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Help! Really Appreciated. Kinder Lunches

Posted by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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My daughter recently got accepted to a full-day kindergarten school.


My daughter doesn't eat much to begin with, but I do make sure she has a big breakfast before school.


Yesterday was her first day, I packed her mac n' cheese, as well as cheese and crackers with a bottle of water.


When I came to pick her up, the teacher was very displeased with me and said Lauren needed more food as she is there the whole day. ( She didn't even finish the lunch I packed for her)


I of course apologized, since this is my first child in a full-day kinder program.( My son who is in grade 3 seems fine with his lunch )


Today I packed her two separate containers of grapes and carrots, as well as her fave mac n' cheese, and a bottle of water.


She again was displeased with me as she went through Lauren's bag to ensure she had adequate lunch.


I'm at a loss what to pack her, I've seen what other mothers have packed their children, and it just seems excessive, again, my daughter doesn't eat much.


Thoughts? Without breaking the bank? And am I packing too little?


EDIT : 

I'm so limited on what to pack her, since those lunchable snack boxes are not allowed in her school, as well as cakes,cookies, anything with chocolate, and most granolas. Everything packed must be "litterless" as well. No food in wrappers.


** and of course the classic PB&J and anything nut related are not allowed.


EDIT 2:

She came home, and half of her mac n cheese was left, as well as her grapes.


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squishylove
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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I always pack my 4 yr old the "traditional" lunch and what she doesn't eat the teacher just puts back in her lunch box and she brings home.
A sandwich - either turkey and cheese or pb&j.
Some crackers or chips or pretzels
A fruit (usually grapes or apple slices) or box of raisins or carrot sticks
And a "dessert" - cereal bar, fig newtons, something like that

Also if you let her pick what goes in her lunch she will probably be more likely to eat it. Give her the options set out on the counter and let her pick 4 or 5 things to put in her lunch.
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squishylove
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM
Oh and to answer you, yes I think what you're packing is too little. The school day is long and since she's active all day, she might eat more than if she was just at home.
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VictoriousTory
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Maybe she is seeing those things as sides and not a "complete" lunch? Throw in a half a sandwhich or something... or get some little packs of goldfish or granola or something... so she has stuff for "snacks". I dunno? Good luck!!! 

haydensmom4610
by Jess on May. 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I don't have a kindergartener, but my little sister is in kindergarten. She is a finicky eater as well. My mom packs her a lot of different choices just in case she isn't in the mood for whatever she has packed that day. A typical lunch for her would be a sandwhich, fruit, a cheese stick, pretzels, yougurt, and a little treat like a cookie or something. And she buys her milk at the school..so even if she just takes a couple bites of everything at least she is full, kwim?

cmeeso
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Oh, she is the one that picks the things for her lunch, but I get what you're saying.

Yesterday she didn't even finish her lunch and I asked her why, and she said she wan't that hungry.

I guess, I'll add in cheese and crackers to that mix. She's not much on sandwiches and shes a very petite little girl. She's smaller than the average 4 year old.

Quoting squishylove:

Oh and to answer you, yes I think what you're packing is too little. The school day is long and since she's active all day, she might eat more than if she was just at home.


cmeeso
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

She's not much of a sandwich eater, she was in a half-day program and those were never eaten.


I was just used to her half-day program since they said not to pack too big of a lunch.

Granola's, chocolate or anything of that sort are not allowed in the school, which is why I've stuck to cheese,crackers,fruit, and veggies, I will look for other options though.

Quoting VictoriousTory:

Maybe she is seeing those things as sides and not a "complete" lunch? Throw in a half a sandwhich or something... or get some little packs of goldfish or granola or something... so she has stuff for "snacks". I dunno? Good luck!!! 


2lilcowoboys
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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Im with you op. my kids are in prek and kinder. they don't eat much either. Our prek teachers will heat up lunches so he gets a
mac n cheese or ravioli or nuggent lunchable
a little single serve pringles
For snack its a fruit and capri sun

kinder the don't heat up so if the school isn't having baked potatoes or pizza he gets
One of the lunchables w a snack and drink in the box and a bag of chips for snack his teacher will heat up so he gets a bag of popcorn and a gatorade

my kids do not like cold type foods or sandwiches so its really hard because i can't afford to drive to school to bring him a hot lunch every day
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cmeeso
by on May. 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM


:)


If I could get my daughter to eat sandwiches, I would definitely add that to the above list of what I already pack her. But she is a picky eater, and some of the food she does consume in large amounts are not school lunch friendly.


I'm so limited on what to pack her, since those lunchable snack boxes are not allowed in her school, as well as cakes,cookies, anything with chocolate, and most granolas. Everything packed must be "litterless" as well. No food in wrappers.


