I’m sure some of you have into this scenario. One day one of my kids came home super cranky. I asked him what was wrong and he states… “They had the GROSSEST lunch at school.” He goes on to tell me what was on the menu (none of which I found to be at all distasteful but maybe I do not have the same standards.) He goes on to tell me that that occurrence is commonplace and that he is always starving at school. Hmmm… I think. Have I been wasting money all those years buying school lunches and my child sits there and stares at his tray not eating?
The next day I sneak out of work to eat lunch with my son. On the menu is hamburgers, fries with a choice of fruit or veggies and a chocolate chip cookie. I’m thinking yum! It is a treat for me to have a burger for lunch. I proudly have a smile on my face as my son picks out broccoli as his side. We promptly sit down and I start wolfing my burger down. My son on the other hand opens his ranch dressing that happens to come with the broccoli and starts dipping his fries into it. Come to find out he gets veggies everyday just to get the ranch dressing only. No school veggies ever touch his lips. He then picks up his burger and says “Here. I am not eating this” and hands it to me. What? The sum amount of food that landed in his stomach consisted of ranch dressing, fries and a cookie, certainly not a lunch of champions.
Upon questioning him, I do find out that on some days he does actually eat lunch. We agree to look at the school menu and on the days that he knows he will not eat what is offered he will bring in a sack lunch. So now I have to pack a lunch on my to do list. The endless amount of questions on how to pack his lunch and what supplies…baggies, paper bags swirl in my mind. Just the cost and effort of supplies will surely exceed the cost of the school lunches. The answer was really simple. I purchased reusable lunch box containers. Not only was I able to save money by buying reusable containers but I was able to plan his lunches knowing what sized food would fit into the individual containers.
This story has a happy ending. On Sunday nights my finicky eater and I look at the school menu for the week and plan which days he will be bringing his lunch. He comes home from school happy and not famished. Yes he still is a huge fan of ranch dressing but now it is just a condiment not a meal.
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