My daughter is just finishing up the 2nd grade and has never bought a school lunch! Shocking, I know! I made the decision to pack her lunch every day (before we realized she had a food dye allergy). When she started kindergarten, the school gave us the first month’s breakfast and lunch menu. I was disgusted at what I saw. Very little fresh produce and everything was highly processed. The breakfast, which my daughter wouldn’t have needed, was french toast sticks, biscuits, syrup, etc. Really? Was yogurt, fruit, and granola that much more expensive? Apparently so!
However, just because I made the commitment to always pack my daughter’s lunch doesn’t mean it’s always the healthiest. However, with so many convenience foods at the grocery store, a lunch from could easily be just as bad. There has to be a way to keep it healthy and easy for the morning madness. I can’t be the only one that has crazy mornings getting the kids ready!
Avis Richards, made an eye opening documentary called, Lunch: What are Kids Munching On? It touches on subjects like the fact that kids are developing traditional adult diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more than 30% of the nation’s children and considered overweight or obese. This is shocking and sad. I know you are thinking that kids only get one meal at school, but that’s not true, many eat both meals at school. And students are learning to associate these junk food meals as “healthy” because the school admins tell them it is healthy. Since when does a slice of cheese pizza count as a veggie? ”Kids are growing up in a junk food culture.”
Did you know that many schools today are not able to prepare a traditional meal if they wanted to since proper kitchens are being phased out. Basically, they are becoming a way to reheat prepacked and highly processed foods. I could go on and on, but you need to check out the video…it’s only 26 minutes and well worth a watch. Watch the trailer and buy Lunch here!
What do your kids eat for lunch at school? Do they buy their lunch or do you pack it? What do you put in their lunch? Some of my 7yo daughter’s favorites are:
- Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
- Hummus and Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Fruit Salad
- Yogurt and Granola (or granola bar)