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April 11, 2010

Lunch Box Ideas Are Getting Slim!

481427_fruit_face My daughter announced this week that she is tired of the lunches I pack. I can't imagine why! She has basically taken the same lunch for her entire elementary years – Gogurt, apple sauce, granola bar, and maybe some carrots thrown in for good measure.

My daughter eats fruits and vegetables well. She sometimes claims she is a vegetarian. That is until she wants a hamburger. Breakfast for the last two years, has been a blueberry bagel with cream cheese. Now, she wants sugary cereal.

I have always thought my daughter's eating habits were peculiar. That is until I talk with other parents. It seems all children have their own special eating quirts. I am told that if a child eats more that 20 different foods, parents shouldn't worry.

My child will eat: clam chowder, grilled cheese, pasta with white sauce, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, peas, broccoli, corn, squash, apples, kiwi, bananas, grapes, mangoes, microwave macaroni, fast-food chicken nuggets, pepperoni pizza, French fries, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate cake.

Whew! That's over 20. I guess she is eating okay. But a child that has never eaten a warm slice of pie with whipped cream. What's with that?

She started eating sandwiches last year, but won't eat them in a packed lunch – says they get too soggy. She recently discovered that jelly on a piece of toast is great! But once she starts eating an item, it has to be prepared EXACTLY the same way as the first time. Any slight variations aren't “regular.” Hence, microwaveable macaroni made with artificial cheese is preferred over baked macaroni with real cheese.

My daughter is also a grazer. From the minute she gets home from school until she goes to bed, she is snacking. The pediatrician lectures me every year about not allowing children to eat between meals. Yeah, right! I just try to have a few healthy snacks around to supplement the junk.

The other morning we argued about lunches, when she announced that the year-long Lunchables were no longer acceptable.

Me: Then what do you want packed in your lunch?

Daughter: Cheetos! Why don't you ever buy Cheetos? Most kids have chips in their lunch!

Me: But, Cheetos aren't lunch. That's a snack food.

Daughter: Cheetos, apple sauce and Gogurt.

Me: But those are all snacks.

Daughter: How about a sandwich?

Me: But, you said sandwiches get too soggy.

Daughter: I'll eat a peanut butter sandwich.

Me: You haven't before when I packed it.

Daughter: I will now.

When I unpacked her lunch box at the end of the day, only two bites had been eaten out of her sandwich.

Me: Why didn't you eat your peanut butter sandwich?

Daughter: You put jelly on it.

How could I forgotten - jelly only on toast! I think it is time she packed her own lunch!

This is an original 50-something moms blog post. When Debbie isn't packing lunches, she also blogs at Diaries of an Older Mom