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Food "nuts" and then the opposite camp...come in.

OK, just came across this on Pinterest. I want to know your first reaction to these lunches. Lunches for a boy, from both his Kindergarten and 1st grade year. The pictures tell you what each thing is if you hover over the box.

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Re: Food "nuts" and then the opposite camp...come in.

  • OK, other people look! I really want to know what people think!

     

     

     

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  • I volunteered in DS1's kindergarten classroom during the past year. Looks infinitely better than 90% of their lunches.

    I cringe to see things like Doritos and that much juice... but from the kindergarten lunches I've seen, these ones look pretty good. 


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  • To me it looks fine.  I think juice once a day is NBD.  
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  • I'm amazed at the amount of sugar in them. Like cookies for snack, separate dessert at lunch, multiple kinds of fruit and juice all in one lunch box.
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  • My first reaction is this mom seriously needs a life. Not to be mean, I can see taking a pic every once in a while if I went to this much trouble, but every freaking day???

    Second reaction, this is a serious AW.

     Third reaction, juice every day???

    Final reaction, that is a crapload of processed sugar every day.

    The end. 

    ETA: I am a picky parent, but not one to freak out about things like goldfish, though we do bunnies at home. We do not do juice for the simple reason Amy posted in the earlier thread, she love water why spoil it? 

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  • I need to pack DD's lunches next year. I don't plan to send juice every day, or really ever. We don't normally buy it, not because I'm completely against it but if she drinks water then why mess with it? I plan to send milk. It otherwise seems random but decent.
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    My first reaction is this mom seriously needs a life. Not to be mean, I can see taking a pic every once in a while if I went to this much trouble, but every freaking day???

    Second reaction, this is a serious AW.

     Third reaction, juice every day???

    Final reaction, that is a crapload of processed sugar every day.

    The end. 

    Well, when I was making bentos for DD I got a little obsessed with the pictures. 

    But yes, your 3rd and 4th reactions were what I was thinking.  

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  • image KateMW:
    image TheGriffs:

    My first reaction is this mom seriously needs a life. Not to be mean, I can see taking a pic every once in a while if I went to this much trouble, but every freaking day???

    Second reaction, this is a serious AW.

     Third reaction, juice every day???

    Final reaction, that is a crapload of processed sugar every day.

    The end. 

    Well, when I was making bentos for DD I got a little obsessed with the pictures. 

    But yes, your 3rd and 4th reactions were what I was thinking.  

    I haven't done bentos, I think they're really cute. I just think 2 years of pics is overkill. I think she's using organic without thinking about what's still in it all, i.e. sugar. 

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  • The picture I'm on right now has...

    Caramel rice cakes 

    Marshmallows

    Animal Crackers

    Good and Plenty

    Yogurt with granola topping

    Strawberries and pineapple

    Bottle of juice

    plus 1 small part of the lunch box filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes/peppers and two cubes of cheese. 

     

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  • image I Heart The 80s:
    I'm chuckling at the huge close ups of the organic stuff. She sure wants people to know about the organic stuff! My DD is so picky, I just send a sandwich, fruit and yogurt. Then I hope for the best!

    I was thinking the same. But it doesn't seem like organic is truly important to her when I see the amounts of processed crap and giant bottles of juice.
    FWIW, I do like the Bento box idea. It's fun. This is just overkill though. I've seen cute Bento box lunches, and these weren't cute at all.

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  • image KateMW:

    The picture I'm on right now has...

    Caramel rice cakes 

    Marshmallows

    Animal Crackers

    Good and Plenty

    Yogurt with granola topping

    Strawberries and pineapple

    Bottle of juice

    plus 1 small part of the lunch box filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes/peppers and two cubes of cheese. 

     

    The last part is good and the fruit. I can even get behind one of those treats. I mean, I pack my own DD the graham bunny crackers sometimes. I think there needs to be some kind of whole grain cracker in there or something. She does do crackers pretty often. 

    Also, I am fascinated with this now... 

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  • There's just too much sh!t out of a package in these lunches.


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  • image KateMW:
    The picture I'm on right now has...Caramel rice cakesnbsp;MarshmallowsAnimal CrackersGood and PlentyYogurt with granola toppingStrawberries and pineappleBottle of juiceplus 1 small part of the lunch box filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes/peppers and two cubes of cheese.nbsp;nbsp;

    So she probably has a hundred pound seven year old who bounces off the damn ceilings. How can anyone think a little kid needs that damn much sugar?!

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  • I'll be honest, a lot of it is not what I feed my kid on the reg (or, ever), but I know it's a whole hell of a lot better than what a lot of other kids are eating.
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  • Yea, that's a lot of processed stuff that I wouldn't pack in DD's lunch. But also, when I think back to my lunches as a kid, I often had juice, a yogurt cup, maybe some fruit snacks... pretty much like these lunches. I'm actually surprised at the stuff my mom used to buy. But our meals at home were always super healthy so I think it all sort of balanced out. And I guess I turned out alright - no weight issues, no health issues, good relationship with food. And I don't mean that as a way to argue that these lunches are ok - just matter of fact. I do have quite a sweet tooth though. I'm pretty sure at some point I also got sugar water in the bottle when I was a baby. LOL.

