Sunday, September 25, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 3

This week Henry packed 5 days of school lunches. He tried out a new recipe on Monday and had his first completely eaten lunch on Friday.
In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1
 
DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Cinnamon Banana Almond Butter Roll-up, cut into 5 pieces
Parsnip Chips 
Plum
Pistachios
Saltwater Taffy, licorice flavor
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Half the parsnip chips

A small bit of plum
A few pistachios
Most of the taffy, he was not very thrilled with the licorice flavor
*His water bottle was nearly full. Henry has decided he prefers water with a few drops of lemon juice. We forgot to add the lemon to today's water bottle.


DAY 2
 
DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Salami and Provolone Cheese, 2 slices each rolled up together
Dried berry medley, cherries/blueberries/strawberries
English muffin with lemon curd, cut into quarters
Banana Chips
Orange Tootsie Roll
Water (with a few drops of lemon juice)

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

1 slice of provolone cheese
Half the dried fruit
1 bite of English muffin
*About 1 cup of water was left in Henry's water bottle.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
3 Cinnamon Pancakes spread with Peanut Butter
3 Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pops 
4 Prunes
4 Carrot Sticks
Lemon Tootsie Roll 
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX
 
1 Pancake
1 Figgy Pop
2 Prunes
3 Carrot Sticks
*Henry's water bottle was about half empty.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on Raisin Bread
Mixed Nuts
Animal Gummies
Plum, cut into quarters
Mandarin Orange, divided into segments
Water 

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Half of the orange
*The water bottle was about half empty.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Banana Nut Bread (homemade)
Apples Slices, sprinkled with cinnamon
Grape Fruit Leather
Korean Barbecue Pork Jerky 
Mixed Nuts
Water (with a slice of lime)

DAY 5 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Nothing
*Henry's water bottle was about half empty.

Henry packed bananas in several of this week's lunches. They are one of his favorites: Banana Roll-ups, Banana Chips, Banana Bread. What is your child's favorite way to pack bananas in their lunchbox?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cinnamon Banana Almond Butter Roll-up

One of Henry's favorite foods is bananas. Of course, he has been asking to pack bananas in his lunchbox. 

Henry has chosen dried banana chips several times, but we've discouraged him from taking fresh bananas. Fresh bananas brown easily when they sit in a lunchbox all morning, so I started thinking about how he could enjoy a banana in his school lunch. He was so excited when I suggested a banana roll-up for Monday's school lunch.

I think this is one of Henry's new favorite recipes. Most of the items in Henry's lunchbox are grab and go, but this simple combination was quick and easy for Henry to make himself. Sprinkling cinnamon on the banana and wrapping it inside a tortilla helps to keep it fresh in his lunchbox. This recipe is definitely Henry approved; he ate all of it at lunch.


CINNAMON BANANA ALMOND BUTTER ROLL-UP
Serves 1

- 1 Banana
- 1 Wheat Tortilla
- Almond butter (you could use peanut butter or sunflower seed butter instead)
- Cinnamon

Peel the banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread almond butter on the tortilla. Roll the banana inside the tortilla. Slice into pieces that fit in your lunchbox.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 2

This was Henry's first full week of preschool. He packed 5 days of school lunches.
In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1
 
DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
4 Ritz Crackers
4 slices Pepperjack Cheese
Blueberries
2 Dried Plums (from our neighbor's tree)
Cashews, in the small container
Fruit Gummies
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Most of the cashews
*His water bottle was half empty.


DAY 2

DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Pancake Sandwich (almond butter between 2 coconut pancakes)
Plum, cut into 8 pieces
Donut Peach, cut in 2 halves
Annie's Bunny Fruit Snack
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Half the plum 
All of the peach
Half the fruit snacks
* His water bottle was nearly empty

DAY 3
 
DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Biscuit with sunflower butter and homemade blueberry-cherry jam
Pepperoni stick, cut into pieces
Banana chips
Half a Peach, cut into 4 pieces
Fruit Gummies, in the small container   
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?
 
2 pieces of pepperoni
2 pieces of peach
*His water bottle was completely empty

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon to keep them from turning brown
Banana chips
Graham Cracker Sandwich (sunflower seed butter between two graham cracker halves)
Ants on a Log (4 celery sticks filled with sunflower seed butter and raisins)
Chocolate Easter Eggs -- Henry is almost at the end of his Easter treats, but Halloween is just around the corner 
Water with a few drops of lemon juice

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?
 
1 piece plus a bit of celery
* Henry's teacher reported that his water bottle spilled today and made a big mess.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
 
Pistachios, in the larger container
Plum
PB&J Bar
Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed
Cashews and Sunflower Seeds, in the small container  
Water

DAY 5 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?
 
Most of the cashews and sunflower seeds
He was only unable to open 3 pistachios; he left the shells in his lunchbox.
*His water bottle had about 1/2 cup remaining

Does your child pack their own lunchbox for school?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lunch Box Kitchen Skills

Packing his lunchbox gives Henry the opportunity to practice a variety of kitchen skills. In addition to learning how to select the elements of a balanced lunch, this week he has used scissors to cut pepperoni and a knife to slice plums.

Slicing Plums
 
He's concentrating very hard on cutting the plum into pieces that will fit in his lunchbox.
 

Henry is also taking a stronger interest in helping make breakfast in the morning by stirring pancake mix and a using a rolling pin and biscuit cutter to make biscuits.

Making Biscuits

We made an extra biscuit for his lunch.

What kitchen skills are your kids practicing this week?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 1

Henry started preschool midweek, so there are only three lunches to show from his first week. Henry packs his own lunchbox for school.
In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1
 
DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed, hiding under the jerky
PB&J Bar (from Trader Joe's)
Figgy Pops Apple Cinnamon Supersnack (from Costco)
Banana Chips (from Trader Joe's)
Marshmallow
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Half the Banana Chips

All four Figgy Pops
*His water bottle was nearly empty.


DAY 2
 
DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Pepperoni Stick, cut into pieces 
Pepperjack Cheese
Grapes
Mandarin Orange, divided into segments
Maple Cream Cookie 
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Half the Grapes
Half the Orange
*His water bottle had about 1/4 cup remaining.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Pork Pepperoni (from Trader Joe's)
Mozzarella Cheese
Blueberries
Peanuts
Strawberry Fruit Leather
Small Chocolate Bar
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?


All the Mozzarella Cheese
Three peanuts 
*His water bottle had about 1/4 cup remaining.


What was your child's favorite lunchbox item this week?