In my mind I have a list of things I want our kindergartener’s lunch to be:
Except, when I think about options that fit my Top 5 list, the only thing that comes to mind is good ol’ peanut butter and jelly*. And there are a couple of problems with that. First off, how boring is PB&J? I guess for a five year old, at least OUR five year old, eating the same thing day in and day out isn’t as monotonous as my fellow adult friends would think. Every weekend for lunch that’s her request, “Mom, can I PLEASE have peanut butter and jelly?” She asks this as though she’s requesting a handful of jellybeans for lunch.
“Okay,” I say every time. Secretly I’m thinking, “B-O-R-I-N-G, but so easy.” And PB&J it is.
I guess PB&J isn’t that bad for a school lunch. It does taste good, and I’ll admit that I still crave one every couple of weeks…
but only if eaten with occasionally with potato chips.
So, a PB&J with low sugar jelly*, whole grain bread, apple, pretzels, carrot sticks, watery juice box, a little treat for dessert?
For those of you that are seasoned parents of school-agers, what do you pack for your kids?
*I did promise “a couple of problems” with PB&J. The other problem is that even though they [apparently] have a special table set aside for kids with food allergies, I can’t get over the fact that Mia could still throw some child into anaphylaxis.
Also, just a pet peeve of mine. I really hate when you intend to buy “low sugar” or “no sugar added” items, and they instead turn out to be “added fake processed chemicals instead of sugar” items. FALSE advertising. So, make sure you read those labels – especially on juice drinks.