Who has ideas for protein sources for school lunches?
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Tamara - posted on 09/22/2011
-hard boiled eggs both my little ones love them,
-chilli/soup put it in thermoses,
-turkey meat balls with some spaghetti sauce (in the thermos) then a couple dinner rolls and a little baggy of cheese they make the sandwhiches there (they get to soggy of you make them before plus they are still warm when its lunch time)
-Grilled chicken wraps (when every I grill chicken I slice it then a soft taco tortilla size light mayo, lettuce or fresh spinach (depending on who its for) shredded cheese chicken, jullianed veggies roll it up and then wrap in saran wrap.
Sliced veggies with hummis dip
If you use a thermos fill it with hot water close the lid and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before filling it it 'wakes up' the things in there to keep things warm. I am sure there is a proper terminology for this but i don't know it.
Teresa - posted on 09/22/2011
No peanut policy? I heat up chicken nuggets in the morning, put them in foil and send a small container of BBQ sauce and my son loves them. I also send a "go-gurt" and some kind of cheese, either a slice of american, or chunks of mild cheddar. My son loves PB so he usually has some on toast for breakfast, before he gets to school. My son has ADD so I try to make sure he get plenty of protein. I have sent baked beans or butter beans and rice and he loves those too.
Cathy - posted on 10/26/2011
PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice
VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon
PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black)
Erin - posted on 10/04/2011
My kids love the purdue short cuts- my daughter will just puts them in a container and eats those as the main part of her lunch. A few of their other favorites are hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks and leftovers in a thermos. I also send them the pediasure sidekicks.
Jill - posted on 10/15/2011
i have a friend who's son is allergic to peanuts. she said they use a no-peanut peanut butter. try this site for ideas:
she says it isn't so bad. with someone with a peanut allergy, they would love it because it's better than never having a PB&J. They wouldnt know the difference anyway.
my kids like it when i cut out lunch meat and cheese slices with a cookie cutter and add crackers.
Anna - posted on 10/01/2011
I feel terrible that no nuts is a pain for you bit next time you have a whinge have a little thought an say a little pray for my daughter who has 42 allergies all together 16 life threatening ones an imagine being in her world where she can't even eat nuts or eggs an the list goes on... Just a thought......
Nancy - posted on 09/30/2011
Wow... thank you all for your help. it looks like I will be using the thermos a bit more. I like the idea of soy butter - I'll try it to see - my kids are pretty finicky. I will also try the hummus dip with pita. I am trying to stay away from the lunch meats as they are all full of nitrates but will try the natural hot dogs. I've been sending the kids to school with fruit & yogourt drinks for morning snacks - they seem to like that - another idea I found is salt reduced lipton chicken soup (stir in a beaten egg) - they like that as well. Thanks for all the ideas!
Adrienne - posted on 09/26/2011
There is soynut butter (really tasty), hummus and veggies, black beans and cheese in a wrap/burrito, leftovers, hard boiled eggs...really a lot of different choices. It all depends on how picky an eater your little one is. Luckily, my youngest's preschool allows PB.
Tammy - posted on 09/24/2011
My daughter's school also has a no nut policy, which kinda shocked me when I found out. I never realized that so many people are allergic to nuts! They also have a kosher policy, which means no dairy and meat in the same lunch, making it even more challenging.
I give something different every day. I always give some kind of cut up fruit, she can eat with a fork, such as apples, strawberries, or bananas. The main meal is usually a sandwich (I use different bread each day), with some kind of spread or dressing and avocado, cheese or chopped chicken. She also gets a yogurt cup, a cheese stick, or animal crackers. I sometimes as a special treat will put in a store bought lunch item, such as a corndog or meatballs, for example.
Denikka - posted on 09/24/2011
Left overs are WONDEFUL!
I hate a lot of *lunch meats*. Don't like the taste and they're so full of crap XP
I used to get chicken nuggets most days for lunch (I was kinda picky XD eggs every morning, chicken nuggets and tater tots for all my school lunches :P)
You can cut steak or BBQ chicken into strips, slice roast chicken thinly and make a sandwich, do something like a BLT. There are a ton of things out there.
You could also try meat alternatives, such as the *other*nut butter that some people suggested, tofu, beans...something like chili could be good :)
Get creative :)
Sherri - posted on 09/24/2011
Sunbutter it is in the organic section made 100% from sunflower seeds and in a tree nut facility. It tastes as close as you can get to peanut butter without it being peanut butter. So she can still have her sunbutter and jelly sandwiches etc.
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