What's in her lunch box?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
What's in her lunch box?
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:06pm

You might recognize a few names and faces in this great slideshow!

Fresh Ideas for Packed School Lunches~
http://www.ivillage.com/fresh-ideas-packed-school-lunches/3-b-52176

Let's keep it going! What else do you pack for your little ones?

Mine get sunbutter and homemade jelly sandwiches since peanut butter is not allowed. I also like to give them homemade jelly since I don't use much sugar in it.

My kids also like things they can dip - veggie sticks and ranch dressing, a cheese stick with marinara sauce, etc.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 6:03pm
Hi Evie, Welcome to the board! Four dollars for lunch sounds very expensive, but then again, I've never been to Alaska, so maybe that's just the norm there. Anyway, I don't blame you one bit for planning to pack lunches.

Making jelly is time-consuming because you have to make the jelly, then process the jars. But as time-consuming as it is, it's not difficult by any means. If you have the time, you should try it out. It's definitely a good way to save money and ensure you know just what is going into your food.

Here's an article and some links that might help~
http://www.ivillage.com/jump-canning-craze/3-a-218911
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 1:11pm
And here's one more link that I got in my email this morning. Great recipes & tips!

http://www.ivillage.com/you-can-do-it-making-jellies-jams-preserves-and-more/3-a-371556
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Registered: 08-16-2011
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 12:26pm

My daughter is 15, and sometimes does not eat the lunch I pack her. I hope this year she will eat her lunch, because she will choose what she wants. For the first day, she has chosen an apple pie-flavored Lärabar, a peanutbutter-chocolate granola bar, some carrots or grapes, and a Mystic Mango Kombucha.

Because Kombucha and Lärabars are sometimes expensive, I expect for her to just have a granola bar, fruit, and a juice for the rest of the week.

I like that both the Kombucha and Lärabars are raw and organic. It makes me happy that she makes good food choices. It also makes me relieved that it will fill her up, especially when her lunch period could be 4, 5, or 6, and she may have extreme hunger if she had to wait until 6th period, especially when she's had 4th lunch period for two years.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 4:48pm
Sunbutter is like peanut butter but its made from sunflower seeds. With so many peanut allergies out there its a great alternative if there is a child w/ food allergies in your childs class. I personally like sunbutter more than soybutter b/c the sunbutter is sweetened w/ natural cane juice, very yummy.
Some ideas other than sandwiches, pasta salads, tuna salad, chicken salad, regular salads or even fruit salads. My son loves pasta salads packed in his lunch :)

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 4:50pm
I've never heard of Kombucha or Larabars...where do you buy them?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 8:59pm
Have you ever tried making sunbutter Rebekah? I've made my own peanut butter, but some of the pb alternatives can be expensive. Maybe I'll give it a try and see how it turns out.
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Registered: 07-24-2011
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 9:27am

Yikes, $4 is a lot! I know Alaska can be expensive but ouch! We pay $1.95 here as of this year, and I even hate that! We allow them to buy once per week, barring any emergencies. The rest of the week, I pack lunches. My youngest gets a sandwich, a baggy of fruit/veggies with some dip, (or a type of healthy cracker, he loves crunchy crackers and we don't really do chips) and a bag with a homemade cookie or muffin. This week, it's whoopie pies. He's a hit in the cafeteria haha. One thing we've tried is tortilla wraps; we have put in pb&j, cream cheese and jelly, lettuce and bacon, all sorts of combos. I keep everything in the fridge until I put it in his backpack in the morning. Our problem here is excessive heat but he doesn't like to carry anything he can't drop in the trash on his way to play after eating, despite having a ton of green-minded lunch containers. Hot dog buns are fun sandwiches too. Lots of great ideas on this board!

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