May 2018 ยท 2 minute read

I have three children who want a lunch in school everyday. Together with morning being the usual train wreck until everyone gets out the door, I rejoice when the kids opt for a school”hot lunch” since it means less work, confusion, and commotion in the daytime. “Hot lunch” - it seems healthy, but when I began digging into the menus it isn’t quite as healthy as it seems. In fact they are generally high in calories, fat, and not particularly healthy.

Just about any lunch I’d ever imagine making is healthier than the normal school lunch! Still, the children love”deep fried cheese sticks” and breaded and fried then rewarmed balls of poultry such as substance, so I still allow them to have the occasional school lunch. But at least a few days per week, we opt for a healthier choice and make lunch at home. We attempt to include a main course like a sandwich or soup, a snack such as crackers or pretzels, and at least one serving of vegetables or fruits. Some fruits and vegetables seem like crap food to the kids, for example carrot sticks, grapes, and raisons.

My 2nd and 4th graders may even make lunch themselves, even though they need some supervision. Additionally, beginning assembling lunch the night before goes a long way, even if it’s just packaging a few carrot sticks or crackers and maybe getting drinks together. I have learned pretty fast that they will need to like the lunch that they pack or it’s going to come home mostly uneaten, possibly complemented by less healthy snack machine or other choices.

Ice packs for lunch box ’s more work, but when we pack a lunch that they eat healthier and often happier as they get to select what they bring for dinner, with only a little parental supervision of course.