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by Coach Debbie
MOOOOOOOMMMMMMM, WHAT’S IN MY LUNCHBOX TODAY?
Gone are the days of swapping Oreos for Oatmeal Cream Pies. Today’s kids are healthy, thanks to you. What in the world are you going to give those critters to eat in the cafeteria? Remember that repeated exposure to foods creates a taste for those items. A kid (or mom) who hates kale at first taste may grow to love it by the tenth time. You kept feeding that newborn peas so same principal here. Go for a “take it or leave it” approach and offer healthy foods at home so that it’s no different at school. You know your kids best; they may not like pears but happily eat strawberries. There is no need for junk food!
My kids began packing their lunch boxes at age 5. I spent a couple of afternoons showing them and supervising. Stop doing every single thing for them. I made a sign on the fridge of everything to include with both words and pictures (protein, fruit, veggies, water, and a carb). Oh, and keep portions realistic; I eat lunch at my kid’s school often enough to know that most students eat very little and throw away a lot of food.
Make things appealing. Let them pick out their lunch box and storage containers. Put food in muffin tin liners, wrap ham around a pickle, or stack veggies on toothpicks.
Here are some ideas!
PACKED LUNCH IDEAS FOR KIDS
PROTEINS and FATS:
Sliced lunch meat
“Sandwiches” (instead of bread: cucumber slices, lettuce wraps, halved bell peppers or big mushrooms)
Homemade protein energy balls
Salad with meat
Single serving cups (with no added sugar)
Homemade fruit leather
Snow peas / sugar snap peas
Fresh green beans
CARBS and DESSERTS:
Gluten-free crackers (on occasion)
Paleo bread (on occasion)
Rice and beans
Homemade trail mix
Dehydrated veggie “chips”
Okay, let's hear from you! What's going in their lunchbox this year?