Packing School LunchesBeth Anne Ballance
Ladies and gentlemen, I have entered the next 20-year-long stage of my life – I am now a lunch-packer.
I don’t know whether to spin in a circle in celebration because it’s just such a “mom task,” or cry into my corn flakes that I am saddled with such a chore. But like it or not, every morning I pull out Harrison’s “yellow bee” lunch box and pack him a (relatively) healthy and delicious lunch. Per his daycare’s instructions, each day his lunch must contain:
- a grain
- a protein
- a dairy
- 1 fruit
- 1 vegetable
I can play around with the fruits and veggies, so some days I send two fruits and some days I send two veggies. It’s nice because I can send things that I know he will enjoy and eat, plus they are always willing to reheat leftovers, so I really don’t mind having to send food.
My ONLY pet peeve is that the kids clean up after themselves, which is a good thing except that things tend to get dumped in the trash when the teacher is helping another student. As of 3 months into school, we have lost 2 sandwich tins, 3 small tupperwares, and one large tupperware. We’ve also had several cases of coming home with tins that aren’t ours, then having to relocate those back to their rightful owner and it’s kind of a big hassle when we’re all racing to get to work in the morning. So I decided to make the switch to plastic baggies, which is a throwback to my own childhood days.
I adore the snack sized bags, which create less waste and are perfect for toddler-sized portions. Carrots, chips, sliced grapes, bunny marshmallows as treats, crackers…they all fit perfectly.
And then I don’t have to worry about replacing my tupperware ever three months.
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