Thursday, August 25, 2011
Healthy School Lunch Ideas for the Picky Eater
He just started kindergarten this week and the school he is attending is very, very big on health and wellness and there are certain foods that we cannot send. There is no juice allowed. No chocolate. No processed meats or cheeses. No potato/cheese/corn chips. No cookies, no fast food, no pudding. No squeezable yogurt, applesauce only if “no sugar added” type. Okay – I agree that these aren’t healthy and we’ve got to work within these guidelines.
To find a happy medium that will please both our son and the criteria that our school is laying out, we have had to do some searching in order to find some good lunch options for him. So far, this is what we’ve sent so far this week:
Goldfish (only original color are ok with the school)
Blueberry infused craisins
Whole wheat crackers
Key Lime Yogurt
Chicken Nuggets (white meat)
Cubed Cheddar and Colby Jack Cheese
Soft taco wraps
Nachos (meat, cheese and tortilla chips for scooping)
Peanut Butter Crackers
English Muffin/Bagel Pizzas
Macaroni and Cheese
Other fruit (pineapple, whole banana, raisins, etc)
Air popped pop corn
Garden vegetable chips
Granola Bars (without chocolate)
Some other ideas for your (not as picky) child:
Peanut Butter and honey
Deli meats as sandwich or wrap
Other fruit (apples, oranges, kiwi, melons, etc)
Pasta salad (sans mayonnaise)
In less than a week I have found that he is eating better (more) at school than he did at home. I think it is because all of the other kids around him are eating. The result? He comes home happier and in a much better mood than when he was in PreK and refusing to eat what they served.
Also, I have found that he is eating what we put in his lunch because he is choosing it the night before. We give him a few choices and he picks – and so far, an empty lunch box each afternoon! Hooray!
Any other ideas that you can think of or that has worked for your child? I’m all ears and I’m sure we are not the only parents looking for help on this one!