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DD is 7. She packed on the pounds in the last few months, one of the reasons I woke up and said, enough, we are getting healthier. It's my fault, she's a couch potato, and I didn't say stop. Came up with a plan for breakfast and lunch for her. What I have done is told her these 5 options are what you can have for breakfast, pick one, and same for lunch. Love your ideas, as these are good adds to the lunch menu.
My kids (5th and 1st graders) love salads.
I have two daughters ten and seven and I used to dread lunches until I came up with a lunch template. It is a grain product, a protein, a vegetable, a fruit, a dairy and once or twice a week, a treat. The kids have figured out the plan and will help with suggestions the night before. Their favourites are cottage cheese with low fat crackers, yogurt or applesauce with whole wheat pretzels for dipping, celery with cheeze whiz ( on the side as it gets slimy if it is on early with two or three chocolate chips for topping - can't quite sell raisins yet). The oldest loves to put her salad in a pita. This plan works for both of them as the oldest eats it all in one sitting, with something left over for an after school activity while the youngest is a grazer and fortunately their school allows snacking on healthy foods at breaks. They do like hot foods but as some of our winter days are minus 40 and unless the wind is brutal they don't get to go in early so the thermos does not save the soup from cooling - but I am working on finding a better thermos.
Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda
I have 3 kids. My oldest daughter is going into 9th grade. My middle girl is going into 6th grade. My youngest son is going into 4th grade. The girls have refused to buy lunch at school for at least the last three years. My son buys his lunch usually twice a week, but our school cafeteria was the pilot program this last year for much healthier lunches. Here are some of the things they take for lunches.
Chopped fruit with plain greek yogurt
Bagel chips with hummus
Just a pile of fruit
Make a salad and take it
Lunchmeat (organic, freerange turkey) turned into a roll with lettuce
Pretzels with a little cup of peanut butter
Yogurt put in the freezer overnight - it's still just slightly frozen at lunch and makes a great dessert
Occasionally soup or leftovers in a thermos (they usually don't want to deal with the thermos)
Peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat with homemade low sugar jam
Container of tuna salad or chicken salad
We do leftovers in a thermos - pasta, meatloaf, chili, etc. I heat the thermos with hot water while I am heating up the meal in the microwave.
I will send things for wraps also - my now first grader loves assembling them. I wish I had started my older son on wraps - he will not eat them, but he will do whole wheat bread for sandwiches so it all works.
we do salads with meat too..it takes a bigger lunchbox that is for sure!
I have my 8th grader assemble his meat sandwiches sunday night and we freeze them (sans lettuce which turns to water - I send some in a baggie) He just has to grab it out of the fridge and throw it in the lunch box. Saves a lot of time. By lunch time it is thawed; and, it works like an ice pack to keep things cold.
If you do a google search you will find much better ideas than mine.
This summer went way too fast!!
School starts in about three weeks. I pack lunches for my kids (8th grade and 4th grade). They don't mind taking lunches, but they get tired of the same sandwiches everday. Any ideas for healthy lunchbox foods?