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I have three kids who want a lunch at school everyday. Together with morning being the customary train wreck until everybody gets out the door, I rejoice when the kids opt for a school”hot lunch” as it means less work, confusion, and commotion in the morning. “Sexy lunch” - it sounds healthy, but once I began digging into the menus it’s not quite as healthy as it seems. In reality they tend to be high in fat, calories, and not particularly healthy.

Almost any lunch I would ever envision making is fitter than the normal school lunch! Nonetheless, Ice packs for lunch box love”deep fried cheese sticks” and breaded and fried then rewarmed balls of chicken like substance, so I still allow them to have the occasional school lunch. But at least a few days per week, we opt for a much healthier choice and earn lunch at home. We try to incorporate a main route like a soup or sandwich, a snack like crackers or pretzels, and at least one serving of fruits or vegetables.

My 2nd and 4th graders may also make lunch themselves, even though they need some supervision. I’ve learned pretty fast that they will need to enjoy the lunch that they package or it’s likely to come home mainly uneaten, perhaps complemented by less healthy snack machine or other choices.

It is more work, however once we pack a lunch they eat healthier and often happier as they get to select what they bring for lunch, with just a little parental supervision of course.