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April 12, 2012

Would You Let Your Child Pack Her Own Lunch?

Last night, I got too involved with Katniss and Peeta. It was past midnight and I was still trying to figure out if there was any way they would both make it out of the Quarter Quell alive. Yep, I’m talking about the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. As a result, I didn’t get out of bed until 6 this morning. When I stumbled down the stairs, I found S packing her own lunch. A first, for sure.

Here’s what I found:

A gluten-free bagel with Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread (It’s basically Nutella, but made with almonds instead of hazelnuts.) and bananas. That’s almost healthy, right? Gluten-free and with fruit? LOL. To her credit, she also packed a pear, a granola bar and water. It’s certainly not the lunch I would have made for her, but she saved me the trouble of packing a lunch. For that, she got a big hug and the right to eat what she made. Had I known I didn’t have to make lunch, I would’ve kept sleeping.

Here’s the funny part: when I picked her up from school this afternoon, she told me the chocolate spread and bagel “tasted rotten.” After one bite, she decided to eat only the bananas. I was so floored I almost drove off the road. Now that Nutella sandwiches are off her radar, I clearly need to come up with some sort of arrangement with her so I can sleep in while she makes her own lunch. At least until I’m done with the Hunger Games trilogy.

Would you let your child eat whatever he/she packed for lunch?

September 19, 2011

Buh-Bye, PB&J; Hello, SB&B

Is anything more American than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Can you imagine the hundreds of thousands of PB&J’s that show up each day in lunch boxes throughout the country? From New York to Florida to Iowa to California, it’s a staple. And for most kids, it’s a hit.

But, of course, S does not like them. But I’ve been experimenting. I’ve tried almond butter (which is my favorite!), homemade raspberry jelly, honey, agave nectar, you name it. Despite all the attempts, I have not been successful. I’m hoping that will change today.

For lunch, I put together a sunflower seed butter and banana sandwich, and cut it into the shape of a heart with a cookie cutter. Maybe the extra love is just what S needs to appreciate this slight twist on the classic kids’ sandwich.

I used organic multigrain with omega-3 bread from Costco and sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe’s. There’s already some evaporated cane juice in the butter, so there’s no reason to add honey. Some Veggie Booty accompanied the sandwich, as did some grape tomatoes. I also included a cup of blueberry-flavored coconut milk yogurt from So Delicious.

And if this doesn’t change S’s mind, I’ll have to go the way of Elvis—frying it all in butter.

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