Did you hear about the Child Nutrition Act? Every five years, it gets an overhaul and this year, President Obama requested that 10 billion dollars be allocated over the next ten years to improve our garish school lunches, but the program won’t get nearly that much. Check out this article about how Chef Jose Andres feels about the whole thing.
Meanwhile, I suggest sending your child to school with a good ol’ brown bag of goodies rather than subjecting them to the food we commonly know as “school lunch.”
Here are five really practicalways to make brown baggin’ it a little easier:
- Use leftovers as much as possible. I like to use dinner from the night before for lunch the next day. That way I don’t have to do any more work.
- Use these great reusable sandwich bags. They’re safer for your kid’s health, more economical, and better for the environment.
- Always add a piece of fruit and a veggie. This rounds the meal out, fills your kids up and helps ensure they’re getting their fruits and veggies.
- Make it a part of your kids’ jobs/chores/responsibilities to make their own lunch the day before. You’ll get them in the kitchen and you’ve delegated out one more job.
- Nut butter and jelly or honey sandwiches freeze really well. Make several on a Saturday and freeze them for those days when you don’t wake up in time!