So, my son has started Pre-K 4 this year and it is a half day program. Two days a week, when I have to work all day, my son stays at school and has lunch with the other kids and goes to the after care program. On these two days he takes his lunch to school. This is not his first time taking lunch to school. He took a lunch last year for Pre-K 3 but I am still having the dilemma of what is appropriate to put in his lunch box. It has become more of an issue since his last pediatrician visit where we were told that he is in the 50% percentile for his weight. My husband brought up the topic of meals to the doctor and that our son likes to eat a lot of snacks instead of “real food”. As the doctor put it “it is easy to solve that problem by not having snacks in the house”! Hmmmmm……good point!
So, I am beginning to rethink the way I pack his lunchbox as well. What I normally send is a sandwich, a fruit or dairy, a snack and a drink. But I am now thinking that he doesn’t really need that snack in his lunchbox for three reasons:
1. His fruit or dairy (usually yogurt) can substitute for the snack
2. He gets snacks on the days that he does not have lunch at school
3. Need to take the pediatricians advice and cut back significantly
I think as Americans, we prefer our children to have a “full” lunchbox so that they won’t be hungry. Putting those four items in his lunch made me feel like he would not be lacking anything. But now I am considering that just three items are sufficient seeing that they still do get a snack while in Pre-K class.
What are some ways that assure that you pack a nutritious lunch for your kids?