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9/23/11 10:02 P

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My son's middle school has a microwave, but he LOVES the middle school food. The elementary school does NOT have a microwave and my girls HATE the elem. school food! The only way we have been able to do something hot is by using the Thermos. Just FYI, there are various brands/sizes of thermos's out there. I had bought one from Lands End for like $10 and it NEVER kept anything hot. So...I opted to get the "Thermos" brand...we bought the smaller thermos and they are on the pricey side (about $20 at Target) BUT they are tried and true. My daughter's have said that the soup they take is sometimes too hot! Hope that helps!!

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9/23/11 3:51 P

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Thank you SOOO MUCH!! You have no idea how helpful this is!!! I will def. look into the thermos!!! She loves the food from home and hates not being able to take it to school because of the lack of a microwave! Thank you!

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9/23/11 2:06 P

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The more fruit and veggies we have the better it is for us.

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9/23/11 8:50 A

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You can use the 100 cal bread rounds from arnold for the sandwich. Use only low fat meats like turkey or chicken. No ham or bologna. Pack water and not a sugary drink and make sure to put in carrots sticks and a fruit to balance out the meal.

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9/22/11 1:30 P

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My son is a twig, and he just grabs a container of Ramen in the morning (really boy, really?) so no help there...

What I do for myself is to grab a container of leftovers (we're really good about packaging leftovers in single serving containers) and a big tub of raw veggies (lunch today is a cup of homemade navy bean soup and a tub of bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots). I usually have a small container of lower calorie salad dressing (right now I'm on a honey mustard kick. I get the "regular" versions, they're still much lower calorie & fat than the usual side of ranch dressing). I think the tub of veggies is the most important part of my lunch :)

When I do make myself sandwiches, I tend to only use mustard as a condiment (again, lower cal/fat than mayo).

Hope this is helpful.

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9/22/11 12:54 P

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I cant really help you on that because my nephew have to lose 11 pounds to play football. So he eat at school and when he come home I cut his dinner down. He have to drink 4 bottle of water and jog around the house twice the days he dont have football practice. He have 2 pounds left. Good Luck

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9/22/11 12:42 P

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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!)

Good luck!

Dawn

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9/22/11 12:15 P

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Hello all!! I'm trying to find healthier ways to feed my 14yr old at lunch time.. lets face it, school cafeteria food is the worst! She's about 20lbs over her weight and I want to help her by avoiding lunch from the school... I want to mix it up a bit for her, but its been pretty hard to think out of the "sandwich box"... Any suggestions?

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