Get Ready for School Lunch!

{Parker’s school lunch: coconut flour crepe wrap with Adams peanut butter and grape jam, natural applesauce, string cheese, celery, apple-flavored Izze, and Lifeway Kefir with probiotics + Sucraid, Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power and Sunshine Heroes Papayazyme, and Nature’s Sunshine Food Enzymes}

What a summer this has been! After working away from home for the first time in eleven years, I found keeping Parker’s diet under control a bit challenging. However, at least I could control what food he had access to in the home. He did quiet well maintaining his weight also. After visiting with the dietitian back in May, we realized his lack of energy could have been low blood-sugar instead of excess carbs. So for the summer, I emphasized the need for him to eat every two hours and provided plenty of snack options for him.

Next week, he starts 3rd grade at a new elementary school. I am determined not to give-in to the school lunch program and to provide his lunches all year as well as snack food. Last year he had lunch at 11:30am and did not have another chance to eat until 4pm. He was often very tired when he got home from school and homework was extremely difficult for him.

I am planning on taking work of for his first day of school so that I can make sure his teacher understands his dietary restrictions as well as his need to eat often to maintain his blood sugar. Click HERE for copies of my school health plan worksheets, which provide detailed information about CSID, dietary restrictions and reference to Sucraid if applicable. You can also e-mail me if you would like PDF files to forward to school nurses or for your own records.

Most of the food I plan on making for Parker is not complicated. As a result, you will find very few posts here that are labeled “lunch.” Like many of you, I do not have unlimited resources of money and time, so my lunch ideas tend to be inexpensive and easy. Aside from cooking crepes, muffins or cookies, and making a batch of gelatin blocks each week, the other items are basic.

Other boxed or school lunch foods:

  • string cheese
  • hard boiled eggs
  • cooked chicken breast strips
  • peeled, sliced cucumber
  • peeled, sliced raw zucchini
  • sugar-snap peas
  • sliced tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • fresh blueberries, strawberries or raspberries
  • homemade fruit leather (strawberry, apple or grape)
  • apple slices with peanut butter or almond butter
  • celery with cream cheese or peanut butter (no sugar added, Group C- contains starch), and raisins (Group C only)
  • slightly cooked baby carrots (Sucraid recommended)
  • Natural applesauce cup (no sugar added)
  • crepes rolled with cooked sliced turkey, cream cheese and spinach (add strawberries or  agave-sweetened cooked cranberries for a sweet surprise)
  • crepes rolled with almond butter or unsweetened peanut butter (Group C-Starch okay), and mashed raspberries or strawberries
  • cottage cheese with sliced banana, honey and cinnamon (strawberries work nicely too)
  • 100% apple juice or grape juice boxes
  • Zevia (Stevia sweetened carbonated drinks… a great treat when he has been doing good eating all his lunch…. avoid flavors that include caffeine)
  • Izzie (fruit juice sweetened carbonated drinks that Costco now sells in cases of small cans… some flavors may require Sucraid)
  • Lifeway Kefir (great protein source with probiotics, also available in lactose-free varieties)
Each lunch should provide at least one fruit, one vegetable, a protein source and a carbohydrate source. All dairy products should be whole milk, 4% or 2%— whatever has the most calories. Avoid low-fat, sugar-free labels as they will have less calories. CSID children tend to require more calories since the typical calorie source (carbohydrates from starch or sugar) is limited. If you have the option of providing Sucraid at school, you can also include additional fruit sources such as peaches, pears, ripe bananas, etc. If starch is tolerated, consider included sprouted grain breads or tortillas, puddings, flat bread for sandwiches and additional starchy vegetables or legumes such as cooked butternut squash, peas, and peanut butter.
Please comment or send me an e-mail with your own school lunch ideas and I will include them in a future post.

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