My daughters HATE the cafeteria food (they are in elementary school, still). We pack pretty much every day. I would suggest getting a good thermos. You can then pack soups (low in calories usually) or things with sauces or even just keep items warm (my daughter's will sometimes take warmed leftover pizza in their thermos). They definitely help with the "sandwich box" mentality. Other "healthier" options are "wraps" with whole grain or lower fat/calorie tortilla options. If she's a salad eater, that's not too difficult to pack either. They sell the mini containers for dressings and such. I pack baby carrots or cucumbers with a small amount of dip. Fruits - Del Monte makes these cups called "fruit naturals" and they have no sugar options. I actually use these as well b/c they are handy and only pack about 60 calories. Let's see...fruit salad and yogurt, leftover chicken breast with veggies & brown rice (thermos!)...I really think the thermos will help. If you like to pack her a snack along with lunch...granola, trail mix, some of the prepackaged 100 calorie snacks are options.
One thing I've been teaching my girls (especially since I am following SP) is to read the nutrition labels. That way they understand portion control. We actually count out 16 wheat thins or 19 mini pretzels...they no longer FILL the the ziploc bags. It's a good time to show them the way to a healthier lifestyle...
I do agree, however, about the options the cafeteria offers. They are just plain BAD...especially in middle-school. My son (13) RAVES about how good the cookies are! You release them into the world and hope they make good decisions, but I can tell you, when I was 14 I would definitely finish off my lunch by buying ice cream bars or cookies!
My youngest daughter, though TALL, is overweight as well. She's only 7, however, instead of pushing the big "D" (diet) word on her, I am really trying to educate her on making good choices. I don't forbid the bad snacks, but together we talk about what she's had during the day and does it make sense to have ANOTHER bad snack or find something healthy.
I hope this helps a bit. I am always trying to find ideas as well, b/c I don't want my kids to endure the burdens of bad choices (as I did my entire life!)
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