It’s Friday! Since I have lunch on the brain, I thought I might send out the pictures I took of Sam’s lunches last week. Leftovers definitely figured into the equation but so did fresh fruits and vegetables.
Monday Sam had leftover whole wheat pesto pasta with Parmesan cheese, chopped red cabbage, sliced apples and almond butter for dipping. Aside from a little knife work, there was little to prepare.
Tuesday was pizza pockets day: whole wheat pita bread spread with jarred pasta sauce and layered with cheese slices. I put them on a hot pan to crisp the outside (which keeps them from getting soggy) and melt the cheese inside. If I have spinach, I chop some up and throw it in before putting the pockets over heat. We were out of all fruit except bananas, so in they went with a little cinnamon on top.
Since Tuesday is my shopping day, I was able to stock up on the basics for Wednesday. The menu included an almond and apple butter sandwich on high fiber whole wheat bread, a sliced pear, leftover roasted brussel sprouts and yogurt (the plain variety, flavored at home).
Valentine’s Day fell on Thursday. Notice the dark chocolate candy? It’s not a typical lunch box treat but, hey, I never said I was perfect. Anyway, the day’s entrée was a cheese and avocado quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla. Carrots are easy–especially if you buy the ready-to-eat “baby” ones. And kiwis are great this time of year. Sam calls them “green strawberries”.
Friday is pizza day at school. Sam complains they taste dry this year because they are making them with 100% whole wheat flour. And yet he still asks for lunch money in the morning. I’m intrigued. I think I’ll take a field trip to the school cafeteria to check it out.
I guess the take away message here is that making a healthy lunch is pretty easy and doesn’t have to involve a lot of convenience food. It’s easier on the wallet and definitely better for growing bodies. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The challenge is getting kids to eat it. Serving healthy foods at home is the first step to getting kids to eat them at school.
What did you send in your child’s lunch today?