This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they extend their family’s natural lifestyle to their child’s school. Hop around to each post to get some tips and share your own!
In an attempt to keep our family values intact despite sending my daughter off to public school, I pack her a lunch each day. I’m grateful to have an awesome lunch kit from Mighty Nest to help make things easier. What I didn’t expect was the competition between what I send her to eat for lunch and what the cafeteria has for all of the other kids. If my child could live off of pizza and chicken nuggets she would. I’ve been trying to extend my lunchbox-making skills to include lots of different things, but my 5-year-old is proving to be quite difficult.
I made pink pasta once. She didn’t dig it because it wasn’t a natural color.
So I made a turkey wrap. She ate one half on Friday, but got bored of it by Monday. I tried pinwheels. She ate them, but said she didn’t like them. Today I went back to normal sandwiches cut into adorable shapes. Today I gave her the letter G for Gaia and assumed she’d be super excited. She comes home and as I’m emptying her lunchbox I realize she ate raisins and pepperonis and that’s it.
I am determined to make this work for us though. I go shopping weekly to try new things. I have been trying to make everything adorable in hope it will sway her vision of what makes a good lunch. If you follow me on instagram you’ll get some lunchbox updates.
I just got some packages today full of bento accessories (the last photo pictured above). I’m excited to incorporate the new stuff into her school lunches. I’m so glad to have silicone cupcake cups to separate food items. I’ve nearly depleted my personal stash of cupcake liners doing lunches for the last few weeks.
Do you have any lunchbox friendly recipes? I’ve tried some, but I’m still stuck on exactly what my daughter will enjoy. I would love to explore options you have for school lunches!
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed: