So it is not really back to school for us, but really the FIRST day of kindergarten!! This has thrown the entire household in an uproar for many reasons.
1) We intended to homeschool
2) We now have to be ready and out of the house by 7:30am (normally it is 8:30am)
3) My husband and I shuffle our schedule so that we have never put our kids in daycare. So Briana is in for a shock of spending 4 days/week, all day away from Erik and I. YIKES!
4) I cannot send a PP&J sandwich or other carb-loaded, sugar-ized lunches to school with my daughter
So I have been spending the past several weeks in the rabbit-hole known as the internet, scouring for lunch ideas that use “real” food that are not heavy on the sugar (I just cannot in good conscience do that to her teacher, because I cannot imagine dealing with eleven 5-7 year olds for 8 hours myself). So what have I found? Several fantastic websites reviewing lunch containers, menu plans, lunch ideas and a whole slew of other non-related things
Lunch Containers and Meal Ideas
The Mighty Nest is the mother of all mother website for fun and sustainable lunch gear! They have reusable snack bags, Lunchbots, stainless steel containers, reusable straws, utensils, etc. I LOVE this site.
Check out !00 days of Real Food for great lunch box ideas! She has great recipes for making your “pop-tarts”, yogurt pops, muffins, etc. Her lunch box ideas and picture look delicious.
I also like Nom Nom Paleo because in my mind it take “real” food to an even higher level. No grains, because frankly, your body ultimately responds to them like they are sugar and once again I do not want to make school difficult for my daughter or teacher. Now I just need to ween my daughter off the bread In all seriousness, I am looking for healthy food ideas that cut out sugar, preservatives, sugar, food dyes, sugar….okay…you get my point.
I have bought several different lunch containers to test (unfortunately no Lunchbots yet), silicone ice pop molds (to freeze yogurt smoothies in) and silicone baking cups. So far the baking cups and ice pop molds are a success. I have used and reused them about 4 times since purchasing them about 2 weeks ago. The baking cups have come in super handy not only for baking, but for holding dips, deviled eggs, tomatoes and nuts separate from other lunch items.
So here are a couple of pictures of mine and Briana’s lunch. We do not heat our food up, if I have a hot item for her lunch I put it in a thermos. Otherwise everything is intended to be eaten cold.