The Week in Bentos: June 11-15, 2012

by Wendy Copley on June 15, 2012

This was our first week of summer vacation so we did our best to take it easy. I let Wyatt stay home for the week instead of sending him right off to day camp and we tried to do at least one fun activity every day. Augie was on his usual preschool schedule though so I have some of his lunches to share. Monday he informed me that he loves the celery his teacher gives him for snack sometimes at school, so I picked up a bunch for his lunches. The kid was not exaggerating — he asked for it in every lunch and for every snack all week long!


No camp or daycare on Monday so we went to the beach. I forgot to take a picture of the lunch I packed, but we had sandwiches, Chex mix and grapes. It was very utilitarian and not cute or attractive in any way.


Preschool Bento #283

On Tuesday, Augie was back to preschool so I packed him a lunch in the Lego bento box: celery sticks with peanut butter, blueberries, cucumber slices, white cheddar Cheez-its and leftover pork chop that I cut into chunks and threaded onto a couple of summery picks. (The picks were from the dollar spot at Target and they still had them when I was in there last week.)


Preschool Bento #284

On Wednesday, Augie had grapes, golden raspberries from the farmers’ market, blueberries, sliced deli turkey and celery with peanut butter.


Preschool Bento #285

Thursday’s lunch was red and yellow raspberries, more turkey with a soy cheese teddy bear cut-out, some trail mix, white cheddar Cheez-its and — gasp! — celery with peanut butter.


Preschool Bento #286

He finished off the week with pita crackers, raisins, celery with peanut butter (for a change) and a half sandwich with peanut butter and apple butter on it.

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  • Not Nuts

    Hi there. I love your blog and the fun presentations you make in your Bentos. When I looked at the pictures this week, I thought, “I’m glad our kids aren’t sharing a lunch table”. As so many children do, my son has nut allergies. I noticed that there were many nutty snacks in your menu. This is not a criticism, but I just wanted to raise te awareness level in a forum where parents are looking for ideas for school lunch. Our school has a no nut policy, as I believe every school should with the epidemic of severe nut allergies and the children who have actually died at school because of this. Please be aware that if you send peanut butter in your child’s lunch, you may be putting another child at risk. Sunflower butter or cream cheese is a great substitute!

  • Hi! I’m very well aware of kids with nut allergies because my oldest son goes to a “no nuts” school as well as “no nuts” summer camps. He has had friends in his class who are allergic to nuts every year and I feel that I’m very respectful of these kids and the school’s policy. I would hate to see a child get hurt because of something silly like a sandwich and I take pains to keep my son’s lunch safe for all children.

    My little guy (who’s lunches you see above) is at a small preschool and none of the children there have allergies so we have the OK to send him with peanut butter and other nuts. If allergies aren’t an issue, I don’t think a school needs and no nut policy, nor do I see any reason why my son shouldn’t enjoy peanut butter in his lunch.

    If you’re interesting in seeing some nut-free bentos, my gallery has an entire category devoted to them — just click the “nut-free” category on the right side of the page.

  •  Oops! I forgot the gallery is down for maintenance at the moment.

  • You give such great ideas on ways to make lunches great for kids.

  • Amy Hauschildt

    What will happen when your child grows up and enters the workplace?

  • I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Are you asking if he will bring peanut butter to his workplace?

  • Oh, I just realized you were responding to “Not Nuts” up above — not to me. Sorry about my dense-ness!

  • Not Nuts

    An adult can take care of themselves by informing coworkers, recognizing the onset of a reaction, injecting herself with an epi-pen and calling 911. Obviously we treat children different than adults because they cannot be expected to care for themselves in a multitude of ways. This is life and death for millions of kids. It’s something people should be aware of.

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