Kids’ Lunches!

Gabe looking very proud of packing his lunch! I love this kid a lot!

Gabe’s lunch included a salad, yellow watermelon, roasted hazelnuts, homemade pear fruit leather, and some local nitrate-free jerkey

When we started the September challenge, I worried that my kid’s school lunches would be more work than I wanted to do  (notice that I like to take shortcuts when posible). After a recommendation from a friend, I invested in these Bentgo boxes. My kids also have lunch bags and these Thermos. We have found that each kid having a thermos is totally essential in how we do lunches. Not only can we pack things like yogurt with fruit in them, but we also send them to school with leftover soup, pasta, enchiladas etc.. The thing I like about the Bentgo boxes is that they come in handy when you are short on groceries and just a bunch of random stuff to throw together (like Gabe’s lunch this day).

When the boxes came in the mail last week, the kids said that they wanted to pack their lunches for the next day right that second. I reminded them that they would need to pack food that fits into our Oregon challenge. Gabe (who tends to be my most picky eater) said, “I should pack a salad.” Um… okay Gabe, I guess I can help help facilitate that  if you insist:). It was amazing to see how my kids got so into this process. It was a good reminder that including kids in the food process as much as possible helps make for healthier/happier kids. And… my kids are learning through packing their own lunches as well as helping with meals, what foods grow in Oregon and which ones don’t (and where all of those foods grow).

Also in regards to the challenge, I have to confess that there have been a few cheats. Yes, I did buy my kids a GTF doughnut at farmer’s market today (and of course had to have one myself). Oh, and yes I did get my kids a hot chocolate at the coast when I showed up with very underdressed kids at a very chilly day at the beach. I really want to have this be a positive experience for my kids and not an experience where they feel like they were forced to participate, so if cheating here and there helps rejuvenate them to face another week of only Oregon grown food, then so be it! I’d love to hear how you all involve your kids in the cooking process, and in particular with their school lunches. I would love to have one less thing to do in my life, so I am excited to continue letting the kids have ownership over their lunches!

sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too).

sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:08 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too)