Showing posts with label School Lunches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label School Lunches. Show all posts

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Another School Lunch Post

When I blog so infrequently, it's a bit of a challenge to recall what the foods were that I took photos of. I really don't know why I continue to take pictures of so much of the food we eat. It's a habit or an addiction, I guess. Or maybe just optimism that one day I will blog again regularly. I'm going to take a shot at some of these school lunches from the past many months.

baby carrots, grape tomatoes, strawberries, baked Snapea Crisps, and part of a Tofurky kielbasa, and pizza that appears (judging from the crust, but I could be wrong) to be a leftover piece from Mellow Mushroom

watermelon, a mandarin orange, toast with Earth Balance, pasta with black beans, olive oil, nutritional yeast, etc.

grape tomatoes, cucumbers, salad with dressing, watermelon, pasta with tomato sauce and nutritional yeast, etc.

Gardein slider (I think this was the Chik'n one, perhaps.), tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, chips, and vegan marshmallows

mini pitas, hummus inside the container, carrots, a mandarin orange,  Hilary's veggie bites, applesauce

 raspberries, chips,  a Justin's PB cup, an Amy's bean burrito

Back to Nature Multi-Seed Rice Thin Crackers, hummus, smoked almonds, blueberries, carrots

blueberries, celery, Stretch Island (no added sugar) fruit chews, an Amy's gluten-free burrito

carrots, a leftover Valentine's Day cupcake, cantaloupe, and your guess is as good as mine as to what's inside that sandwich...I'm guessing nut butter and fruit spread. On a side note, the little Wilton decoration is not something you see with me often but is a result of my love (and respect to the fact that she eats vegan and healthy typically) for my candy-obsessed girl whose eyes widen with glee at the sight of all things chemically colored and preserved.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to School

A new city hasn't been the only change around here. My kids are going off to school this year; we are taking a break from homeschooling. It's different and weird, and I haven't fully wrapped my head around it yet. It has been good overall, so far. We have always said that we will play it semester by semester and do what we think is best for our kids and our family at the time. For now, this is best. I do not know what the future holds.

A little Night-Before-School-Starts party with root beer floats. (Baby got plain ice cream.) My oldest son doesn't like carbonation, so he had a "milk" float.

Also new to our lives: Planetboxes. I've been eyeing them ever since they came out. They are very expensive, which is why I never bought them before. They were a little gift to myself in honor of this new phase in life when I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do with myself and my time.

A few of their school lunches, so far:
Annie's bunny fruit snacks, Garden of Eatin' multi-grain chips, grape tomatoes, Starlite Cuisine taquitos cut in half, and guacamole with bell pepper strips. They also like it when I put an "after dinner mint" in the middle hole. It's also hard for me to leave a space empty.

Another kid that day had a similar yet slightly different take on the taquito/guacamole meal with mandarin oranges and mango slices. One kid leaves before the other two, so his lunch is sometimes a little different. She also had to share a baggie of fruit snacks with her other brother. (Not fair!)
Mandarin oranges, blueberries, bell pepper strips, half of a Tofurky/lettuce/avocado/mustard (with some hemp seeds thrown in) sandwich, and Veggie Straws. She has since let me know that she is still hungry if I only give her a half sandwich. One thing I often do for her is give her 3/4 of a sandwich (because the sandwich compartment is a little snug) and give the other 1/4 to her baby brother.

Edamame, baby carrots, grapes, gardein sliders, trail mix, and a Justin's pb cup. My daughter sometimes sweetly asks for TWO mints when she sees me packing her lunch.

Cheezey kale chips (which I put inside the sealed container to keep them crisp), fresh mango slices, bean/olive/palm hearts salad, baby carrots, and Tofurky slices. (If it looks like I rolled up the carrots, I did not.) And of course, a mint.

Bell pepper strips, peanut butter pretzel pillows, pistachios, a sandwich with tofu and veggies, mango slices, a Nibmor chocolate mint square...and a mint!