    ETA: Holy hell - this is for a kindergartner? He must be bouncing off the walls with all that juice (and other stuff). Or constantly asking teacher to use the potty.

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  • I can't get passed the juice. My kids take bottled water and I consider myself pretty lax.
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    That woman needs a hobby.

    I think this is it.

  • Some of those lunches seem huge for a kinder kid. Or I am not feeding my kid enough. DDs lunch is usually Greek yogurt, pretzels, and an apple with water. 
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    I can't get passed the juice. My kids take bottled water and I consider myself pretty lax.

    We send a water bottle for class each day and then she can buy a milk at school. The juice is just crazy to me. 

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    I love salami and riccotta

    I think it's pepperoni and cream cheese. 

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  • i am not a food nut, but i think she goes small on the super healthy stuff and does more on the not as healthy stuff. I'd do two of the squares on chicken and one thing of fruit and a yogurt or something else in the other.

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    I have seen a lot worse school lunches. I know a lot of moms on here don't give their kids juice, but at least it's juice. My nephew who is in 1st grade was just telling me all his friends got soda in their lunches.

    i like seeing a mom make some sort of effort with their kids lunch. Some of those are definitely better than others though. 






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  • There's definitely more sugar than I'd prefer, but I kind of think the things her kid will (apparently) eat that so many other kids won't (like any vegetable, pretty much), makes up for it.  Decent amount of processed things but decent amount of not.  Seems like a good balance among the food groups. I don't like the juice part either but eh, not a huge deal to me.  A small juice box and then some water or milk would be a better option, if they want to include juice. Overall I really think it's a ton healthier than most kids eat.

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    But marshmellows?  I mean come on.

    Is she posting this to demonstrate "healthy lunches"?

    Also, I think I just can't get past the sheer amount of food -- both of my kids are total beasts and eat no where near that much even in one meal and one snack

    I was thinking "I hope they give them a long time to eat..."


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  • image Hav=Fath:
    I bet she's a mom that thinks she's doing great by her kid. I also bet it's a lot better than a whole lot of lunches that his friends are eating.

    It's probably got as much sugar as three of his friend's lunches. Why am I not shocked you think it's perfectly fine? Come on Hav...tell me you are kidding. 

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    image Hav=Fath:
    I bet she's a mom that thinks she's doing great by her kid. I also bet it's a lot better than a whole lot of lunches that his friends are eating.

    It's probably got as much sugar as three of his friend's lunches. Why am I not shocked you think it's perfectly fine? Come on Hav...tell me you are kidding. 

    I don't think Hav said it's perfectly fine. She's saying the mom probably thinks this is really healthy and balanced, because compared to the 'norm' it is.

    DS1's classmates would get, for example: a capri sun, 2 packages of Motts gummy candies, 4 large iced sugar cookies, a wonder bread sandwich with a Kraft cheese slice inside and a yogurt tube. That's a real lunch. It didn't even really stand out much among the others.


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  • Let me just say, as a mother who has seen 4 years of elementary school lunches, this is bad. I would say that maybe 3 kids out of 20-22 in DD's class would have anything even close to this large or that much sugar. Plus nobody drinks anything but a school milk or their water bottle. 

    Typical lunch I see...

    Sandwich of some kind with meat or pb&j, meat and cheese cubes similar to what you see there, but it's the largest thing in the lunch, not the smallest.

    Some sort of chip or cracker like bunnies, goldfish, wheat thins, or the occasional Doritos or Lays.

    Some sort of fresh fruit or apple sauce or yogurt

    Maybe a fruit rollup, gummies or small cookies for a treat plus maybe raisins

    Plus water or milk.  

     

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  • image KateB1984:
     a wonder bread sandwich with a Kraft cheese slice inside 

    I can already feel the flames, but what is wrong with this stuff? 


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  • image KateMW:
    Let me just say, as a mother who has seen 4 years of elementary school lunches, this is bad. I would say that maybe 3 kids out of 2022 in DD's class would have anything even close to this large or that much sugar. Plus nobody drinks anything but a school milk or their water bottle.nbsp;Typical lunch I see...Sandwich of some kind with meat or pbamp;j, meat and cheese cubes similar to what you see there, but it's the largest thing in the lunch, not the smallest.Some sort of chip or cracker like bunnies, goldfish, wheat thins, or the occasional Doritos or Lays.Some sort of fresh fruit or apple sauce or yogurtMaybe a fruit rollup, gummies or small cookies for a treat plus maybe raisinsPlus water or milk. nbsp;nbsp;
    Yep this is the typical lunch I see too.
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