What's for lunch?

Filed under: Big Kids, Nutrition: Health, Day Care & Education

In less than a week, Jared will start kindergarten. When he was in preschool, snack was provided (by a different parent each day) and he had lunch either before or after school. Now, however, he'll be in school for most of the day and will not only need a snack, but a full lunch too. The thing is, I'm not sure what to pack for him. I ate in the cafeteria for pretty much my whole life, so I really don't have much of a clue.

So far, we've identified sandwiches -- ham, turkey, roast beef, chicken, and tuna -- as acceptable. That can get kinda boring, though, after a while. While he used to eat peanut butter like it was going out of style, but lately, he hasn't been into it at all. For sides, there will be plenty of fruit -- grapes, apples, bananas, and raisins -- and veggies -- carrots and cauliflower mostly -- but what else can we include?

Naturally, we want to stay away from chips and cookies and such, but we're not opposed to the occasional Nilla wafer or animal cracker. Part of the problem is that Jared eats like a horse. He's skinny, but he can eat a lot. So what are some filling meals that are healthy and can be packed in a kindergartener's lunch? What do your children eat?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.