Sunday, January 22, 2017

Henry's Lunchbox - What a 5 Year Old Eats

In case you missed it, Henry turned 5 last week! So what does a 5-year old eat? This week, he packed 3 school lunches, and purchased one hot lunch at school. He even tried out a few new foods from the grocery store, including the sesame sticks he chose to share with his class for snack day.

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? 
Blackberry Coconut Muffins
Carrot Sticks
Radish Slices
Fortune Cookie
Bacon
Ranch Dressing

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
 
Half the Carrot Sticks
All but one Radish Slice

DAY 2
 
DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Summer Sausage
Peruvian Inca Corn
Crispy Peas
Scone with raspberry jam
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
 
Most of the Corn.

DAY 3
DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Henry chose to order spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, and bananas with cinnamon from the school cafeteria.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Korean Barbecue Pork Jerky
Gingerbread Oat Bar
Freeze-Dried Mango Slices
Dried Berry Medley
Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pop
Water

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
 
About half the Dried Berries

Did your child try any new foods in their lunchbox this week?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January's Classroom Snack

For this month's shareable classroom snack, Henry chose sesame sticks and coconut strips. He was excited to serve these snacks to his classmates, as part of their Montessori grace and courtesy routine.

One of his classmates is vegan and this has been a hot topic of conversation among the kids in his classroom. We talked about what it means to be "vegan" and how that might limit her food choices. Henry was concerned that his snack should be vegan so that everyone in his class could share. He decided not to bring jerky or honey pretzels since his classmate might not be able to eat those foods. I was heartened to hear his desire to be inclusive.

What is your child's favorite inclusive classroom snack?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's Birthday Time - Henry is 5!

This week, Henry turned 5 years old! He celebrated with a movie party where he shared donuts and popcorn with his friends. His birthday lunch choice was a hamburger, fries and rootbeer at a local pub.
Making a birthday wish

I've updated Henry's food preferences on the About Us page. Most of his favorites remain the same, with yogurt as his top choice. His least favorite foods continue to be eggs and mashed potatoes.
Making enchiladas
We've also given Henry new responsibilities as a five year old. In addition to packing his own lunches, one of his new jobs is to help prepare a breakfast or dinner each week. When we create our weekly meal plan as a family on Sunday mornings, he can choose which meal he would most like to help cook. This first week, Henry chose to help make enchiladas. He scooped the sauce onto the filled tortillas and sprinkled them generously with cheese. He's also learning how to make a cup of tea for me at breakfast every morning.

What kitchen chores does your five year old have?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Henry's Lunchbox - A Stomach Bug

Henry only packed 2 days of school lunches this week, and he purchased one hot lunch at school. He came home early from school one day with a stomach bug, so he was limited to juice and popsicles while he recovered. Luckily, he was back to normal before his weekend birthday.

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? 
Henry chose to order a hot lunch from the school cafeteria. The menu included a chicken burger and oven fries. He also reported that he had two containers of applesauce, "crispy beans" and chocolate milk. He was very excited about the "crispy beans" which I found out were oven-baked chickpeas.
 
DAY 2
 
DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Sunflower Butter and Raspberry Jam between two Cinnamon Pancakes
Freeze-Dried Mango Slices
Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pop
Oreo Cookie
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
Henry only ate one slice of Mango and the Oreo. Unfortunately, he came home early from school with a stomach bug.

DAY 3
 
DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Honey Pretzels
Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Miso soup 
Half water / Half cranberry juice

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
Half the Apple slices
Most of the Soup

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Henry's Lunchbox - The Forgotten Lunch

Henry packed 3 days of school lunches this week. He had a difficult time readjusting to the school lunch routine this week after a few weeks of leisurely lunches during winter break. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, he came home very hungry but with a hardly eaten lunch. In talking with him, he complained about not having enough time to eat. He had spent his lunch period talking with his friends about Christmas presents and Pokemon creatures instead of focusing on eating.

On Thursday, I put Henry's lunchbox inside his backpack instead of keeping it separate. When he got to school, he forgot to take it out of his backpack and put it in the classroom lunch bin. The teacher assumed that he had not brought lunch from home and sent him through the hot lunch line. Luckily, his school makes sure that every child receives lunch whether or not they have money on-hand. He came home excited to tell us that he had macaroni and cheese, raisins and chocolate milk for lunch. Henry asked if he could eat school food more often, so he is going to start buying a school-made lunch once per week. We sat down together with the January menu and he picked out his favorite menu option for each of the coming weeks.

On Friday, Henry insisted on retaking his packed lunch from the previous day 

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? 
Pear sprinkled with cinnamon
Leftover Nachos (tortilla chips, cheese)
Strawberry Candy
Leftover Baked Beans
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?
All the Pear
All the Nachos
Half the Baked Beans
 
DAY 2
 
DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Almond Butter and Jelly on a Dinner Roll
Cranberry Orange Orchard Bar
Orange
Carrot sticks
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Water

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

A few bites of Roll
All the Orchard Bar
All the Orange
Most of the Carrot Sticks
(Henry came home very hungry. He ate the Orchard Bar and Carrot Sticks as an after school snack)

DAY 3

DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Celery with Peanut Butter
Raisins
Sunflower Butter and Banana slices between two Pumpkin Pancakes 
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX 
Everything - Henry forgot his lunchbox in his backpack and was given a hot lunch at school instead. He ate Macaroni and Cheese, Raisins and Chocolate Milk.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Same as Day 3 - Henry wanted to eat his packed lunch from the previous day. 

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX
 
All the Celery Sticks (most of the peanut butter was eaten)
A few Raisins
A few bites of Pumpkin Pancake

Does your child enjoying buying hot lunch at school?