Every other blog I read (meaning those where people are making money off them or a topic other than about their family) seem to be tooting their horn about that amazing healthy lunches they are providing for their children while in school. I mean really, kids cannot be fooled by your expensive bento box! And stop being so judgmental about those kids and their mothers who make sandwiches with white bread!
Well I am not on trend. This morning I sent both my kids with juice boxes, chips, granola bars (hold the flax seed thank you), and chocolate zucchini muffins with chocolate chips (just to get those veggies in wink wink). I call it the grab and go method. Whatever is pre-made that I can grab and go sprinkled in with the occasional tortilla roll up (pb and honey).
Cause really I do want my kids to eat healthy, school lunches is not where I am pushing it. Cause really those lunches are just a commodity. Its a system! To trade for other things. While I know I'm not expert on the school system bartering, I just asked my 3rd grade son, what his friends pack in there lunch.
Well see ________ (Insert name of bright boy whose mom packs a super healthy lunch) gets a sandwich on wheat bread, an apple, a juice and then he mentioned something else healthy. "But then he tries to trade with someone else".
Here are other awesome quotes from Luke this morning.
"Sometimes I trade someone two chips for something or sometimes they will give it for free"
"When ____'s mom gives him an apple, we love it cause then we play apple smash and all take turns smashing it on the ground."
Did ya hear that one?
"Ya mom, I don't eat those oranges and pears you send either."
"Actually, ___ doesn't eat his sandwich, fruit or cheese, he doesn't eat anything."
But guess what, he eats them always at home, and likes them too. My kids eat pretty dang good and adventurous, but we usually have dessert every day. Sometimes twice a day.
Cause what have I tried? Everything. Cucumbers, grapes, string cheese, go-gurts, drinkable yogurts, homemade granola bars, dried fruit, nuts....yadda yadda yadda bla bla bla
Nothing. Just ends in the trash or still in the lunch when they get home from school. But the thing is my kids like healthy stuff, just not in their lunches at school is what I've learned. They want something fun.
So now I make what they like and save the super healthy for at home. I was raised by fruit roll-up and sugar cereal eating household with a picky mom who didn't like much healthy stuff and Jason was raised with the largest garden in the world with multiple veggies served at every meal and that man has completely rejected the eating of his youth. I don't think he even remembers the taste of fruit actually. He will eat corn on the cob smothered in butter still or salad with ranch and no weird stuff.
I love food. Food is fun. I want my kids to love food. Food creates memories. But there has to be some balance. I want my kids to appreciate spaghetti squash as much as I want them to enjoy eating mom's no bake cookies. I loved coming home from school to my moms fresh made cookies. Or having caramel popcorn watching a movie.
As far as the healthy, exposure is what I believe in. Exposure and chips maybe ;) Chips can be used for so many different things, like keeping kids happy at Costco. But I want to expose them to lots of different foods, regions, colors, etc. Indian, Italian, Japanese, etc. Like the lemon cucumber. Or a persian cucumber. Cause those are so fun cause you can just hold them and eat them while watching tv since they are about 6 inches long. I love that my kids love hummus. The girls at least.
But I will still serve chocolate cake for breakfast. Sometimes, maybe only once or twice a year. And we have whipped cream with our pancakes. Because those are the things they will remember.
Can we still be friends? You with your fancy bento box lunch filled with things that will be smooshed on the ground? Or maybe your kid is so sweet and gobbles up those cherry tomatoes still. They must be in kindergarten and not jaded from more elementary years. My bad, I'm making assumptions. Maybe you are a perfect mom and your perfect kid is old and eats everything perfectly. But really, why should my son know what is in your son's lunch? He has it memorized. Because they sit by each other every day and watch in each others stuff. I bet your son knows what my sons eats too. But don't worry, I'll have Luke give your boy a chip if he wants one.
Here is my hot tip.
Down with healthy lunches! More chips please! Save the healthy stuff for when they are under your watchful eye and you can witness them eat it. Last nite, we had fish with lemon, butternut squash and couscous. Done. We had zucchini too, but all decided it was gross, myself included. Luke's other quote "Mom, I just like zucchini in salads." I'll take it.
p.s. I do think those bento boxes are very cute. I'll just buy them when Walmart or Target starts selling them cheaper. :) I'm sure M & Ms would look really cute in them too.
p.p. s. today i asked "What did you trade your lunch for?" Well, Luke traded his chocolate zuuchini muffin for that same boys sandwich today, cause he said it looked like a subway one and had lettuce on (luke is a sucker for sandwiches with lettuce), my guess that means it was on a hoagie bun. Luke said the kid had taken off the lettuce cause he didn't like it but Luke put it back on. Funny kid. Then, he said the kid tried to trade the muffin for a girls donut because she had two, but she said no, that her grandma doesn't like when she trades....oh the drama of the cafeteria!