In related news, we are going to try send lunches to school this year for a couple of reasons.
No. 1– My little guy kept buying two lunches a day to fill up instead of just one for a grand total of $4 a day! I can provide a heck of a lot of food that he likes and is good for him for less than $4 a day.
(Also I just found out they raised the price of lunches this year!)
No. 2 — I just think the lunches at our new school are NOT as nutritionally sound or as lovingly made as our lunches were in Gwinnett County.
Those ladies in Gwinnett made lasagna from scratch and it was good! I could smell it when I walked in the school and I was like “I’ll be staying for lunch today!”
The set up of the new lunchroom isn’t as conducive to children choosing fruits and vegetables with their main entrée. In Gwinnett the kids went down a line filling their tray and everything was together. Here the fruits and veggies are off to the side so you can pick up the main entrée and never go over there.
I have a two-fold plan to help keep lunch healthy and interesting. First off I have set aside a shelf in the fridge and a shelf in the cabinet for acceptable lunch foods for them to pick for their lunch boxes. I think if they are helping to pack then they will be more likely to eat it.
My second idea is to mix it up – sometimes hot food, sometimes cold, sometimes leftovers. I just want to give them lots of options and variety. To help do this I would love to know what you guys are sending in for lunch!
So here are some of my ideas for lunches so far:
My little guy wants a hot lunch so I am thinking I can make some healthy “fried” rice in big batches. Freeze the large containers and then pull one out a week.
Rose will eat a healthy pasta salad with veggies but Walsh won’t. I could give him just the plain pasta.
Rose likes tomato soup but I’m not sure Walsh will eat it.
Stuff they will both eat:
Ham and cheese pinwheels
Coldcuts and cheese with crackers
Fruits and veggies — grape tomatoes, cucumbers, mini carrots, apples, blueberries strawberries, melon balls, clementines
Lay’s baked chips
That article from last week about how bad take home food is thought families should make enough for dinner to send in leftovers for their lunches, which is probably more economical, healthy and time saving.
I may work on planning my dinner menus with an eye to what I can serve the next day for lunches at school.
Are you sending lunches this year? Do you think the lunches are healthy at your school? Do you think they are well made? Would you let your child buy two?