mandarin oranges in a can but that's like a treat/dessert for my kids I don't count it as fruit for the day due to the syrup. I found I was getting more for my money in the cans, I can recycle them but I can't recycle the plastic dishes and they had less sugar and less syrup than the the cup ones (I drain them anyway) but most fruit, like canned veggies, has lost a lot of nutrients from sitting in the syrup (or water for the veggies).