To kick off the grand opening of Family Live Life Well and because it is back-to-school time, I will be posting every day this week. I often get asked by moms what I pack in my kids’ lunches. I have recently invested in two fabulously amazing PlanetBoxes and wanted to share what is going in them these days.
Please don’t judge if you are a perfect mom … or a nutritionist … or if your kids genuinely enjoy things like brussel sprouts, roasted asparagus, or zucchini muffins. I don’t cut my food into pretty shapes or hide love notes to my boys in their lunch boxes. I think these moms are awesome, but despite my best efforts, I just can’t seem to make it my reality.
Because of my son’s many allergies, I have tried just about every healthy recipe out there, but I have found that both my boys like for me to keep it simple.
I have also learned not to beat myself up if they hate something; there is no shame in choosing a better – not best – alternative to junk. In other words, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For example, my kids refuse to eat homemade kale chips out of the dehydrator, but I switched from Lay’s to a healthier non-GMO potato chip brand.
Another disclaimer: my lunches do not contain items that are 100 percent healthy. I believe in moderation. I believe in 1 cup of Powerade one time a week after a special baseball game win, but not a 32 ounce bottle every time they step on the field. I believe in 1/2 of a bag of Skittles as a special treat once a week, but not every day as an after school snack.
I also for the record, do not think the dyes and high fructose corn syrup that is in most of the junk that I occasionally allow is okay. I. Do. Not. Think. It. Is. Okay. But as much as I don’t want it in our society, it is. Whether I like it or not. Therefore, I allow minimal amounts and my kids are okay with that.
I know there are loads of articles online about allergy-friendly snacks and lunches and quite often it can be overwhelming. I am a simple girl.
Here is Day 1 of a Simple Lunch:
- Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey sliced Medium
- Pure Knead GF Bread
- Organic Grapes
- Glutino GF Pretzils
- 3 Skittles in mini dessert tray
Tune in each day this week for more lunch ideas.
Lots of pictures this week, not a lot of words.
Also, feel free to share your own lunch ideas in the comments section below.