School: Dazed and Confused

August 20, 2018

School: Dazed and Confused

What a relief when the school grind is done in May. Come August, though, I’m throwing rose petals in front of the school bus.

I will have had a kid in my house for almost 40 years when my youngest goes to college. And I’m still baffled by school lunches, despite having made 2,453 turkey sandwiches.

Kids choose what they eat, trade or throw away. So when they don’t eat what I put in the lunchbox, it doesn’t matter how healthy it is.

Here are three of my current tricks to sneak in some nutrition:

  • I juice lots of spinach (and freeze it in 1/4 cup servings). Then I blend up the following and pour it into a thermos:
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt (they only eat the sweetened vanilla kind)
    • ½ cup milk (we use whole milk because the youngest is so tiny)
    • 1/3 cup frozen mango
    • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
    • 1 peach (skin off, pit removed – obviously)
    • ½ tsp. vanilla
    • 1 scoop collagen powder
    • ¼ cup juiced spinach
  • I puree lots of butternut squash and freeze it in 1/3 cup servings. Then I add it to the marinara sauce. Pour over the shape pasta noodles they’re eating that week. Boom. Done.
  • Farm&Oven. Strangely, the cookies I put in the kids’ lunches don’t come home. So our bakery bites (with a sneaky 2 servings of veggies in each pack) are a perfect lunchtime treat.

Good luck! And if you have other ideas, please email me! I’ll share them (and use them myself).



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