Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Lunch

(Scroll down to skip soapbox and get right to the food.)

Yesterday's peanut butter pasta was a big hit with both kids. Bayberry ate it on the way to the emergency room -- she got dizzy, fell, and hit her head on her locker at school, so we went in to get her examined. The CT scan came back clear, and her blood work was perfect, so they sent us home and told us to contact a neurologist. He can't see us until November 2nd. So we wait.

Nutrition is, in my opinion, wonderful medicine. I can't cure whatever is ailing Bayberry, but I can give her the best nutrition I know how, pumping her full of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, good protein, and carbohydrates. That's what I aim to do in my children's lunch boxes: arm them with daily doses of health (with a dash of junkiness thrown in now and then for balance, because all work and no play makes Bento a dull box).

I wonder to myself what people are hoping to achieve when they sent their children to school with a Lunchables for their meals. One of the kids in my daughter's lunchroom takes the same lunch every day, and trades up for healthier items. She takes an Uncrustable, a bag of chips, a bag of cookies, and a Hi-C "juice" box. Never any fruits or vegetables. Never any whole grains. Never any fiber. Never any calcium. Of course, her family could be making up for this deficit at breakfast and dinner. I simply don't know. Odds are, though, that they aren't. Probably, it's cold cereal and milk for breakfast every morning and something fast for dinner, such as Hamburger Helper, or a frozen entree.

Are we too busy? Are we too programmed from commercial television? Are we unaware of the current health climate? I don't know what the problem is, or how to fix it for anyone except my own family. All I know is that my lunches are healthier, cheaper, and almost as simple to prepare.

/end soapbox

Today's Lunch: Peanut butter & banana sandwich on WhiteWheat bread; cucumber rounds; Campari tomato for Bayberry; strawberries & cream; low-fat cheese crackers. Fancy has a spider pick for fun.


  1. I hope she's feeling better today.

  2. Looks gorgeous as always...but Im STILL waiting on my link to that red bento box you say you got on amazon! * impaitently tapping foot ;)*JK

  3. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XJUEVI/ref=oss_product

    There it is. :)

  4. I work in a preschool and it is always interesting to me to see what the mom's send in for lunch. It is also interesting to see how it affects the kids behavior about a half hour or so after they eat it.
    Keep up the good work. Love the colorful veggies.

  5. Poor Bayberry! Hope she feels better soon and that her Nov. neurologist appt. goes well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her.

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