I am now the mom of a Primary student. Times have changed since 1985 when I first stepped foot into a classroom; Well, I think they have. I will see a difference; I’m not the one eating lunch at school. I’m sending my little Princess off to school with a special lunch I prepared just for her.
When my little Primary schooler is at home, she can eat a monstrosity of food. She can spend all day eating and unfortunately if it was up to her, she would have gummies and icecream (she’s just like her dad). So what do you pack for a 5-year-old that likes to snack all day and not eat a “real meal?” Good question.
My biggest tip is cookie cutters, which also come in sandwich-shaped cutters. I have a bunch: dolphins, dinosaurs, bunnies and her favourite – penguins. Crust is never consumed even when a sandwich is cut into triangles, so it’s no loss to use cutters. The sandwiches she enjoys are sliced chicken, ham, cheese and cucumbers. If the cukes don’t make it into the sandwich, she will eat them on the side.
Cookie cutters can also be used for cheese, melons, kiwi, zucchini (I wonder if I could pass these off as a cucumber?) Anything that can be made into a cute little shape always tastes better, the empty plate is my first clue.
Yogurt tubes and fruit squeezies are the best invention ever. Miss Picky Eater will not eat flavoured yogurt in a cup, but stick it in a tube and it’s delicious. Check the sugar contents; some have 7 grams others can have up to 20. Yogurt and apple sauce are healthy snacks compared to gummyworms, which is what she would want.
Fruit – any fruit. Because fruit is sweet, kids will usually eat it all.
As for drinks? I’m sure she wants a juice pack, but we will take part in the milk program. This way, I can be guaranteed she’s getting a healthy drink over sugar – plus she has to wait till noon rather than sneak a juice box at recess. She’s five, it’ll happen!
I also plan on throwing in a special note. She can’t read just yet, but it’s something in there just for her from Mom to let her know I’m thinking about her. (And maybe a gummy or two on Fridays as a special treat).
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