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Week Seven – Thursday’s Lunch September 30, 2010

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Lunch #30: Today I made a healthier version of pigs in a blanket by wrapping an all beef nitrate-free hot dog in a slice of whole grain bread (topped with a bit of organic relish and ketchup first).  Then I sliced it in half and each piece closed with a food-pick.  A few Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams and whole-grain Gold fish crackers complete the large compartment of the Easy Lunch Box, while half an organic nectarine, some grapes, and a mixture of organic blueberry applesauce, flax seeds and organic vanilla yogurt make up the rest of Ava’s lunch.

Feedback from Lunch #29 (Wednesday, 9/29/10): She ate everything at during lunch time except for her broccoli, which she ate later when she got home.  Ava reminded me that she usually doesn’t finish everything in her lunch box, because she is in a rush to go outside to play.  Duh, Mom!?!

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: According to the school district menu, kids buying lunch from the cafeteria have a choice today of Popcorn Chicken & Whole Wheat Roll or Yogurt & Bagel Basket, both served with Green Beans
Whipped Potatoes / Gravy.

Just 145 more lunches to go…

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Week Seven – Wednesday’s Lunch September 29, 2010

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Lunch #29: This morning Ava had two large slices of toast for breakfast, so I decided against making a sandwich for her lunch.    Instead, she will have her favorite grapes with slices of organic nectarine and organic apple (both spritzed with lemon juice to prevent browning).  I also added fresh broccoli with ranch dip, and mixed a few chopped almonds together with brown rice we had left over from dinner last night (yummy spicy red Thai curry chicken).  In a leak-proof container I combined flax seeds with organic vanilla yogurt.

Feedback from Lunch #28: She didn’t touch her broccoli and pea salad at school, but when she tasted it later she liked it.  Other than that, everything else was consumed at lunch time.

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Kids buying lunch from the school cafeteria have a choice of Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich or Fish Bites & Bread Stick, both served with Oven Fries and Corn & Black Bean Salad.

Just 146 more lunches to go…

 

Week Seven – Tuesday’s Lunch September 28, 2010

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Lunch #28: Today I prepared a princess shaped sandwich (organic almond butter and apple butter on whole grain bread), complete with a scepter (star cut out from the sandwich and half a strawberry flavored Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit).  I also included a few of Ava’s favorite grapes and some Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams to the main compartment, and wrapped up the rest of the lunch box with a sliced organic pear (spritzed with lemon juice to prevent browning), and a bit of  fresh broccoli and pea salad I made this morning.  Hopefully this lunch will be fit for my princess!

Feedback from Lunch #27: As per usual she at almost everything at lunch time except for a peach slice, a baby dill pickle and part of her sandwich.  She ate those items after school before heading off to soccer.

What Ava Did NOT Eat For Lunch: Children purchasing lunch from the school cafeteria have a choice of Cheese or Sausage Pizza or Chicken Tenders, both served with Broccoli/Raisin Salad and Steamed Carrots.

Just 147 more lunches to go…

 

Week Seven – Monday’s Lunch September 27, 2010

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Lunch #27: This morning Ava had requested an almond butter princess crown sandwich, but I soon realized we are out of bread.  Oddly enough, ours is a house where a loaf often dies a slow painless death in the bread drawer; however, while Ava was sick she did eat more toast than usual.  We quickly regrouped and opted for turkey, ham, Swiss cheese  and mayo on a left over deli roll (which would have likely gone bad anyhow).  Baby dill pickles and a few almonds complete the large compartment of the box, while a sliced organic peach, and whole grain Goldfish crackers fill out the rest.  Additionally, I prepared a simple salad of greens, peas, tomato wedges (from our container planting), with a splash blush vinaigrette, AND…wait for it: shredded cheddar cheese (per Ava’s request, despite last week’s declaration that she was “off cheese.”)

Feedback from Lunch#26 (Friday, 9/24/10): Ava ate everything at lunch time except half of her sandwich, which she had as part of her after school snack.

