I have a confession. Last year I fell into a lunch rut, oh and ok maybe it was more then just last year.
I shamefully filled my son’s lunch bag with dyed yogurt tubes (insert your brand name here), chips, “fruit” gummies and those not really juice boxes, ALL of those things and nearly everyday. I had every reason in the book to justify it: he likes it, it’s all I have time for, I’m a working mother of 4, it’s easier, it’s cheaper, I know he’ll eat it, he’ll starve otherwise and all the other kids are having the same thing anyway… right? I’m not proud of it but it happened.
I get it… that’s not the exactly a lunch filled with nutrition. I’m here now to put an end to it. I’ve vowed that those items will be ocassional treats and not the regular menu. I can do better then that. I know I can! He deserves better then that! Even if he hates me initially for making the changes haha!
So why am I sharing this guilt trip with you? Well it’s back-to-school time. I’m sure you’ve noticed. Oh yeah and I started this whole blog thing about lunch, have you heard? So for these reasons I’m starting to brain storm and come up with ideas for his lunches this coming school year. His name is Brendan by the way. He is 10 years old and he is a picky eater due to some sensory issues. There, my friends, is another reason on that justification list above.
No more excuses! His lunch is changing! All of our lunches have been changing, transforming into something better, into something healthier! I do however believe in moderation. I do believe in treats but dyed yogurt tubes, chips, “fruit” gummies and those not really juice boxes in the lunch bag everyday is out the door! Instead I will highlight for you some of the new lunch snacks my family is trying and letting you know what we think of them. Maybe you in turn will try some in your lunch bag and transform your lunch too.
This week I am practicing adding the extra big kid lunches into my schedule. My 14 year old daughter likes to help out and often even packs her own lunch. She helped me with these last night (thank you Bailee)!
Grown up Lunch of the Day:
Orange cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, mini croissant sandwich, cucumber orange salad, sweet potato tortilla chips
Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Chicken nuggets, strawberry, blueberry, freeze dried peas, Smart Fries
5th Grader Practice Lunch of the Day:
Nutella sandwich on Goldfish Bread, Smart Fries, Grapes, Strawberry and cucumbers
Teenager Lunch of the Day:
Leftover cheeseburger wrap, cheese stick, orange cherry tomatoes, cucumber orange salad, grapes
Sweeet Potato Tortilla Chips – the whole family is enjoying these and I personally could eat the whole bag!
Smart Fries – Popped potato sticks with sea salt. I find them bland but I am alone on this one because the rest of the gang loves them!
Freeze dried peas are by Archer Farms and purchased at Target. Delicious but did not stay crispy in lunch box. Will be a great snack at home! Yum!
Grown up and big kid lunches featured in Easylunchboxes containers
Finally the cucumber orange salad is dressed with fresh lime juice and chopped mint, that’s it! Simply skip the dressing if for picky eaters!