It's a nice article. "As long as your child is old enough to eat nuts and there are no allergen concerns, experiment with various forms of nut butter." -- this shouldn't even been an option for school ideas. I have not come across a school yet allows any form of nuts. Some children have a serve allergy to it! That section should be taken out. Just because your child doesn't have an allergy to it a child in his/her class mate might or a child down the hall.
And I know with the schools around here healthy lunch ideas are promoted and one day a week is chosen as an all healthy day which they encourage everyone to participate in. [of course eating healthy everyday is great :P]
But suggesting any form of nuts to take to school concerns me!
9/7/2012 2:13:31 PM
Keep in mind that many schools don't permit anything containing peanut butter in lunch rooms, because of allergy concerns.
Our friend insisted on packing peanut butter sandwiches anyway, and her son ended up eating lunch in the principle's office every day, for a whole semester....
I am not a parent yet, but I question the assertion that chocolate milk is better than no milk. Like anything, it can be part of a healthy diet, but I think the USDA recommends more dairy products than most kids and adults really need. See Harvard's School of Public Health alternate healthy eating plate for details about calcium, dairy, and health: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsourc e/healthy-eating-plate/
9/6/2012 7:29:17 AM
Excellent tips! And a very timely reminder. Thanks, SP!
8/28/2012 5:32:14 PM
we are the same in our area of canada-- not nut products of any kind. We even have one classroom with a fish alergy. There are a few things that kids will be happy to eat cold, although parents would totally turn their noses up, such as grilled cheese sandwich. I make it for my daughter in the morning and wrap it up, sometimes I cut it into cute shapes, but she likes it. I make it with real cheese, not processed slices. Not the best option, but for a kid that doesn't eat sandwiches, I take what we can get !!
Peanut Butter is a big no no in my childs day care. They have whats called "wowbutter" it looks and tastes like peanut butter but tree nut free. my 2 yr old likes it and my teenager mistaked it for real peanut butter ( had to hide it so he wouldn't eat it all) I have included the website below. :) Hope this helps. My kids love PB&J one of our favorite go to meals.
8/28/2012 1:14:51 PM
MontrealMama I have the same problem. No peanut butter, no nuts, no tree nuts and nothing that may have been in contact with nuts. This really limits what can be sent to school especially since I have a picky eater. I have to read every label before I pack it for lunch. PB & J would be so much easier!
Im not sure if anyone else is affected by this but I live in Quebec, Canada and we are forbidden from sending peanut or other nut butters to school as well as products that may have come in contact with them, they have also recently added that we cannot send eggs to school either. This makes lunch choices that much more difficult!
I realize not all schools are the same but as a "lunch lady" and mother of 4. The choices we offer at our school are very different than when I was in school and if you teach your children to make the correct choices they will. I kind of resent all the bad publicist the school systems gets these day but as I said all schools are different. We off er a lot of fresh choice and we have made to order sandwiches that you can also have grilled on a panini grill. But the state and government also give us a lot of regulation so are good and some not so much. For example the kids have to take a milk and a fruit which is a great idea but if they dont eat it, it is waste. Granted I work in the high school so the kids are older but some times it seems waste full to make them take some thing they dont want They are old enough to make up their minds.
Bagging salad is tough; but there are easier ways to get healthy foods in. Instead of traditional salad, opt for salad-wraps... where you make the sandwich wrapped in a huge leaf of lettuce! You can also add a back of raw veggies with a tiny cup of dipping sauce.
I have a teen son who will only take all disposable containers. I am always struggling to have items that can be both healthy and fit in a ziploc. It can be done but how do I get a salad into a bag? It It's hard to be cool when mommy pushes good for you! Lol
I love these ideas, especially as I have seen some of the food the school offers. I was shocked to discover how few schools have a kitchen anymore, plastic wrapped lunches are heated in another location & delivered to the school!
I would add that you need need to be aware if your child's school is a peanut free zone & plan accordingly. I find almond butteer makes a good substitute (thought it is more expensive). I think the smoothie idea is very clever & will pass that along to my friend with a hard to feed first grader.
Be cautious with what low fat products you are offering a child (or yourself). Most have strange chemicals or sugar added in place of the fat. Sometimes a little full fat is better than a lot of additive fillled substitute.
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