Melissa has a FUN and informative blog filled with tricks and ideas to encourage waste free lunches and lunches YOUR kids will WANT to eat. If you are just starting to pack your kids lunches and don't want to hear how YOUR kid traded his carrots (that's what I did in school) or maybe their Turkey whole wheat sandwich for Candy and Chips, then you might want to start on this page: Home Page. She also has fun ideas like how to make Shaped Hard Boiled Eggs and yummy recipes like: Chocolate Chip Granola Bits and more.
Mrs. Q over at the Fed Up with School Lunch blog has posted some interesting discussion questions all about school lunch as part of a lunch revolution "blog party" and "twitter party". Fun stuff! Right up my little lunch-nerd alley. :)
•How is “Back to School” going for your family?
If I could describe it in one word it would be "phew!". It's been crazy town!
The logistics of juggling four kids, three in school, two different schools, three different schedules is a little overwhelming. We were rezoned to a brand new elementary school this year which my two older boys attend, so there are a lot of new teachers to meet and procedures to learn. In the two weeks and two days since we've been back in school there has been a heaping amount of school drama involving a lot of unexpected upheaval and tears. I think we are in for some smooth sailing ahead, but we still have some waves to get over first. Oh, and in the midst of all this we've had over two dozen lunches packed! ;-)
•Is school lunch important part of your child’s day?
Hmm. Let me ask him.... LOL. Okay, his response was, and I quote: "yes, lunch is a very important part of my day because if I didn't have lunch I'd have a tummy ache and feel tired and get a headache."
•What is school lunch like at your school or your child’s school?It's pretty typical school fare. Nothing to write home about. If the kids don't like the entree they can choose to get a packaged PBJ (you know THE ONES...sort of goes along with "Detestables") and icee instead. At least that's how it was at their last elementary school, which is in the same district. I suspect something may be different this year because we have some major nut-allergic kids in school his year and we are supposed to be nut-free.
One thing I am totally stoked about is our new school is a GREEN school and the cafeteria is stocked with reusable lunch trays! (YAY!!!)
•Do you pack lunch for your kids and what do you pack?
LOL - Um, yes, I pack lunch for my kids. Maybe you have seen my blog? anotherlunch.com ? ;-)
•Do you write notes in your kid’s lunches and what do you write?
Yes! So fun! I write jokes, riddles, fun facts, and little love notes of various degrees of mushiness. I'm so happy to even have my own collection of free down-loadable lunch notes that were custom illustrated to match my blog! :)
•What are some of your favorite lunch recipes (kid-friendly or adult-friendly)?
It really depends on who I am packing my lunch for. A unanimous favorite for the whole family are ourhomemade granola bars and granola bites.
•What are some products that you use when you pack lunch?
Just take a look around. :) Reusable lunch containers, bento boxes, silicone cups to contain foods within the bento boxes, little food picks to hold small pieces of food, etc.! My goal in packing lunches is to make it waste-free and to create a pleasant presentation to make it appealing for my little lunch eaters. :)
Now, how about YOU? I'd love to hear about what all of you have to say! If you take Mrs. Q's interview, please post a link to your answers here in the comments so I can check it out! :)
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