You can pick the magnet set you want for the outside of your lunch box. You should remove these when you wash it. My oldest son chose the Andy Warhol art set. I had no doubt that was the one he would choose.
My 8 year old son chose dinosaurs.
To be honest, I had no idea how he would embrace the Planetbox. He is so weird sometimes. He is my child who gets embarrassed about everything. (The other two kids are extremely confident in themselves and their choices.) I thoroughly questioned him before I purchased him one because I didn't want to waste money. He is too embarrassed to bring grilled or baked tofu in his lunch. Once at our home school co-op he was so embarrassed by what I had put in his lunch, he immediately zipped it back up and just didn't eat that day. He will take tofu if it is hidden on a sandwich and all other forms of meat alternatives are acceptable. 
He is the same way about a lot of things in life - clothing choices and family PDA, etc. His older brother is very affectionate, and it's the end of the world if he tries to hug his brother in public. Oh, and I put little notes in their lunches on the first day of school. He said he hid his immediately, but he is afraid someone saw it. So no more notes for him. I am understanding, though, because I was very self-conscious when I was young, too. I mean, I try to include a nice mix of fresh and processed in their lunches. His lunch does sometimes look slightly different than theirs. (No salad. There are certain veggies that are acceptable, and some are sooo embarrassing.) He does like his lunchbox, though. For now.
My 6 year old daughter chose fairies.
I'm going to get them each a different set of magnets (which are only a few bucks) for Christmas. What I like about these boxes: they're cute, they have compartments which are fun to fill, and I only have to clean one object, not lots of little containers and cloth baggies. We have a Laptop lunchbox and like it, but I was constantly misplacing all of the containers or realizing one piece was dirty as I was trying to pack a lunch. Each Planetbox comes with two sealed containers, one small and one larger for liquid items. We don't use them too often, but they are nice to have.
I put ketchup in one of the small containers the other day, and my son and his teacher couldn't open it. Somehow it got sealed up tight, maybe with ketchup. I still can't open it. I have no idea how to get that lid off; any ideas? I hate wasting a solid stainless steel piece.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Edition of What's For (School) Lunch?

Most of these lunches belong to my 4 year old who attends preschool. One thing, among many, that I love about her school are the healthier snacks given daily and the fact that candy is not used as a reward. Between all of my kids, we've attended 5 different preschools or Mother's Day Out programs over the years, and this is the only one that doesn't dole out candy left and right and doesn't give cheese or animal crackers every single day. The snacks might be "strawberries and wheat crackers" one day - or "banana and 1/2 a bagel" another day. We are given a snack calendar a month in advance, and I can send an alternative any day I want.

For lunch, they have to bring: 2 servings of fruits or vegetables, a meat/meat alternative, a bread/grain, and a milk drink. Although she can bring non-dairy milk, I don't really love the milk requirement. I'd prefer water with a lot of her meals. And it's a real pain on some mornings when I have to dash to the store because I realize I'm out of milk. However, I like that it prevents the other kids from bringing junky drinks. I like the lunch requirements, in general, because it forces parents to think about what they're packing.

grapes, bell pepper slices, hummus, and New York Style Bagel Crisps

sourdough bread with hummus (When I pack these, I put the hummus sides facing one another, and she pulls them apart at lunch.), a Sweet & Sara strawberry marshmallow, applesauce (organic, unsweetened 365 brand) cup, pistachios, baby carrots

Kind of plain-looking day: applesauce (organic, unsweetened 365 brand) cup, tomato chunks, and a sandwich made with Rudi's Organic bread, mustard, lettuce, Tofurky slices, and a rice cheese slice

Brother's-All-Natural freeze dried strawberries & bananas, a cooked sweet potato coin with sprinkled cinnamon, raisins, Sun Butter & agave on tortilla, pistachios

Somebody asked: yes, her school is also "peanut-free," so she brings another seed or nut butter instead. Sometimes it is cashew, etc., but my kids do prefer sunflower seed butter because it tastes the most like peanut butter.

olives, steamed broccoli, a tortilla with Tofurky & Vegan Gourmet cheese & Vegenaise, pistachios, Amanda cultured almond yogurt (and the monkey is an ice pack)

Amy's Macaroni & Cheese with sprinkled hemp seeds, Brazil nuts, kiwi fruit, baby carrots, Zen Juice Gels

This was the first time I'd seen these gel cups at Whole Foods, and I love them over some of the other gel cups we've seen. Organic juice and no added sugar.

This is one of the boys' lunches for homeschool co-op, but they all took the same thing this day. Baked tater tots (365 brand organic), Sol Cuisine Organic Falafel, steamed broccoli, Annie's Organic Orchard Apple Fruits Bites, and ketchup & hummus for dipping

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

What's For (School) Lunch?

I missed out on yesterday's Opening Day, although I did read a few of your blogs while I was eating my breakfast this morning. I'm here now, and although I don't have anything too outrageous planned, I plan to embrace my participation as fully as possible. (And I will have two giveaways coming soon!)

This year, both of my boys are at home again for school, although they attend our homeschool co-op twice a week. On those days, they bring their lunches. My daughter will be attending preschool, thus bringing her lunch with her regularly. Therefore, most of my school lunch pics will belong to her.

