Child’s Play.

Christmas Vacation ends today.
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Now it’s teachers.
Now it’s books.
Now it’s stinky school lunch cooks.

Blech.

Do you smirk at school lunch as I do?

Months ago I wrote an article for Pikes Peak Parent focusing on healthy eating options available to kids during the school hours. Before writing the article, I thought it was a rather overdone subject. Wah, the vending machines. Wah, the soda machines. Wah, the fake cheese on the pizza. This is the new century, surely schools have already addressed these issues and remedied them, right?

I was astonished to discover that–while there are oodles of rules in place–there are still more than enough cuckoo-for-cocoa-crap choices offered for our chillens to stuff into their cute faces.
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Add to the lack of fresh, healthy school lunch foods my desire to never eat the same thing twice, and putting together daily brown bags has become, for me, a passion. An art. A life achievement.
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Think Rembrandt meets Wolfgang Puck in the street and they put together a little sumthin-sumthin’ for Punky Brewster.
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This Week
the kids will be toting
European Bread stuffed with Salami & Havarti cheese
as inspired by our
Danish exchange students from years past.
It’s simple and quick and doesn’t require the addition of mayo
{which is a good. good. good thing.}
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What else?
Tell me how you make your kids lunches
unboring & un-unhealthy
OR
Sound off with your good-natured griping
RE:school lunch chik’n nuggies,
cheese pizzer & other such delights.

And know you’re not alone.
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5 Responses to “Child’s Play.”

  1. 1

    Lisa on January 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm Reply

    I love the lunch bags. Good sandwich.

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    KDLOST on January 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm Reply

    This is both precious and scrumptious. :)

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    Debbie Y. on January 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I’ll take one of your brown bag lunches anytime anywhere.

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    Jaime on January 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm Reply

    A lot of mornings I don’t pack a sandwich. (What, and you call yourself sophisticated!!!???) Usually if I pack one, Stu will eat it, but leave his apple, or orange, or whatever else is the most pure and healthy. There’s simply not enough time to chew through all that food in 15 seconds . . . oh, wait,do they give them 15 minutes? Silly me, I thought they didn’t have much time for lunch. Fifteen minutes is enough for ANYONE! If I want to send him with something non-vegan and acceptably American, I will pack him some triscuits and cheese. That way, he has time to eat them and the fruit.

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    Becki Madsen on January 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I usually send little notes of encouragement in my kids lunches, sometimes jokes sometimes love letters all in all, it is something they look forward to.

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