Summer break is just a couple of weeks away and man am I burned out from making school lunches. I'm a good cook and have no problem saying that. But, well, this is what my daughter's school lunch looked like today:
It's a yogurt tube, two cheese sticks because apparently I can't count, a whole apple and a whole cucumber. I didn't even cut the cuke, never mind peel it. I just keep telling myself that at least it isn't the donut and croissant I dropped off at my 3-year-old's preschool when I accidentally left her lunch box at home. Because I did that this week too.
So here I am, burned out on lunches when I'm about to have four children home with me all summer. And I have to feed these children multiple times a day!
I don't want to overcomplicate things but I also want my children to eat a well-balanced diet. I have a hard time finding the middle of the road on this topic, but I'm going to try my best this summer to offer a healthy lunch at least four days a week.
I know we are all in the same boat, so I thought I'd share the list I came up with for summer lunches.
Here it is:
- turkey and cheese sandwich, apple, chips
- snack plate of almonds, grapes, cheddar cheese cubes, pretzels
- red lunch of watermelon, red pepper slices, tomatoes and pepperoni
- rainbow lunch of grape tomatoes, clementine, slice of cheese, walnuts, cucumber, blueberries and purple grapes
- graham crackers and apple slices with peanut butter for dipping
- fruit smoothie made out of milk, banana, frozen strawberries and a handful of baby spinach
- egg salad on a bagel, pickle, chips
- protein box with boiled eggs, almonds, string cheese, and sliced pepper
- yogurt with toppings like chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, slivered almonds and strawberries
I will start off the summer like that, but by the end I bet lunch will be pizza, an ice cream bar and a cucumber for good measure. At least everyone will eat it?
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