School Lunches Are Going To Be The Death Of Me
I have totally taken for granted how great it’s been to have someone else make my child’s ‘school’ lunch for the last 3 years while she’s been at daycare. I have also taken for granted how the power of peers all eating the same thing helped influence my child to eat things she would normally wrinkle her nose at and refuse at home or anywhere else for that matter.
Well, those golden days are over my friend.
Now I’m having better luck filling my green bin than I am my child’s belly at lunch and it’s making me crazy!
Another week of kindergarten looms, and yet again, I have put things in her lunch that most certainly will be returned to me, hours out of the fridge, uneaten and now inedible. And like every other night this has happened since she started school, I will want to tear my hair out.
This kid is eating nothing! I seriously have no idea how she isn’t starving. One day last week she came home after only eating a yogurt tube and half a bagel. ALL DAY. The other things in her lunch were entirely non-offensive; cheddar cheese and crackers (a favourite snack at home) carrots and hummus (the only veg she will eat and the only way she will eat it), and apple sauce. Oh, and I made her a smoothie, (banana, strawberry, OJ and yogurt) that I thought would be a hit. The first thing she said when I picked her up that day? “Mommy, what was that gross thing that you put in my cup.” So offended was she, that she spilled it out and rinsed out her cup. She never does that when I fill it with milk. She REALLY didn’t like that smoothie.
I’ve tried to ignore the pintresty bentos I see pictures off all over social media that I aimed to provide. My kid is picky at the best of times. At school she seems to not even like the things she likes! At this point I’ll give her Dora noodles if she’ll actually eat it. Some food is better than none, literally.
I am not giving up, but the effort is going to kill me. It doesn’t help that my child is offended by things that grow on trees or bushes or in the ground. At least at daycare she’d have something nourishing for lunch. Now I’m throwing out the plums she claimed she loved eating at daycare.
On Friday I made Triple Hitter muffins. What better way to get veg in a kid than by hiding it in sugar and flour? I picked her up after school, all proud of my healthy muffins that would trick her into eating carrots and zucchini. And it worked! I even got a “this is yummy mommy. Good job!” So I gave her the same ‘treat’ on Saturday. She ate half of it.
By this morning, when she saw it in her lunch, she said “I don’t like that. I’m not going to eat that.” I left it in there. I’m sure it will come home. Cue pulling out my hair.
Today’s ‘hide the healthy’ baking effort will be banana bread. She’ll eat that. I’ll make a healthy version but let’s face it, it’s only slightly healthier than regular cake. But, again, It’s better than nothing. Literally.
I feel so jealous when I see moms post pictures of their fancy lunches, filled with an assortment of healthy food and snacks. Back in my day, I ate PB&J and a green apple every single day. But gone are the days of peanut butter sandwiches, and kid won’t eat an apple. What kid doesn’t like apples?
So I will continue to fill her lunch bag with things she may or may not eat hoping to find her PBJ/apple equivalent. And when I find that magic combo, it will likely be her lunch until she graduates high school.