Are you low on inspiration for what to pack for your little healthy eater when they head off to school? Read on fellow caregiver!
My intention had been to write this post back in August, when I finally had to come to terms with the fact that my oldest was going to kindergarten – I could ignore it no more. But despite the fact that I personally drop her off at school every day, and am feel her missing presence throughout the day, I am still in denial in many ways. Thankfully, this denial has not thrown me so far down into a spiral that I can’t pull myself out enough to make healthy lunches. Oh no. I put on my big-girl pants every morning and make sure she is nourished at school!
Before I get launch into this list, I want you to know that I am type of mother that does not think that goldfish are healthy snacks for my kids. I say this not to place any guilt or judge (that is the last thing I want to do!), but to let you know where I’m coming from. Beyond the pretty obvious artificial color and flavor negatives of many packaged foods, the other reason I avoid many packaged foods for my kids is the non-organic wheat they are usually made with. Non-organic wheat is sprayed with glyphosate (aka RoundUp) to help the wheat go to seed – more seed, more profit per plant. Proponents of these chemicals (and the GMO seeds they are used upon) that are used to keep these crops pest and fungus free, say that using this pesticide is safe, others in the health field say it’s not. I’m sure in time, the effects will be clear one way or the other, but in the mean time I choose to error on the side of caution for health reasons, but also to spend my money supporting farmers that farm organically and thus improve the quality of the soil and thus quality of the earth. We’re all connected.
Anyway, onto the day-to-day question of what to pack our growing kids.
THE MUST HAVES:
(And scroll down for my favorite lunch-packing materials!!)
- Healthy Fats:
- Vegetables and Fruits:
- Something Fermented:
- Sourdough Bread, Kombucha, Pickles (need to be bought in the refrigerated section to have the beneficial bacteria), Sauerkraut Guacamole, etc.
- Raw Cheese or Whole, Plain Yogurt with a little honey (my kids don’t do well on lots of milk)
- A Treat/Snack:
Raw Cheese, Grass-Fed Beef Stick, Homemade Elderberry Gummies, Bubbies Pickles, Raw Pecans, Dried Strawberries
THE PACKING GOODS:
I try to minimize our waste as a family as much as possible and packing with awesome stainless steel containers and water bottles is one way we do that. I also pack my little Sweet Potato’s lunch in a phylate-free, plastic-free bag with a cute ice-pack.
Stainless-Steel, Dishwasher-Safe Bento 5 Lunch Box from LunchBots.
- Another Stainless-Steel option is the Planet Box Lunch Box, which is more expensive than the LunchBots option, but much better at keeping foods in their respective containers.
- Super adorable insulted lunch bag by Dabbawalla. They are non-toxic, fair-trade (workers earn a fair wage), and machine washable.
- Another option from Dabbawalla.