** and of course the classic PB&J and anything nut related.



Quoting 2lilcowoboys:

Im with you op. my kids are in prek and kinder. they don't eat much either. Our prek teachers will heat up lunches so he gets a
mac n cheese or ravioli or nuggent lunchable
a little single serve pringles
For snack its a fruit and capri sun

kinder the don't heat up so if the school isn't having baked potatoes or pizza he gets
One of the lunchables w a snack and drink in the box and a bag of chips for snack his teacher will heat up so he gets a bag of popcorn and a gatorade

my kids do not like cold type foods or sandwiches so its really hard because i can't afford to drive to school to bring him a hot lunch every day


MommaOfThree789
by on May. 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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I'm at a loss as well. My DD is starting full day in the fall and her school gave me a list of what was allowed and what wasn't. She has to have 100% juice, which isn't an issue. They are not allowed to have lunchables and everything has to be packed in a brown bag. My DD is also picky and normally grazes through out the day. So in her LUNCHBOX (I'm letting her take a lunch box as I think throwing a brown bag away everyday is wasteful) my ideas are:

Ravilolis in a thermos, grapes, gummy snacks (taken out of the package and put in a different container), grackers and a capri sun.

Half a tuna sandwich, soup in a thermos, crackers, peanut butter cookies (since no chocolate), fruit and a capri sun.

Whole chicken salad sandwich, grapes, carrots, crackers and capri sun.

We got her a thermos so the ideas are endless. She can take left overs from dinner with other sides. So, maybe invest in one of those.


Quoting cmeeso:


:)


If I could get my daughter to eat sandwiches, I would definitely add that to the above list of what I already pack her. But she is a picky eater, and some of the food she does consume in large amounts are not school lunch friendly.


I'm so limited on what to pack her, since those lunchable snack boxes are not allowed in her school, as well as cakes,cookies, anything with chocolate, and most granolas. Everything packed must be "litterless" as well. No food in wrappers.



Quoting 2lilcowoboys:

Im with you op. my kids are in prek and kinder. they don't eat much either. Our prek teachers will heat up lunches so he gets a
mac n cheese or ravioli or nuggent lunchable
a little single serve pringles
For snack its a fruit and capri sun

kinder the don't heat up so if the school isn't having baked potatoes or pizza he gets
One of the lunchables w a snack and drink in the box and a bag of chips for snack his teacher will heat up so he gets a bag of popcorn and a gatorade

my kids do not like cold type foods or sandwiches so its really hard because i can't afford to drive to school to bring him a hot lunch every day



cmeeso
by on May. 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Thank you for your response.

It is definitely hard packing a lunch when there are so much limitations. My DD packs everything in her lunch box as well.


I wish I could pack tuna and anything peanut butter as well. But there are allergies in her class that specifically say no tuna, and anything with nuts its just a big no-no in the school.


A thermos though, would probably be the smartest solution for me, I can pack the "asian meals" she loves at home.

Quoting MommaOfThree789:

I'm at a loss as well. My DD is starting full day in the fall and her school gave me a list of what was allowed and what wasn't. She has to have 100% juice, which isn't an issue. They are not allowed to have lunchables and everything has to be packed in a brown bag. My DD is also picky and normally grazes through out the day. So in her LUNCHBOX (I'm letting her take a lunch box as I think throwing a brown bag away everyday is wasteful) my ideas are:

Ravilolis in a thermos, grapes, gummy snacks (taken out of the package and put in a different container), grackers and a capri sun.

Half a tuna sandwich, soup in a thermos, crackers, peanut butter cookies (since no chocolate), fruit and a capri sun.

Whole chicken salad sandwich, grapes, carrots, crackers and capri sun.

We got her a thermos so the ideas are endless. She can take left overs from dinner with other sides. So, maybe invest in one of those.


Quoting cmeeso:


:)


If I could get my daughter to eat sandwiches, I would definitely add that to the above list of what I already pack her. But she is a picky eater, and some of the food she does consume in large amounts are not school lunch friendly.


I'm so limited on what to pack her, since those lunchable snack boxes are not allowed in her school, as well as cakes,cookies, anything with chocolate, and most granolas. Everything packed must be "litterless" as well. No food in wrappers.



Quoting 2lilcowoboys:

Im with you op. my kids are in prek and kinder. they don't eat much either. Our prek teachers will heat up lunches so he gets a
mac n cheese or ravioli or nuggent lunchable
a little single serve pringles
For snack its a fruit and capri sun

kinder the don't heat up so if the school isn't having baked potatoes or pizza he gets
One of the lunchables w a snack and drink in the box and a bag of chips for snack his teacher will heat up so he gets a bag of popcorn and a gatorade

my kids do not like cold type foods or sandwiches so its really hard because i can't afford to drive to school to bring him a hot lunch every day




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