The Mommy Files: Opting Out of School Lunch
When I was in elementary school, I can remember my hot lunch being delivered in a Styrofoam container. In middle school, we graduated to the a la carte lunch line where we could stock up on chicken nuggets and french fries. Every. Day.
High school was an open campus, so it was a free for all…Pizza Hut, Burger King…whatever.
What on Earth were our parents thinking?
Over time, school lunch has apparently gotten worse, as evidenced by “Mrs. Q.” who penned the blog Fed Up with Lunch, which gained national attention. Couple that with the overwhelming number of children who are obese in this country and I have to wonder, should we be ditching school lunch all together?
And while Mrs. Obama is trying to get school lunch up to snuff, it seems as though that policy has a long way to go as well…especially considering the brouhaha over this preschooler’s lunch.
But, as parents, it can sometimes be hard to pack a lunch that we know our kids will eat. So…what’s a parent to do? First, it’s a good idea to involve your kiddo in the decision making. Next, you need to find some new lunchbox ammo. I started digging around for some fabulous (and creative) kid lunches that might just make your brown-bagger the envy of the school cafeteria. Check it.
Here’s some fab recipes to get you started:
20 Easy Bento Lunches (be prepared, some of these are so cute, they’re obnoxious and leave you feeling like a completely inadequate lunch-packer)
5 Sack Lunches Kids Love (so easy to put together, I could do it without my morning coffee. Woot!!)
photo credit: laptop lunches