P.G. asks from Sheboygan, WI on August 12, 2008
School Lunch Ideas - Sheboygan,WI
As you all know, school will be starting before long and I am looking for ideas on what foods pack well for lunches as my son will be starting all day kindergarten.
I would love to send along peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but he is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, plus he is just a picky eater all around!
Any ideas would be much appreciated!
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Thank you everyone who responded and to those who still plan to respond.
This is all great information. With all your help, I feel "armed" with lots of great alternatives.
A.V. answers from Duluth on August 13, 2008
My kids are not yet in school but the best thing I've found for picnics is hummus in a pita sandwich. Pita makes it less messy and you can even put cheese in there and/or avocado. Instead of peanut butter and jelly, you can do Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. Also, cooked penne noodles (plain) are easy to pick up and eat...they make some with ground flax sold in the organic section at Cub. Good luck!
S.S. answers from Milwaukee on August 13, 2008
I found some fantastic lunch ideas online. I just typed in "kids lunches", "nutritional kids lunches, " etc. and got like 500 ideas. Try it. THe "YMCA" also has a section on nutritious kids lunches on their website.
J.G. answers from Milwaukee on August 13, 2008
Took this off my weight management site:
Planning ahead involves making a list of nutrient-dense foods each week that are fit for the lunch box or brown bag.
“The essentials of a packed lunch are protein (meat), crunchy (fruit and vegetable), and something to drink,” said Judy Dodd, registered dietitian and Giant Eagle food and nutrition adviser based in Pittsburgh.
She recommends sending salads, hummus with raw vegetables, and salsa and cheese or turkey and whole grain crackers.
“Have at least three food groups, and a beverage is a fourth food group” if you send milk for vitamin D and calcium, or if your child buys milk at school. Packing milk means you absolutely need a cold pack or cold bottle. If you are sending juice, use 100 percent juice.
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“This [plan] works for adults, too, for nutrition and food safety,” she said. You can make the sandwich the night before and freeze it. In the morning put the frozen sandwich in the lunch box and it will keep other foods cold. By lunch time it will be defrosted.
She also suggested putting a frozen water bottle in the lunch to keep the food cold
An average sandwich becomes more nutritious if it is made with 100 percent whole-wheat bread or white whole-wheat bread. You can also use rolls or mini honey whole-wheat bagels for mini-bites, Ms. Weiss said.
“Romaine lettuce leaves are higher in vitamin A than iceberg lettuce,” she said. “Use low-fat cheese with turkey. Add shredded carrot to roll-ups or tuna or salmon salad.”
They recommend a black bean dip to eat with tortilla chips or such veggies as baby carrots. They pack plastic containers with cut-up fresh fruit such as strawberries, melon, and grapes. If you cut up apples, use a little lemon juice so the slices don’t turn brown.
Take advantage of farmers’ markets at this time of the year. Ms. Bissex and Ms. Weiss even puts fresh green beans and sugar snap peas (washed and drained) in their kids’ lunch boxes. These veggies are crunchy and can be dipped in ranch dressing.
For dessert, they recommend homemade muffins and desserts, which can also be a snack. “It’s portion control, but enough for a few bites,” Ms. Weiss said
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D.S. answers from Grand Rapids on August 13, 2008
P.; what about hard boiled eggs, or egg salad sandwhiches, or tuna sandwhiches, or lunch meat , with crackers, carrots, cheese and crackers, pudding, just have fun with their lunches , i used to buy the brown paper sacks for my kids, still do, hahaha and then i write their names on it, and use all throw away stuff, or make pictures on it, and smiley faces, to make lunch time a happy time, any way , just have fun and enjouy life, D. s
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on August 12, 2008
If you use cold packs you can send almost anything that needs to be cold...My daughter is going into 2nd grade this year but she's always eatin lunch before 12, the little guys usually are the first to eat so it wasn't like her lunch sat around all day. They also usually get a snack before lunch because the state mandates all kindergarteners to have milk time. By the time lunch time came around my daughter wasn't even very hungry. Although she was starvin when school got out. Here's some quick ideas...
Lunch Meat sandwhiches
lunchables or make your own
Alot of parents do the thermos with mac/cheese or spaghetti o's, leftovers from dinner etc...
I use to "monitor" the lunch room when my daughter was in all day K if you have any specific questions message me privately. Kindergarteners are notorious slow eaters and never finish their lunches, they're very busy talking.
M.J. answers from Minneapolis on August 12, 2008
I'm M. and though I don't have any children school age yet...I do have a Husband that works a lot of hours and we pack him lunch and dinner most days. Have you tried making quassedias (I know I cant spell, but you get the drift). You can ask him to help you make them so that he gets the things he likes.
I happen to make my hubbys chicken and cheese and send a little sour cream for dip. They don't need to be heated which is a nice plus. Good luck sending ur baby off to school.
L.V. answers from Sioux Falls on August 13, 2008
My daughter started kindergarten last year. We basically did all finger foods or small cups to make it simple for her. I always over packed so she had choices and then she would eat the rest right after school for her snack.
baby dill pickles
mixed fruit cup
J.C. answers from Minneapolis on August 13, 2008
My baby is also going to be off to school this year and is very picky! With my oldest he eats school lunches but when I join him I have seen lots of kids with cold pizza. Also I got my son this really cool lunch bag at walmart that is actually a back pack so that he is hands free to wash his hands and get his milk. Good luck, J.
J.F. answers from Madison on August 13, 2008
My oldest will be starting 3 grade this year. He takes his lunch almost everyday. While he is a big fan of peanut butter and jelly or honey we also do ham, turkey and cheese. I pack the sandwich in one of the Rubbermaid take along sandwich containers and put a cold pack under it. He also usally takes fruit or applesause. I buy the natural applesause and use a small take along from Rubbermaid (they make one that is the same size as the throwaway applesause cups). He brings home his containers and we wash and use them again. He also like string cheese, granola bars, banana bread, muffins.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
J.Y. answers from Madison on August 13, 2008
Here's some stuff i give my daughter..Sweet peas & fruit cups are easy. Noodles in a container. Seasoned and baked tofu diced up, edamame with soy sauce, cherry tomatos, sliced cheese with crackers, string cheese, yogurt, applesauce, little pickles, a banana, tempe, or any leftovers that i know she likes.
This was stuff she has been eating in preschool. She is also starting kindergarten this year. My biggest fear is that she won't eat her lunch in time because she is such a slow eater! I hate to rush her but an hour for dinner is a bit excessive.