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I usually send my two year old to preschool with a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, grapes, and a low fat mozzarella string cheese stick.
Good health is the best medicine.
I used to pack my daughter too much. Typically it would be.. a sandwich, chips, fruit or veggies and some kind of sweet, like cookie or pudding. Then for her morning snack at school, something crunchy and then a friut. Both, I would send a drink box.
NOW... I cut back. She is a little picky.. but I pack less than half of what I used to. Now I pack for the day One large water bottle, and for lunch 1/2 of tortilla wrap with lettuce, tomato, one slice of bacon, and one slice of turkey, with a smigen of mayo... and some grapes. Thats it. Or, soup in a thermos (healthy kinds, or homeade)with whole wheat crakers.
Today, I heated up a smart ones mac and cheese, put in her thermos, and some kiwi fruit. I usually don't like the prepacked foods, but there is not a lot of stuff she will eat, so it gives her variety. She doesnt miss all the other stuff I used to pack, and now it comes back empty! Before, there was a lot of waste, and usually the healthier things were left.. LOL
For snack, I only pack one item, usually friut. Sometimes, she askes for something crunchy, and I will pack whole wheat crakers, or pretzels and give her a small portion of friut along with it. Once in a great while I will pack a cookie, that way she doesnt feel deprived. And, only one time a week, I let her buy lunch at school. She usually chooses the chicken nugget day.
My girls are 10 & 12
1-main meal sandwich, wrap, roll, with various meats , cheeses etc.
1 fruit for their "morning break" (they get reward cards for eating fruit at this break from the school)
yoghurt, or custard type treat
snack item- homemade cookies, or rice crackers and cheese pieces usually, but the occassional meusli bar
1 more bit of fruit to eat in the bus lines after school otherwise they are too hungry by the time the bus drops them off!
Edited by: SAVINARED at: 10/14/2007 (01:03)
Because I CAN!
My kids like to take the low fat triscuits as their "bread". My oldest like to make sandwiches out of the triscuits and mozerella cheese. He also likes to take pineapple rings and celery with chocolate milk.
All great ideas...My daughter is pretty picky,but does love fruit and veggies and salad.. Thanks
I thought it would be a good topic to help other parents pack lunches...
Good topic! I had told my pediatrician my daughters daily eating and she said it was a pretty typical kids menu but to just make sure she gets lots of exercise. I couldn't figure out why she is a little plump but am sure it is the age.
Since there is a child in her class that has a peanut allergy and we can't pack anything with peanuts (which is really a bummer!), she has a fruit, a drink (either juice or water), sometimes a veggie like carrots, and a meat sandwich. I will sometimes do a hot dish in a thermos for her like leftovers from dinner or mac and cheese. She is real picky and most of the time half of what I pack ends up coming home anyway. I also throw in string cheese once in awhile.
At the beginning of hte year I had all these great menu's for her that I had gotten from a kids cookbook and from Whole Foods website but I'm not a morning person and again, she is so picky that the food goes to waste. So, I am sticking with what she knows and I know she will eat.
My daughter has turkey rolled up or on a sandwich, either strawberries, apple, pineapple, nectarine, or carrots with fat free ranch dressing for dipping, and a cheese stick, small baggy of doritos, or 2 cookies. She knows that if she does not eat all of her sandwich and fruit she will no longer be able to have to chips or cookies. She has done this since she first started school. Hope this helps. Karen
1 main item (sandwich on whole grain bread - turkey, ham, cheese I try to buy the non-heavily processed deli items; hard-boiled eggs; tortilla wrap; something warm in a thermos - great for leftover spaghetti, lasagna, mac & cheese, soup, stews...)
1 bottle (reusable) of water
1 "snicky-snack": granola bar, cookie, baked chips, nuts, raisins...
occasionally a quick note saying "I love you" "I miss you" "Have a good day" "See you at ..."
I'm lucky to have an ultra responsible 8yo who brings back all her reusable containers, so I never have to use plastic bags. We'll see about the 4yo....
Eat [real] food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
My oldest of three kids is the only one that goes to school full time and eats lunch there. But we pack her turkey on wheat bread, or roast beef on wheat bread, carrot or apple slices, fat free/sugar free jello, maybe some wheat pretzels. Sometimes she takes a thermos of chicken noodle soup. A good way to keep it really hot is pour boiling water in the thermos and let it sit for a couple minutes. Empty it and pour the hot soup in it. Should stay hot until lunch. You could also make berry smoothies and freeze it over night. It should be mostly thawed by lunch time. Grilled chicken is good hot or cold and thankfully, two out of three of my kids like salads, so that is always an option.
Hope that helps. Even cheese on whole grain crackers and some fruit is a good lunch.
Goal: To reach 140 lbs by 8/1/14
What are some healthy things for kids lunches at school??