My husband and I like to take credit for her healthy habits and wide-ranging palate, but we realize that we did luck out with Lila. We know parents who struggle with picky eaters despite their best efforts of exposing their children to a variety of healthy foods. However, a problem does exist in our country that the typical kids' food is fast food. We truly need a revolution to change the food that is being marketed and offered to our kids. Two moms started Revolution Foods "to transform the way America eats by providing access to healthy, affordable meals to schools." Fed up with lunch, children's food activists are popping up all over-- Mrs. Q, a teacher at an urban school, ate the school lunch with her students every day and documented it to show the reality of what makes up the majority of our kids' diets. I noticed a refreshing effort on our school's latest menu, highlighting that they are offering fresh, local fruit and veggies. YAY!
At a parent's night at school, a mom came up to me and said "I just love the lunches you pack for Lila." So, echoing Ellyn's school lunch post from 2012 (which gave great examples of colorful, healthy lunches), I thought I'd give a peak of what's in Lila's lunchbox. Perhaps it can provide some helpful examples of healthy options outside of the kids' meal norm.
As far as it being cheaper to order the kids' meal (which I often hear), each of the lunches below are made with mostly organic ingredients and are between $4.00-$8.00!
Happy eating! -Tara
|Hard Boiled Egg Whites, Organic Peach, |
Garden Salad made from Local Ingredients, Triscuit Crackers
|Organic Black Beans, Star Fruit, Stone Ground Corn Tortilla Chips, |
Olives, Locally Grown Tomato and Green Peppers.
|Organic Yogurt, Graham Crackers, Local Raw Veggies, Organic Blueberries|
|Brown Rice Cucumber Rolls, Local Raw Veggies, Roasted Seaweed Snack, |
Unsweetened Pear Sauce, Miso Soup
|Turkey Chili, Stone Ground Tortilla Chips, Oranges, and |
Locally Grown Raw Cauliflower.