Monday, July 22, 2013

Lunchbox Wars with My Closet Foodies

What!? Summer's almost over!!!? Say it isn't so.

School is back in session in a couple of weeks which means a few things for us: (1) less time during the week for tabletop travel, though I do promise at least two or three meals from our Cooking Around the World Adventure; and (2) the advent of the Lunchbox Wars, year seven.

My boys are not picky eaters. They eat escargot for goodness sake. They pluck lettuce from the ground and shove it in their mouths. They love kale. But, for some bizarre reason, they don't want to eat like that at school. They are closet-foodies.

And each and every year we fight about what goes into their lunchboxes. My all-time favorite comment, from Riley, was during 1st grade: "Mom, can you please pack the pad thai and take it to Nonna's so I can eat it after school? I really want to eat it. But I want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school...just like the other kids." Really?!? What's wrong with pad thai?

So sandwiches were on the kid-approved list. I am not a sandwich kinda gal. No matter how exciting the filling is, I would just rather eat anything but.

Two years ago some kid's comment about Dylan's curried egg salad sandwich brought tears to his eyes; Riley wailed about someone making fun of his tuna sandwich...even though he "told them it was dolphin-safe!"  So, now sandwiches are not high on the list.

But wraps...last year they tried wraps - tortilla wraps, lettuce wraps...wraps are still kid-approved. Any other healthy suggestions? I'm all ears.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, I don't blame them for not eating at school. I had to start taking my own too or I would not be able to fit in my school clothes all year! :)

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    1. No, I pack their lunches, but they still have a list of things they don't want to bring...because of social pressure. It's maddening to me.

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