As many others, we started the New Year with “eat healthy foods” resolution. We actually don’t do too bad on it at home or even when we eat out, but by the end of last year situation with Anna’s school lunches was disastrous. She started to reject every one of her normal choices and ate next to nothing three days a week when she had her lunch in YMCA. We brainstormed some ideas on how to improve the situation and implemented a couple of changes:
- 1. We reduced her morning snack to half a portion to make sure she is sufficiently hungry by 12:30 pm when she has lunch in Y. At home she usually has lunch at 1:30 pm.
- 2. We stopped asking her what she wants to eat because it was clear that she has no clue. Even when she “ordered” something, she most often brought it home not finished.
- 3. We changed up her lunch container to a “fancy” one with four subdivisions. We discussed My Plate with her and talked how we need to eat things from different food groups.
You are given a container with 4 sections. What will you pack that doesn’t require an elaborate prep or heating? An additional challenge – container is not entirely spill proof. Handicap – our school is a peanut free zone.