What to send for school lunches?

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/2004 - 3:25pm
new2PA's picture
Joined: 10/18/2003 - 09:00

My 9 yr old DD will soon be in 4th grade and likes to take her lunch; she only began eating in the lunchroom sometime in 3rd grade. She has always taken PB&J sandwiches (I like PB&J, but day after day after day...after a year or so, it would seem she'd want something else, lol). The school does not have a peanut ban in place, so we've always sent her PB&J sandwiches without a problem. Until DS's diagnosis of PA, I was "unaware" of the peanut issues that PA kids/parents face.

I've always known "about" airborne reactions, but honestly never really thought about me sending her a PB&J sandwich...until DD#2 mentioned a child in her class was PA. I'm obviously not comfortable sending PB&J now, but I am [i]totally[/i] clueless about what else I could send.

When I was a child, my parents sent ham sandwiches, but I'm kinda funny about putting mayo on her sandwiches (not sure if she even likes mayo at this point), and it being unrefridgerated for several hours before she eats it. We usually sent a PB&J sandwich along w/fruit and some crackers or something...she is a healthy eater and the PB was a good decision for her for lunch (or so we thought, lol). She will eat anything that is not nailed down, lol. One of her favorite foods is broccoli, and she'll eat peas and spinach as well. We sent what we thought was a fulfilling lunch, and she still came home starving!

Just wondered if anyone had any ideas on what we could send.

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/2004 - 7:00pm
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

One thought is to try a soy nut butter (or other "butter" product like Sun Butter or a tree nut butter like almond butter if TNA is not a problem). I like SoyNut Butter from I.M. Healthy and they even carry it now in the regular grocery stores here.
Cream cheese and jelly is also a good substitute.
If you search using the term "school lunches" especially in the Schools boards, you will find many creative ideas folks here have thought up, such as cheese and crackers, pasta salads, soup etc... that your dd might like.

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/2004 - 8:53pm
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

My son has been taking Ham and Cheese for a long time or another cold cut sandwhich. It is fine with an ice pack in it. He does have the food allergy so buying is not possibe for him.
Also one thing that they really like in their lunches as a substitute for the sandwhich is Crackers and cheese. I buy the sharp cheese and they love that. I think they tend to get sick of sandwhiches after a while.
It has gotten to the point that once in a while i will send in breakfast for them to have for lunch. i give them KIX cereal and a thermos of milk to make a dish of cereal.
Along with that maybe some yogurt and a couple of cookies and a juice drink.
I like to make their lunches a surprise for them when they open them.
You can even send in just some fruit for lunch somedays.
I found that I just always thought they needed sandwhiches and they were coming home alot not eaten.
You will manage to come up with different things I did. It has been along time and he is going to graduate in June. I have one more year of lunches for him.
good luck CLaire

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/2004 - 10:39pm
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

I usually make picnic plates for my kids (2 and 3) some chunked meat,cheese and veggies in a small plastic bowl. On the rare occasions I do make bread they usually pick out the sandwich filling. There is also a really good recipe for pancakes using rolled oats on the recipe board, my kids like them cold with jelly or with some brown sugar ham wrapped up in them. There's always yogurt, string cheese,pretzels.
You will however probably have to invest in a lunch set that can keep items hot or cold. In the winter you could send soups and maybe a cheese sandwich. Deli wraps are also pretty popular, could even bag all the stuff separately and let them wrap their own.

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/2004 - 10:54pm
kkeene's picture
Joined: 10/20/2003 - 09:00

You can sent soups & stuff in a thermos & even precooked hot dogs in a thermos too.
(then just send a bun & a few rest. packs of ket, must etc..)
For mayo in a sandwich use froozen bread it will be perfect by lunch.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 12:18am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I think everyone has had really good ideas. I have no problem sending mayo - like Claire, I always put in a small ice pack. Another option is to freeze a capri sun - only problem is that it may not be defrosted by lunch time. I even send in egg salad and tuna; no problems at all.
If you don't think your dd likes mayo maybe she would like a cheese sandwhich with margerine? My ds likes those.
It sounds like she is such a good eater that it shouldn't be too hard to come up with stuff.
I send mac and cheese in a thermos sometimes, too.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 2:05am
Anonymous's picture
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Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 8:19am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason (almost 7 and PA/TNA and other allergies) likes to take ham, turkey, salami or jam sandwiches. He also like we send him with leftover ribs, roast chicken or cold pizza.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 12:26pm
new2PA's picture
Joined: 10/18/2003 - 09:00

ATM, thank you al gazillion. I thought there had been a thread about "alternative" lunch ideas. I have talked w/DD and told her I wouldnt be sending peanut butter sandwiches this year, in consideration of other kids with PA (and their parents that have to deal with it, lol!)
Thanks to all for the suggestions!

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/2004 - 3:42am
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Just to add...we got cute ice packs at Wal-mart for a dollar. One is SpongeBob, the other Dora the Explorer. Those with the insulated (soft side) lunch boxes, and I'm comfortable sending sandwiches with mayo. We even do tuna salad sandwiches. Also carrot sticks with a small container of Ranch dressing for dip.
Lori Jo,
Rose, 7-31-02, PA
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/2004 - 6:14am
MimiM's picture
Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

My son's all time favorite mainstay sandwich is creamcheese and jelly. The only thing is that I feel a little guilty (but not that guilty!) giving him that when the other kids are not bringing peanutbutter and jelly because of him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by MimiM (edited July 25, 2004).]


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