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Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
 

 

Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Welcome! This is the 2nd post of a 3 post series featuring tips about packing lunches for children. Last week I focused on packing lunch for preschoolers (Pre-K). This week I focus on lunches for children in  Kindergarten through 5th grade and next week I’ll cover grade 6 and beyond. If you are a blogger and have a URL featuring tips or photos of lunches for this age group please feel free to link up at the bottom of this post (while it is available).

Only one of my 4 children fit into this age bracket. My son Brendan. Brendan is in 5th grade so he just barely fits in this category. He has just reached the age where he is becoming embarrassed by cutesy gestures. I have had so much fun packing some creative lunches for Brendan and luckily the fun doesn’t have to end, it just has to be more reserved. Let’s however leave this topic for next week! And instead focus on where we have been!

 

Here are my lunch tips and thoughts about packing lunches for Kindergarten through 5th grade:

  1. Get those kids involved – Kiddos in this age bracket have some definite opinions on what they like and what they don’t like. They are also definitely willing to share those opinions with you. Seek this input from your children. Have your child participate in packing lunch if they are willing and let them make some selections for their own lunches. Consider letting them choose a recipe from a cookbook or online to make. Talk with them about healthy eating and about packing lunches with less waste. Need menu inspiration? Check out Momables, an inexpensive subscription lunch menu service. Also go check out these kids in action packing their own lunch: Bento Kids!
  2. Go crazy – You don’t have to but you can if you want to! Lunchbox accessories are no longer off limits. You can use food picks, cupcake rings and whatever other creative lunchbox décor you can dream up. Choking is no longer as high of a risk as it is for the little ones! Food no longer needs to be cut into bite sized pieces as it does for toddlers. Explore these freedoms! Draw inspiration from what your children love. It doesn’t have to be a bento master piece. One small detail is all it takes!
  3. Pack it cold – In this age bracket children rarely have access to means to heat up lunch. They also usually don’t have access to a fridge to keep their lunch cold. Pack lunches meant to be eaten cold. Pack lunches to stay cold or pack lunches that need little to no refrigeration! Most standard lunchboxes do not keep food at food safe temperatures for longer than 2 hours. Use 2 ice packs instead of 1 to prevent spoiling. Also consider freezing drinks or yogurts so they will stay fresh, these will defrost by lunch time. If your child prefers a hot lunch consider investing in a good thermal container.
  4. Keep it together – There is a wide range of maturity in this age bracket but many kids will not remember or will not be able to hold their lunchbox flat. Sauces, dips or dressings should be placed in leak proof lidded containers. Food should be packed tightly to stay in place. Consider using compartmentalized containers like Lunchbots or Easylunchboxes. Use silicon baking cups or bento baran to act as food dividers.

Still have more questions? Like to know more about lunches featured in this post? Feel free to contact me via email (email on left sidebar) or by commenting on this post and I will attempt to help you work through them! Remember to check out the blogs linking up below for more lunches packed for elementary school aged children! Refer back to last week’s post for Preschoolers for additional lunch packing tips.

Sincerely,

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Superbowl Showdown…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
 

Superbowl Showdown! Will you be watching?

Although our favorite team failed to make it to the Superbowl this year, I assure you my family would not miss watching this game! We are huge sports fans (well, most of us) and this year promises to be yet another sensational showdown! There are so many intense storylines, East versus West and brother pitted against brother, that make this game a must see unfolding drama to behold! All this meeting in neutral territory to play out in the heart of Louisiana… New Orleans!

Even if you are not a sports fanatic, as my family is, perhaps you tune in just for the commercials? These ads will be widely discussed for days following the big game. The best or the worst, no matter, will surely gain their businesses much publicity so well worth the millions invested for these brief moments! Let’s face it, you can’t miss watching that E-Trade baby! What will that wacky baby be up to this year? Haha! Or the infamous Go-Daddy commercials? Maybe the craziness of the Doritos commercials? Which are you waiting to see?

Maybe your oblivious to the commercials? Well what about the half time show? Does that draw your interest? I know the world will be tuning in to see Beyonce perform in the wake of her controversial inauguration lip synching. Rumor has it there will be a Destiny’s Child reunion. I wonder what else?

Superbowl squares? Yes, no, maybe? ;) Well alright then!

Even if none of that appeals to you I am sure you are aware that the big game is this weekend? February 3rd in New Orleans and my family is ready! We will be watching, snacking and cheering so hopefully this year’s showdown will not disappoint! In celebration I surely had to put together a Superbowl lunch for my 10 year old Brendan! This is a lunch that will most definitely appeal to my XBox playing, Madden 2013 loving son!

This Superbowl themed lunch is served in a Lunchbots Trio and includes:

  • A football shaped sandwich with the letters XLVII cut from cheese on top representing the 47th Superbowl. The crown pick represents New Orleans where the showdown will be played out!
  • The red strawberries subtlely represent the team color for the San Francisco 49ers while the purple grapes do the same for the Baltimore Ravens. 2 football picks are poked into the fresh produce, one for each team!
  • Finally the green snap pea crisps and the white salt pepper popped rice cakes give a nod to the field.

Now I am left to wonder who this year’s victor will be! Do you have a favorite?

Sincerely,

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Baby it is More Than Cold Outside!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
 

I woke up this morning and checked the weather on my trusty iPhone. I did not want to get out of bed. The temp outside? -2 degrees celsius below zero! That is without considering windchill. I wanted to stay in bed buried under the covers but it is only Thursday so get up I did. Of course it is not like my littles would have let me sleep much longer anyway ;) !

So I embraced the cold and made a lunch for Brendan appropriate for the climate. A penguin themed lunch since afterall the outside temperature was reminicent of their Antartic home! Haha! I also made sure everyone was properly bundled up! Hey at least it wasn’t snowing outside!

Brendan’s Sitting Penguin lunch (pictured above) packed in a Lunchbots Trio included:

  •  A Peanut butter sandwich (for National Peanut Butter Day hurray!). I used a square crinkle cutter for the outside shape and then stamped the penguin shape on (it is a cutter but I didn’t press all the way down). I then cut the penguin and sky details out of cheddar cheese using some additional cutters. I used a toothpick to poke holes for the eyes. The bread is like a canvas today!
  • Fresh produce today is: Apple slices, cucumber slices and strawberry slices with a couple of snowflake food picks tucked in.
  • Finally corn tortilla chips for a crunchy snack.

I went with leftovers for the adults today! Afterall on a cold day freshly heated leftovers will provide warmth and sustenance.  Grownup lunches (pictured below) packed in Easylunchboxes containers included:

  • Leftover breakfast casserole
  • Edamame which will be peeled and eaten
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Mixture of Annie’s snack mix and cinnamon and flax coated walnuts. 

It really is a bit of a mish mash lunch but I think of it like hitting the brunch buffet table. I little bit of this, a little bit of that. Lunch can be a great way to use up items from both your pantry and fridge!

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