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Kids buying lunch from the school cafeteria today have a choice of Cheese Quesadilla or Turkey a la King & Biscuit both served with Peas, Mixed Vegetables, and Tossed Salad.

Just 148 more lunches to go…

 

Week Six – Friday’s Lunch September 24, 2010

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Lunch #26: Today Ava requested a turkey sandwich, and informed me she is “off cheese,” because she “doesn’t like it anymore.”  So, in the main compartment I prepared sandwich wedges of turkey, lettuce, and mayo on an Earth Grains Multi-grain Thin Bun.  She also request tomatoes (from our container planting) sliced and on the side, so they don’t get her sandwich soggy.  For a bit more protein, I added almonds as well.   Finally, heart-shaped kiwi chunks and mandarin orange slices round out this lunch box.

Ava and I had an interesting conversation last night about her friend “Maddy” who also brings her lunch to school.  Ava said that “Maddy” gets to choose what she has in her lunch, and asked if she could do that.  I said she can help decide depending on what we have in the pantry.  I asked her what kinds of things “Maddy” chooses, and Ava replied, “Well, she kind of brings a lot of not healthy stuff.  A lot of junk.  Oh, and Lunchables with crackers.  Those are healthy!”  I explained to her that we would not be buying a lot of prepacked (also bad for the environment) empty calorie foods for her lunches, and why Lunchables are not the best choice because they don’t have whole grains, have too much salt, and probably also contain high fructose corn syrup.  We did decide to work together to choose the stuff that goes into her lunches, so this morning I gave her some options of what we had.  I think this will help her feel more empowered, which is a good thing.

Feedback from Lunch #25: She ate everything at lunchtime except for part of the sandwich, which became her afternoon snack before gymnastics.

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Kids buying lunch from the school cafeteria today will have a choice of Taco & Chips w/Toppings or BBQ Chicken / Bun–both with Fruit Sherbet, and Baked Beans.

Just 149 more lunches to go…

 

Week Six – Thursday’s Lunch September 23, 2010

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Lunch#25: The antibiotics seem to be working and Miss Ava was eager to be back at school.  Yay!  Mommies can’t get sick, right?  Well, this one feels like the crud is trying to creep up on her.  Still, the show must go on, so in the large compartment of her Easy Lunch Box, I placed sandwich squares of wholegrain bread, lettuce, turkey, cheddar, and mayo.  In the other smaller sections I added mandarin orange slices (next to grapes, they are another favorite), and organic vanilla yogurt mixed with flax seeds.

Feedback from Lunch #24 (Wednesday, 9/22/10): Everything was happily eaten.

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Children buying lunch from the school cafeteria have their choice of a Cheeseburger/Bun or Chicken Eggroll with Sauce & Brown Rice–both served with Oven Fries and Steamed Broccoli.  Ava might be a bit jealous today, as she does like chicken eggrolls, brown rice, and steamed broccoli.

Just 150 more lunches to go…

 

Week Six – Wednesday’s Lunch September 22, 2010

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Lunch #24: My darling girl seemed to be doing better yesterday afternoon, but after going to bed she had another coughing fit and threw up.  I took her to the doctor this morning and we were surprised to learn she has an infection in both ears (despite the fact that she didn’t have all the classic symptoms–constant ear pain, fever, or chills).  As such, she is now on antibiotics and Motrin, and has to skip swimming for the next couple of weeks (she can resume school and her other activities tomorrow as long as she has no fever or chills tonight).

In all the excitement of going to the doctor this morning, Ava had a late lunch.  I prepared a simple plate of wholegrain Goldfish crackers, organic dried cranberries with scoop of natural peanut butter, and organic yogurt mixed with organic blueberry applesauce, and flax seeds.

Feedback from Lunch#23 (Tuesday, 9/21/10): It took her a little while, but everything was consumed from yesterday’s lunch.

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Children eating lunch from the school cafeteria had the choice of Chicken Patty & Bun or Ham Chef’s Salad & Soft Pretzel–both served with Corn, and Seasoned Potato Wedges.

Just 151 more lunches to go…