Monday’s snack was sweet and simple: grapes, whole grain crackers (Kashi brand) and a couple of big ol’ strawberries.
Tuesday’s Kindergarten lunch was sent in the OOTS lunchbox. The main lunch component was leftover pasta with marinara from dinner the night before and that went into the thermos. For snacks I packed strawberries and grapes in one sidecar and I put a whole wheat hamburger bun with some small slices of cheddar cheese in the other. I’m pretty thrilled about the cheese slices. This is something that Wyatt used to eat, but he hasn’t touched them in a couple of years.
The toddler’s lunchbox was packed into my new favorite panda box. I sent four falafel balls that I pulled out of the freezer and quickly defrosted. There were also grape tomatoes, grape grapes, plain leftover pasta and some sliced strawberries.
I combined Wyatt’s snack and lunch in the Laptop lunchbox on Wednesday. There was fresh pineapple, strawberries, some tortilla chips, and leftover taco filling (organic ground beef, pinto beans and just a little bit of taco seasoning to keep it mild enough for both kids to eat). I finished it off with a half of a strawberry jam sandwich on some whole wheat white bread.
OK, so I have a question for you knowledgeable lunch packers. Are those whole wheat white breads any good? Part of me thinks that they must be at least a little more nutritious than regular white bread but the other part of me thinks that they’re too good to be true and anything that’s processed this much is probably just kind of junky.
Of course my ultimate goal is to have both of my kids eating whole grain breads all the time and while I can get the five year old to eat some whole wheat foods (buns, dinner rolls, pizza crust, pretzels, etc.), he turns up his nose at just about any kind of sandwich bread that isn’t snowy white. Augie will eat anything I put in front of him and I’m hoping to keep that up, but I’ve already noticed that he eats significantly less whole grain bread than he does white bread.
Augie’s lunch had fresh pineapple, a mixture of corn, edamame and red bell peppers, leftover taco filling, sliced grape tomatoes and a half a whole wheat bun. (This lunch was packed into the Syrup o’ clock bento box.)
Thursday’s lunch was packed into the police car box. It had leftover homemade pizza (on whole wheat crust! Yay!) and a bunch of strawberries and grapes.
His snack box had some pita crackers, a couple slices of rolled up roasted turkey, and some sliced aged gouda cheese. Can you believe he eats aged gouda cheese? I can’t either! This is the same child who says that Monterey jack cheese is too “spicy”.
On Friday, I drew a Robot Man onto a biscuit with food safe markers for Wyatt’s snack. Some strawberries went into the box too.