School’s in session, Princess Nagger is on Day 3 of her 3rd grade year. Amazingly enough she hasn’t been as resistant to getting up and getting ready for school like she has in years past – having some familiar friends in her classroom this year really does make a difference. It’s more fun to eat with familiar faces in the vast cafeteria, instead of feeling like you’re lost in a sea of little strangers.
The cafeteria at her school does a great job with fun yet healthy options, and since it only costs $2 for lunch, it’s also quite reasonable. They send home a calendar each month of the day-by-day menu, so Princess Nagger and I will circle the days she wants to eat in the cafeteria (especially if they’re having Mickey Pizza) and cross off the days they have something she doesn’t really like. I think she likes that she’s ‘in charge’ of what she decides to get for lunch at the cafeteria.
When she’s packing, I try to get creative but have to limit it to things I know she likes and will actually eat. At least she does love things like egg salad or tuna salad – but forget the bread, she just wants to eat it from a container rather than deal with it in sandwich mode. I alway pack fruit and/or yogurt with a healthy snack and a treat (like a cookie or Baby Bell Cheese – yes, she considers those cute little round cheeses as treats). I’ll also send mac’n’cheese or soup, but I have yet to find a container that 1) keeps it hot until lunchtime, or 2) doesn’t leak.
Since she is a picky eater, I can’t get as creative as I’d like to, aside from cutting her jelly sandwich into dinosaur shapes.
Which brings me to this week’s question(s):
Whether you have school aged children or not, how do you make lunch interesting? If you pack lunch, what are you packing?
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