One of the homeschool co-op days is Pizza Day, in which pizza is brought in to purchase. I have tried to make sure the boys have pizza in their lunches that day, as well, so they will not feel left out. This was my 6 year old son's lunch:
Tofurky Cheese Pizza (with hemp seeds sprinkled on top),
1/2 of a Hail Merry Chocolate Tart,
dried mango (from the bulk bin at WF), carrots

Since their preferred taste buds differ slightly, their lunches also vary slightly. The difference in my 11 year old's lunch:
Brazil nuts, Lemon Thyme Hail Merry Soaked/Dehydrated Pecans,
bell pepper slices, carrots,
Amande Cultured Almond Milk yogurt

And my 4 year old daughter got pizza that day, too, along with:
the other half of the Hail Merry Tart,
cherry tomatoes, bell pepper slices, Brazil nuts, Hazel nuts, dried mango

More 4 year old lunches:
3/4 sandwich with a Tofurky deli slice, hummus, lettuce, avocado, & mustard,
Garden of Eatin' Pico De Gallo Chips (love!), strawberries,
bell pepper, raisins

pistachios, soy yogurt with mini chocolate chips, Sun Butter & fruit spread sandwich,
carrots, berries

apple slices, cherry tomatoes,
Brazil nuts, a strawberry, a homemade chocolate chip cookie,
(with hemp seeds and a little olive oil)

Brothers-ALL-Natural freeze dried strawberries & bananas,
Cocoa Kissed Savi Seeds,
two "R" (her first and middle initials) nut butter & fruit spread sandwiches,
cherry tomatoes, pecans

Off to clean my kitchen, then cuddle into my bed to read as many VMF posts as I can tonight! Have a fun week, everyone!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

School Lunches Galore

Most of an Alternative Baking Company Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Ella's Kitchen Organic Fruit pouch, baby carrots, strawberries, and macadamia nuts. As far as the sandwich goes...can't remember what was in that one. I'm guessing hummus, avocado, and lettuce.

Mini-bean burrito, carrots, bell pepper slices, strawberries, and sweet potato chunks with sprinkled hemp seeds. Plus, a Cocoa Pistachio Whole Food Meal Bar. My kid is thin, and I like adding these meal replacement bars to his meal - or giving them to him at home for a snack. If I ever pack too much food, he will eat it on the drive home.

This lunch was the day after Valentine's Day so a pink heart cookie was added to his nut butter crackers, baby carrots, strawberries, macademia & Brazil nuts, grapes, and a Vruit Box.

Sandwich with hummus, hemp seed, lettuce, and mustard, Blueberry Lemon Muffin, So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, carrots, Brazil nuts, and a little bit of leftover bean salad.

Romaine with vegan caesar dressing and hemp seeds, apples, mixed nuts, toasted frozen waffles, and So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt.

Pasta with beans, quinoa & broccoli meatballs, Brazil nuts & walnuts, carrots, Late July Mini Organic PB Crackers, pineapple cup, and caesar salad.

Nut butter & fruit spread on French Meadow Bakery Hemp Bread...this isn't his favorite type of sandwich, but he does like when I cut it into strips so he can dip it in his yogurt. Hail Merry soaked/dehydrated/seasoned pecans, strawberries, carrots, bell peppers, and grape tomatoes.

Amy's Bean & Rice Burrito, avocado chunks, carrots, bell pepper slices, and grape tomatoes, and half of a Hail Merry Chocolate Miracle Tart.

Garlic bread, Just Veggies (freeze-dried peas, corn, carrots, bell pepper, and tomatoes), pineapple cup, Yummy Earth organic sucker, Barbara's Bakery Snackimals, marinated/pan-fried tofu, and tomatoes.

Pasta with homemade cheese sauce & hempseeds, lentils, kiwi fruit, olives, and half of a Hail Merry Chocolate Miracle Tart.

*These lunches all belonged to my 10 year old who fortunately will eat almost any vegan food in the world. And a few of you asked: he was homeschooled for 4 years and attends public school this year. My other two are homeschooled and attend a homeschool co-op twice a week, where they occasionally bring their lunches, too.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Kid's School Lunches

3 mini "uncheese" (from Ultimate Uncheese) sandwiches, apple chunks (rubbed with orange juice), carrots & celery, Brazil nuts, and a Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Crunch Bar

salad (garbanzo beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, bell pepper, sweet potato, olive oil, spices), back to Nature Crispy Wheat Crackers, Brazil nuts, and an oatmeal raisin Alternative Baking Company cookie (Those 480 calorie cookies are good for his skinny 10 year old self.)

A Quinoa Spinach Salad purchased from Whole Foods, apple Crisps, garbanzo beans, lime Silk yogurt, and half of a Dark Chocolate Almond Dream bar

leftover homemade cheese and olive pizza, extra olives, broccoli, blueberries, lime yogurt, and back to Nature Multi-Seed Gluten Free Crackers

brown rice & beans with avocado, olive oil, and spices (plus ketchup because their father has conditioned them into believing beans aren't beans without ketchup), blueberries, salad (lettuce, avocado, sunflower seeds, almond slices and Vegan Caesar dressing), and a Surf Sweets gummy worm