Well, I have made it my mission to make my son quality school lunches this year for his first year in school…. KINDERGARTEN! We are on day 2 and so far I am only halfway there. I follow a lady, who is a little bit of an extremist, but it works for her and her family. She has dedicated her life to teaching her kids, family, and friends, and now blogging world to eating healthy, clean, and organic. I agree that some of the things she does requires meal planning and prepping for a family with young kids to be a full time job. So my goal is to take as much as I reasonably can and implement them in my house hold. Over the past 8 months we have been getting better at providing more nutritious foods for our kids. We still allow them to eat too much sweat and processed foods than I would like, however, with 2 busy working parents and opening your business, life sometimes gets in the way.
I like to look at all these issues as learning opportunities. When we first reintroduced vegetables to our kids (8 months ago) it took every ounce of energy my husband and I had to stick to our guns and force them to eat 3 bites of everything on their plate. It only took about 3 days for them to understand this concept and try new foods. Now both kids at least try all foods that are put on their plates.
Which brings me to the school lunches. I sat my 5 year old son down on Sunday (the day before the first day of school) and asked him what he wanted in his lunch. He said:
Hot Dog (he likes hot dogs because he can eat them fast!)
and of course I add Snap Peas
And he adds a chocolate chip cookie!
I told him I would give him what he asked for in his lunches if he promised to eat all of his “real” food before he ate his cookie. The most important thing that I told him was to not throw anything away. I told him that “Mommy doesn’t know you don’t like things unless you leave them in your lunch box and tell me.” To my surprise, he actually listened to me!!!!! Sure enough he ate all of his strawberries, half his hot dog, no cheese , no snap peas, AND HE LEFT THE COOKIE!
MY 5 YEAR OLD DIDN’T EAT HIS COOKIE! WOW
He ate the rest of his lunch for a snack after school and then of course ate his cookie! I was so proud of him.
Which leads me to the plan for the rest of the year. Of course, for the last 2 months I have been Pinning ideas for school lunches and found some amazing ideas. Now the tricky part is to implement them.
Just like meal planning and prepping that I have mastered with trial and error over the past 8 months, its going to take some time to learn how and when do master these healthy lunches. Not just healthy, but lunches he has time to eat, and actually likes.
This week I am going to try:
These should all be pretty easy to be able to make ahead of time, at least a few days. I want to try and find more recipes that I can make a whole batch of and freeze them to be able to be used each week, like the pizza pops.
What have you put in your own lunches or your kids school lunches to ensure the proper nutrition and low carb/sugar?