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I wish we could have nuts .... peanut butter ... my GK's love PB... and it is so healthy
Soy butter is horrible and does not really taste like peanut butter. And then the school banned soy products. We see mostly cheese sticks in lunches brought from home. Fresh fruit is nice, but too often tossed away. Carrots need to be boiled if you want your child to absorb the Vitamin A from them. I never gave kids fruit leather, yuck. It's hard to send kids to school with lunch, and putting stuff into fancy containers also means lost containers too often. It's tough!
Good idea for working lunches, as well.
My girls like to pack cheese sticks and honey whole wheat pretzels when we do a day trip.
This would be a dream article for me except, when my daughter went to school, she ate nothing.... I even packed candy a couple of times and it came back untouched. Not milk, not fruit, not trail mix.... nothing. The teacher said that my daughter was too busy socializing during lunch, so it would all come back.
She is home-schooled now, so I don't have those issues, but I am still trying to get her to eat healthy. I just wish I knew how to get her to even eat!
Great article. Our kids need to eat healthier meals.
My child's school has a lot of children with severe nut, mango, kiwi and legume allergies. Definitely makes it a challenge to pack a healthy lunch, but we make do. I've noticed some other comments stating that it's not fair that the kids can't take products that have nuts in them. I understand the frustration, but I've seen first hand (I work in a school) of how even the tiniest bit of nut oil was transferred and a student went into anaphylactic shock. I definitely think the health of kids' with allergies outweighs another child's wish for nut based food.
too bad - schools don't allow any nut product and believe it our not - our schools don't even allow soy products. Makes my life interesting because I have a child that doesn't like meat - of any kind including fish and is not fussy on eggs or cheese. It is okay right now because he is in day care and they given them fruit and veggies for snacks and I supply the lunch but next year at school will be harder. Oh yeah - he is not a fan of sandwiches neither - I think in the 10 months I have had him - he has eaten maybe 4 slices of bread, no tortillas and no pitas. Lots of fun and a challenge. Of course suppers are also fun. 4 1/2 years old and on the way to becoming a vegetarian. Sure hope his eating habits change as he gets older.
I agree with the comment about potential allergens being banned at schools. Ours have been for years. NO nut products of any sort. It is a very important food group but can be consumed at home. Not worth risking another child"s LIFE!
Fruit leathers that are 100% fruit are definitely available (even some with veggies too) however they really stick in the teeth and cause a breeding ground for cavities. Not a good choice for school were you can't brush them right after.
Some very good ideas though. Having very picky eaters it' always a challenge :)
"Real Life Tips For Real Life Moms" - I've got a real life tip for the author - mom's aren't the only ones that prepare lunches for their kids.
Great tips! Very practical advice. Thanks.
If your kid is active with no weight problem, you really don't have to use "low fat" versions of anything. I'd rather have them eat "real" fat than a bunch of chemicals and artificial ingredients used to simulate real fat.
Sorry, I just keep reading so many of these articles on SparkPeople and think "How 80's and 90s." Time to come in to the 21st century and read the newer research on what people should eat to maintain health. (And...research not funded by major corporations who are trying to sell their products with the results.)
I am so glad that my children naturally choose healthy food options.
In our area, parents are required to sign forms that they will not send their children with any potential allergy foods, such as peanut butter, nuts, or sesame seeds...so some of these suggestions would not work. I would love to see an article that would provide suggestions while keeping this in mind!
This is an interesting take on school lunches but, getting the kids to make good choices in a "society" of peer pressure isn't as easy as making a good lunch is.
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