Ok…lunches. I get so many emails about what to serve your kids for lunch! This is apparently a big issue with so many of you moms. I am going to do my best to address kids and lunches but…let me make a few points first…
1. Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day. Give me breakfast, give me dinner and give me snacks in-between but lunch, really bores me.
2. My goal for serving my kids lunch is to do it any place but my house. I serve them breakfast (and clean it up), I serve them dinner (and clean it up)…Mama needs a break during the middle of the day! So, I try and have lunch places other than my house (which works out about half the time). We eat at the park, at the pool, on the patio, at Chick-fil-a…we try and eat any place but my kitchen table.
3. When we do eat lunch at home, we have “picnics” on the carpet. I take a beach towel and spread it out and we all eat on the towel. Then, when lunch is over, I just shake out the towel outside and cleanup is over. Plus, my kids think it’s awesome!
4. I do treat my kids to McDonalds and/or Chick-fil-a about once a week…we meet our friends there and enjoy the company and the easiness of it. In my opinion, a few chicken nuggets and a fruit cup never hurt anyone.
5. I pack their school lunches smart! My friend Erika is a preschool teacher and so, I pick her brain about what kids bring to school, what they eat, what they don’t and get ideas. I don’t want to be one of those moms who fills her kids’ lunch boxes with 15 things just so that I look like the “good” mom who has 6 veggies and 4 fruits in the lunch box. Because let’s face it…at school, I’m not there to say “eat your carrots”, so they might not be eating them. I pack a small lunch, so out of necessity, they eat what I pack. I also ask their teachers what they’re eating and what they’re leaving, so I know what to pack.
Ok…here are things my kids eat for lunch when they’re at home with me:
2. Chicken Nuggets
3. Mac and Cheese
4. Scrambled Eggs
6. Left-over pasta
7. Hot dogs, chicken sausage, turkey sausage
9. A variety of fruit
10. Goldfish crackers
These are just some things. I hide a lot of veggies in their dinners, so I don’t worry too much about that at lunch time. Plus, they drink a lot of veggies for breakfast (more on that to come).
Here are the things I pack in their school lunches (they go to school twice a week):
2. Hot dogs
3. Nutrigrain Bars
7. Goldfish crackers
I read about this juicer in Good Housekeeping and decided to buy one for our family. It is fabulous! My kids have the best time picking out fruits and veggies for their “special juice”. We’ll go to the grocery store and I’ll let them pick out whatever they want…they throw in a great assortment of stuff. We juice apples, oranges, limes, lemons, berries, pears, pineapple, melons, coconut, carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, bell pepper and tomatoes. I let them pick two fruits and two veggies for each juice. It has been so much fun and so educational for them. They really use their imaginations when creating their special juice. So, each morning, they have a glass of their juice along with their cereal. I love the compact juicer rather than the standard size because one, it was less expensive and two, it stores easily. Plus, all of the parts are dishwasher safe, so after we juice, I just pop it in the dishwasher. Easy!
Ok…one last thing about lunches. I bought this little lunch cookbook last year…
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