With childhood obesity in this country at an all time high, I find myself concerned and more mindful then ever. I’m encouraged that Michelle Obama is working to change our public schools to have healthier lunches, but as a public school teacher who’s seen the nachos and burgers, I know that we still have some school lunches that still aren’t making the cut.
Until we see the menus come home that prove otherwise, it’s important that we are mindful with what we feed our kids and consider – if we are able – sending our kids with packed lunches that are healthy and…dare we hope for… flavorful?
Well, with picky kids it can be tough, and with their healthy development in mind on top of that…it can be down right exhausting to think about. What I think is important is to keep in mind how you talk about food with your children – being mindful of the language you use. Don’t use words like “That will make you fat” because that can lead to an unhealthy self-image.
Instead, focus on overall positive health.
So, I’ve gone on the hunt for resources…mom’s who’ve done the work for you…so you don’t have to.
A group of bloggers got together to host a month-long challenge which they cleverly called “Beyond Bologna”Â Â in an effort to help you get beyond the boring and move past the unhealthy so you can provide your kids easy but healthy lunches. The cool thing about this group of gals is, all of their ideas are simple. So check them out.
Tina from Life without Pink did even more research than I’ve done. She’s scoured the blog world to find all the moms who’ve worked hard to put up lunch posts this fall and I, for one will be saving it as a resource.
If you’re looking for fresh school lunch ideas on a regular basis in newsletter format, then go with MOMables. What I like about this option is, it offers you simple, kid friendly lunches. Take a look at their sample menus to see what they have to offer.
What you’ll see is, they aren’t overly innovative BUT they offer you the organizational tools and planning that, quite frankly, this busy mom of three prefers not to think about. They offer you a shopping list and everything.
It is subscription based, but, if you pay for the whole year in advance it breaks down to $1.25 per week. It might be worth it if you’re low on inspiration and…um just plain lacking in organization, like me.Â
And something for you…Salted Espresso Oatmeal CookiesÂ - do what the author advises and eat them for breakfast. DONE.
What? Everything in moderation!
What are your go-to healthy lunch ideas? Where do you go for inspiration when you’re in a bind?
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