I really strive to feed my daughter the best, healthiest ingredients. Time is scarce now-a-days and food preparation is slowly becoming non-existent. Between work, school, and the regular day-to-day, I find myself falling into these meal ruts. I’m almost sure that day care is going to call child services on us if we show up with macaroni and cheese another day. Lately my Daughter’s regular school lunch has been the following:
I’m not even eating this food and I’m sick of it. I originally started making macaroni and cheese for her when she transitioned from the Infant Room to the Young Toddler room. She was struggling to transition and expressed it by not eating at lunch time so I did my best to pack appealing foods to try and get SOMETHING in her belly. It just became so easy. So I kept doing it…and doing it…
I feel like I’m letting her down by not expressing my creativity with her lunches and packing something that is more nutritious and dynamic. More dynamic than switching from peace, pasta, and Parmesan to Bernie’s farm mac n’ cheese shapes. Keep in mind, she is in day care- so no nuts or peanut butter. I hesitate to give her raw veggies in case her teachers aren't standing directly in her face reminding her to "chew-chew". And no popcorn- I have a fear of kernels getting stuck in her teeth and causing major dental issues (just me?!). I've been doing some research to try and switch things up and here is what I found:
There are many more options than the above mentioned ideas. Such a simple thing, just by googling healthy lunches and browsing on pinterest can snap you out of your rut and spark your creative food planning again. As always- whatever is the healthiest, most convenient, easiest option- sign me up!
Just keep swimming...
What do you like to pack in your kids' lunches? Let me know in the comments below!
Working full time, going to school, being a mom and wife- it’s difficult to juggle most of the time. People are always so amazed at how I “always get it done”. Let me tell you, I’m not quite sure how I manage everything. It’s true what they say, you make it work. Here’s how a typical week day goes for me:
**assuming baby slept through the night**
**on school days, this is when I would drive ~4 hours, roundtrip, to class and Husband picks up baby, I get home around 11 pm and re-stock diaper bag/lunchbox for next day**
This description is not as simple and straight forward as it seems. There are dogs, sickness, travel, appointments, and just life in general that is all weaved in and out of this depending on the day. I actually have to remind myself to feed ME and pack for ME (crazy!). It’s exhausting, but rewarding! How do I keep it all together (haha)? I created this simple planner. It helps keep me focused throughout the day.
Some days it feels like everything is slipping away from my finger-tips and I am on the verge of losing all control- dramatic, I know. Stating 1 thing that I am grateful for each day helps keep me grounded, even if it is so minute. Concentrating on 3 goals for each day is another way of staying afloat. Again, these can be minute things, but it keeps your eye on the prize and leaves you with a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Let’s face it, some days it feels like it's Life-1, Mom-0…
Remember, you are doing great! Find a strategy that works best for you and your life and share it in the comments below!
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