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


  1. does he pack his own? i wish my lunches looked this good!

  2. I LOVE those clif bars. Found a box on sale for next to nothing at Drug Emporium. Those lunches all look so good.

  3. Beautiful lunches, is he no longer home schooled or does he eat these at home?

    Also, how come some days he gets a humongous cookie or half of a premium chocolate bar and other days no dessert at all?

  4. I LOVE these school lunch posts! I forward them on to my mom because she is trying to pack lunches for my nephew with severe allergies. All of the natural ingredients and serving ideas are great!

  5. Those are some delicious and healthy lunches! So much wonderful variety. He's a healthy little luncher muncher!

    I've got to start making more recipes from the uncheese cookbook; I've heard the crock cheese recipe is really good.

  6. Sara, no he doesn't pack his own lunch. It's hard to get him moving in the mornings; there would be no way. Thank you!

    Heather, yay for the Drug Emporium. And thank you.

    SV, my 10 year old was homeschooled from K-2nd grade, then he went to public school last year and this year. (It's undecided where we will go from here.) My 5 year old is homeschooling this year for kindergarten, and my almost 4 year old is at home, too.

    We don't always have desserts around here to pack in his lunch. I sometimes pick up one of those cookies when I'm in a "must get him to gain weight" phase. The weird thing (I say weird because he's only 10!) is he prefers eating vegetables and fruits. In fact, this particular day, he ate his salad and crackers and came home with the cookie because he said he was full after eating those. I'm actually having to be this mother who says, "You didn't eat your cookie? Eat your cookie!" He ate it on the ride home from school. He will ALWAYS choose to eat his berries or broccoli or whatever before he is tempted by dessert; he is so predictable. It would be a different story with my other two kids.

    And the reason he only had half a chocolate bar...I'm totally serious here...I broke off a piece of it the night before to "try it," then I broke off another piece later because it was so good. So he was left with only half, my poor child. Maybe that's why he's so skinny, and I need to lose weight?

    Cami, thanks for saying that!

  7. Rose, I think I've made the crock cheese recipe. It seems familiar. Yes, he's a healthy lunch muncher, for sure. He definitely has healthier taste buds than I do.

    Oh, and also about the desserts - that yogurt has quite a bit of sugar in it. I think they sort of think of it as pudding.

  8. I want your kid's lunches. They look so good! I was never allowed packed lunches when I was younger I always had to have school lunches, which I never ate because they were revolting and so came home hungry everyday! Silly, no?!

  9. I love these lunches Jenny! If I am ever a mom one day, I hope to make lunches as wonderful as these for my kids. I want to rasie my children vegan, but my husband does not. These only thing I could settle for would be raising them vegetarian, but I would have a really hard time with that as well.

  10. OK, seriously keep posting lunches for your kiddo's I have a very VERY picky 15 year old who makes me tear my hair out!!!! One day she loves vegan stromboli, then it isn'tcool, then she wants rice wraps, then she only wants fruit....UGH!

  11. These look like great lunches, even for adults. We could all take some tips from you for packing our own lunches!

  12. I need to find some of those cliff bars...better yet, can you move closer to me, so I can come by your house every morning to pick up my lunch. :o)

  13. I think you could create a job packing lunches for adults as well.

  14. I agree with Shenandoah Vegan; when would you like to start packing MY lunches? :)

    That is too funny about how your son chooses fruits and veggies over sweets. Wish I could be that way!

  15. Your children eat better lunches than me! haha. I really admire how "maturely" they eat.

  16. I love these lunches and enjoy reading about someone trying to get her kid to eat MORE. Obesity is so rampant that all you hear about is kids who need to eat less or need to eat healthier foods. My eaight year old does not care about eating lunch. His lunch peiod is too short and he is too busy being social and I am not there to remind him to keep eating. He often has to eat his lunch when he gets home, but that means he is eating it instead of a snack. Also, although he is a picky eater and it's hard to find fruits an dveggies that he'll eat, he DOES NOT CARE about dessert!! It's not an incentive for him to eat his lunch. I'll be using some of your ideas to try to entice him to eat!

  17. Awww you're a good mom! Your kids will be the healthiest in all of their school!

  18. Beautiful! Wanna come to my house and make 4 extra every day? ;)

  19. Your ten year old eats SALAD for lunch? I want to adopt him! How awesome.

  20. You can pack my lunch anytime! Haha... Oh and this really cracked me up, "because their father has conditioned them into believing beans aren't beans without ketchup." That's incredible that he chooses sweets last. Sounds like you have a smart fellow ;)

  21. Thank you very, very much for the enormously sweet comments.

    Carissa, I keep meaning to write a post about veganism as it relates to my kids and husband. Stay tuned!

    Kelley, I know what you mean on many accounts! First of all, YES - I worry about my kids when they are at school or school settings. It's not the best "eating" environment. Fortunately, I think my child's teacher knows that this is something I worry about with him (making sure he eats because he's so skinny). He hates eating right when he wakes up, so it's a chore to get something in him before 8:00 AM! He usually ends up walking into the school with a bowl of food (toast, berries, nuts, a banana - stuff like that) to eat in class. Nobody has said anything to me about not wanting me to do this so I keep doing it.

    Also - yes, whenever I google how many calories a child of a certain age should be getting or average weights of children, etc. - you know, just to stay on top of things - it's always about obesity and keeping calories down. There isn't much written about gaining weight in a healthy way for kids. Also, "they" always say to not let your kids eat in front of the computer or tv because it creates bad habits. I always put food in front of him in these situations because I know he'll mindlessly finish it. Thanks for sharing about your son - I like to hear others' stories!

    P.S. to all - these are my 10 year old's lunches. To be fair and accurate, my other kids' lunches look a little bit different. I'll share those next time.

  22. Wow, if he ever doesn't want his lunch, I'll take it! These look like stellar lunches — so much variety, and a nice balance between homemade and small packages to unwrap.

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