Ask any Mum one of the joys of school holidays and she’ll no doubt say “I don’t have to pack school lunchboxes, yay!” Of course, if you have one in daycare two days a week and one in vacation care several days a week then you can’t escape it. I’m still yet to decide whether I like getting the days food sorted in the morning and then just handing out lunchboxes or whether I’d rather just hand out food on request.
If my boys ate “normal” amounts of food it wouldn’t be so bad – but look at the picture! And this is only for the boys, I have a daughter as well and she can match them bite for bite if she’s so inclined! What they’ll be like as teenagers scares me but I suspect meals will involve A LOT of pasta.
The two year old’s lunchbox routine is the same no matter what. He has the clear container (top middle) with fruit of various kinds and a yoghurt for morning tea. Lunch is the green container and it’s a sandwich on wholemeal or multigrain (usually raw honey but sometimes Vegemite or peanut butter), some cut up cheese and a banana. Afternoon tea is the blue container with more fruit, cheese and some popcorn in it.
The seven year old has an extra container here, the small blue divided container at the bottom. Normally he’s home for afternoon tea so I don’t need to pack it, it’s different during the holidays. He eats about that amount (1/4 packet of rice crackers, several slices of ham, cheese cubes, sultanas and a banana) anyway. And, yes, he takes two quite decent sized lunchboxes to school every day – one for morning tea and one for lunch. In this picture he’s got a mandarin, a yoghurt, a sandwich and freshly popped popcorn for morning tea, lunch is two pieces of fruit, a sandwich, cheese sticks and ham slices and more popcorn.
The amount of food astonishes me, they even eat more dinner than I do most nights of the week – the exception being when it’s heavy on the vegetables! And yet they’re not at all overweight so I have no idea where it goes. I wish I did… I wish I had the same metabolism! On the upside, they’re not really picky eaters and will give most things a go. Sure, there are things they’re definitely not a fan of but on the whole I’m just happy that they do actually eat the vast amounts of food I pack and it doesn’t all come back to be thrown away!