Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Definitely not Baloney Sandwiches

In addition to the new rules, routines, and events to learn with a kindergartner at a new school, we also have had to figure out lunches. This is the first time we've ever had to pack a lunch for Connor and it's been a lot of trial and error. I know I always get ideas for lunches from other people, so I thought I'd post some of our successful meals. We decided to go with a sort of bento box idea, but used the rubbermaid LunchBlox containers for his lunch.

I've mentioned before, but we pretty much always do Greek yogurt as one of his sides. It's so good for his digestive system and we've found that yogurt combined with daily vitamins are the perfect thing for his little body to keep him healthy! Since implementing those two changes in all our kids' diets, we have seriously decreased the number of times they've gotten colds or tummy bugs. I think they've only been sick once in the last eight months! Anyone with little kids in preschool and school, knows how hard it is to keep them healthy!

One day we did an everything bagel with cream cheese. He loves bagels, but I wasn't sure what he'd think of it in his lunch! He LOVED it. We also did mandarin oranges, yogurt, and juice!

 Connor loves ritz crackers, so I made pepperoni and cheese ritz crackers one day for him. For his side, he chose peaches and greek yogurt.
 Connor had been begging me for those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and since his school is not nut free, I obliged! He also chose black olives, yogurt, and cheese.
 For dinner, I made chicken pasta - so I used it in Connor's lunch. He also chose strawberries, grapes, and greek yogurt!
 One night we ordered pizza. The next day I chopped it up for his lunch, along with string cheese, strawberries, grapes, and yogurt!
 Connor requested "Daddy's peanut butter and jelly quesadillas" one day, so that's what we made him. I served it with mandarin oranges, yogurt, and juice.
Here's what the peanut butter and jelly quesadillas look like (there's no cheese, in case you are frightened. Ha!):
Some tips we found that work!

We only grocery shop once a week or once every other week - so we do fresh fruit at the beginning of the week and then canned fruit after that. We take Connor to the store with us and we ask him to pick out 6 sides (and then I mix and match his six choices over the course of the 10 days). I ask him to pick out a couple canned fruits, fresh fruits, veggies, etc. That was life changing for us. If he chooses a side, he has buy-in to eat it! I put in at least one whole fruit/veggie every single day. I don't mind giving him grains and I am not anti-processed foods, but I want him to have at least one real food at each lunch. It's all about balance.

Here are our go-to's. All of these are taste tested by Connor and every single one of these sides have made it into his lunch!:
  • olives
  • peaches
  • orange slices and mandarin oranges
  • pinapple
  • pears
  • cheese
  • strawberries
  • carrots
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • apples
  • bananas
  • edamame
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • grapes
  • kiwi
  • apple sauce
  • cherries
  • mini pickles
  • raisins
  • watermelon
Another thing we've learned is to keep putting different things in his lunch. Just because he doesn't eat it one day, doesn't mean he won't eat it another day. For instance, the first time I put pears in his lunch, he didn't eat it. It wasn't until I put it into his lunch on the third day, that he finally tried them. And guess what? He liked them!


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Fantastic post!!! I cant wait to start making lunches for my kiddos!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Sarah! I was secretly VERY excited to do this too. It's so much fun...although we'll see how I feel about it in a couple years. Haha!

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