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Preschools that provide lunch vs Ones that don’t, which should I choose?

Posted on: September 14, 2012

Being in the education field for over 22 years it still amazes me when I hear a parent base their decision on a preschool by if they serve lunch or not.

I feel I should take some time to express my humble opinion, again it is only my opinion and so it is not an end all.  Life moves at a hectic pace at times and as such we find ourselves with limited time throughout the day and this often trickles down to the mornings…being that we stay up later and hence sleep a little later in an effort to squeeze every drop of sleep we can get out of the night!

Here is my simple solution: “Wake up!” It’s that simple. By waking up even 15 minutes earlier you have all the time you need to prepare a healthy and delicious lunch for your precious little one. I am going to ask you to trust me on this next statement which is “the lunch you can prepare for your child will most of the times be healthier than the cafeteria or the schools provided lunch.” I make this statement based on my 22 years of seeing and tasting these lunches!

I have also seen alot of waste from food programs. The thing is wether or not your child eats bread, for example, if the food programs serves bread they still have to place it on your child’s plate. If it is not eaten then it is thrown away. This always saddens me; to see such waste.

This leads me to why you should prepare your child’s lunch:

1. You know what foods your child enjoys (not just eat, but enjoys).
2. Your lunch will be by far a healthier choice than any food program out there!
3. Less chance of an allergic reaction.
4. Helps build their individuality and offers opportunity for exploration through sharing.
5. Helps to create that parent child bond and allows you to stick little happy messages inside the lunch box .
6. If you allow your child to participate in the preparation, the more likely they are to eat it all.
7. Less waste.
8. It tastes better!

Now that I have shared my outlook on lunch preparation and it’s benefits, let me give you a couple of great lunch ideas that can be ready in those 15-20 minutes in which you woke up earlier…( you are going to wake up earlier right..?)

Idea 1: Cream Cheese & Jelly Sandwich (5 Mins)
This cream cheese and jelly sandwich is perfect for school lunches. It doesn’t get soggy, and kids love this unique sandwich. Just be sure to pack a cold pack, so the cream cheese stays fresh.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
• 2 rice cakes (any flavor)
• 2 Tbsp. whipped cream cheese (it’s easier to spread than regular cream cheese)
• 2 Tbsp. strawberry jelly
1. Spread one tablespoon of cream cheese on each rice cake.
2. Top with one tablespoon, each, of jelly.
3. Put the sandwich together, with the jelly sides facing each other.
Serve immediately or pack for lunch!

Idea 2: Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches (15 mins)
This updated Parmesan Tuna Sandwich spread is full of fresh flavor. You could make this with canned salmon or chicken too.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
• 12 oz. can chunk tuna, drained
• 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 2 Tbsp. sour cream
• 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
• dash pepper

In small bowl, combine cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, and basil leaves and blend well. Add to tuna to mixture and blend. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Idea 3: Easy Cheesy Quesadilla (10 mins)
Looking for a kids snack that packs a nutritional punch while pleasing a crowd and their individual tastes? Not only are quesadillas easy to make, but you can add any number of alternate ingredients to accommodate the palates of everyone. The basic recipe is below, but you can add just about anything to cheese quesadillas including: cooked ground beef, cooked chicken, bell peppers, olives, cooked salmon, chopped tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, corn, beans, celery and more. Have fun experimenting to see what the whole family likes. And if quesadillas go over well as a kids snack, next time serve them for dinner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
• 2 large tortillas, any variety
• 1 cup shredded cheese — traditionally cheddar is used, but any kind is fine
• butter or margarine
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Lightly spread the butter or margarine on one side of each tortilla. Sprinkle the cheese and any other ingredients on top of the non-buttered side of the tortilla. Cover with the second tortilla so both buttered sides are facing out. Carefully put the quesadilla into the pan. Cook until the tortilla is lightly brown and then flip. Cook until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately on a plate and cut into four wedges or pack for lunch. Serve with sour cream, salsa and/or guacamole. Note: Any proteins you add to the quesadilla should be fully cooked before you add it in.

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Keep giving your child the healthy choice.


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