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Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

40 Real-LifeTips from Real Moms

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1/11/2014 12:15:43 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
Great article. Our kids need to eat healthier meals.
1/10/2014 5:38:24 PM

ESCHLETZ's SparkPage
My child's school has a lot of children with severe nut, mango, kiwi and legume allergies. Definitely makes it a challenge to pack a healthy lunch, but we make do. I've noticed some other comments stating that it's not fair that the kids can't take products that have nuts in them. I understand the frustration, but I've seen first hand (I work in a school) of how even the tiniest bit of nut oil was transferred and a student went into anaphylactic shock. I definitely think the health of kids' with allergies outweighs another child's wish for nut based food.
1/10/2014 12:40:25 PM

MCASHMAN5's SparkPage
too bad - schools don't allow any nut product and believe it our not - our schools don't even allow soy products. Makes my life interesting because I have a child that doesn't like meat - of any kind including fish and is not fussy on eggs or cheese. It is okay right now because he is in day care and they given them fruit and veggies for snacks and I supply the lunch but next year at school will be harder. Oh yeah - he is not a fan of sandwiches neither - I think in the 10 months I have had him - he has eaten maybe 4 slices of bread, no tortillas and no pitas. Lots of fun and a challenge. Of course suppers are also fun. 4 1/2 years old and on the way to becoming a vegetarian. Sure hope his eating habits change as he gets older.
TJROGERS1
1/10/2014 10:19:37 AM

I agree with the comment about potential allergens being banned at schools. Ours have been for years. NO nut products of any sort. It is a very important food group but can be consumed at home. Not worth risking another child"s LIFE!
Fruit leathers that are 100% fruit are definitely available (even some with veggies too) however they really stick in the teeth and cause a breeding ground for cavities. Not a good choice for school were you can't brush them right after.
Some very good ideas though. Having very picky eaters it' always a challenge :)
1/10/2014 9:35:52 AM

LEVERB66's SparkPage
"Real Life Tips For Real Life Moms" - I've got a real life tip for the author - mom's aren't the only ones that prepare lunches for their kids.
11/2/2013 2:47:58 PM

SADDHU1's SparkPage
Great tips! Very practical advice. Thanks.
10/29/2013 7:47:28 AM

PRUSSIANETTE's SparkPage
If your kid is active with no weight problem, you really don't have to use "low fat" versions of anything. I'd rather have them eat "real" fat than a bunch of chemicals and artificial ingredients used to simulate real fat.

Sorry, I just keep reading so many of these articles on SparkPeople and think "How 80's and 90s." Time to come in to the 21st century and read the newer research on what people should eat to maintain health. (And...research not funded by major corporations who are trying to sell their products with the results.)
9/17/2013 5:40:15 PM

DRUIDPRINCESS's SparkPage
I am so glad that my children naturally choose healthy food options.
8/19/2013 7:14:51 PM

SHAN09's SparkPage
In our area, parents are required to sign forms that they will not send their children with any potential allergy foods, such as peanut butter, nuts, or sesame seeds...so some of these suggestions would not work. I would love to see an article that would provide suggestions while keeping this in mind!
JESSICABOULDREY
8/19/2013 5:42:18 PM

This is an interesting take on school lunches but, getting the kids to make good choices in a "society" of peer pressure isn't as easy as making a good lunch is.
8/18/2013 11:17:25 PM

BRAVELUTE's SparkPage
I question advising canned fruit in it's own juice, but letting fruit leathers by with all the added sugar??? Wouldn't it be important to not add sugar to fruit leathers, too. I know the recipe for homemade fruit leathers says to add sugar for some varieties, or it never turns to leather.

But wouldn't a whole piece of fruit be the best? and leave the fruit leather for a dessert? or leave it out altogether?
YOUDUNN
8/4/2013 8:38:21 AM

Hi- To get around the no nuts policy in most schools here's what we buy.

Non-GMO toasted soy butter. It's called WOWBUTTER and it tastes like peanut butter. School lunch stickers are provided so everyone around the lunch room knows your child is not bringing in nuts. It is 100 cal. per 1Tbsp. with 8 g fat, and 4 g protein. Sodium is 50 mg.

Kae from Ontario, Canada
LCERUOLO
1/23/2013 10:07:37 PM

For my second grader, I normally give him for lunch/snack: spring water in a thermos, plus an organic milk carton (chocolate, vanilla or strawberry - depending on his mood), an organic gummy fruit snack or twisted fruit, real fruit (apple or strawberry slices) and a ham or turkey and cheese (or just cheese) on honey whole wheat bread (all organic - yet again!) or on crackers (mini sandwiches!). If I'm out of sandwich stuff, I throw in a Clif bar. I let him know when his lunch is or is not nut-free so that he can sit at the right table.

He's not into yogurt or string cheese at school, so those snacks I save for home. He's also not into dips, so veggies are out....he gets a veggie pot pie or steamed veggies at dinner.

For class parties, I usually send in the Kinni Toos oreo-type sandwich cookies - nut, gluten, lactose free...but not taste free! :)

I will have to try some of these new ideas to see if any of them are a hit. Thanks!
9/24/2012 6:42:34 PM

AURORAWANDERER's SparkPage
How exactly does one pack guacamole? Do you freeze that too?
9/24/2012 4:09:43 PM

LISAROUSSEAU's SparkPage
I don't think my child should do without a food in their lunch because of another child's food allergy....not quite fair.
Our school doesn't say you "can't" pack nut things or foods that might cause an allergic reaction in another child. The child needs to be educated on their allergy, that is the parents job, not for everyone around them to have to do without. When we have classroom parties, we don't include things with nuts in them as a general rule since we are feeding the whole group, but individual lunches shouldn't count.

Our school has lunch tables for those kids with allergies, they sit away from other kids that might bring peanuts, etc....best plan I've seen yet!

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