Our daughter started kindergarten the day after Labor Day. We sent her with a packed lunch but also put money in her account so that she could try hot lunch if she wanted to or frankly for the days that we just don’t have time to pack one.
So far, she’s been good about helping pack her own lunch in the evenings. Based on the recommendation of 100 Days of Real Food, I have her pack two veggies or fruits, a grain and then something else.
Her lunches often consist of cut up veggies such as carrots, pepper slices or broccoli. She takes a piece of fruit too. Recently she’s been on a banana kick.
As for the grain part, she’s brought peanut butter sandwiches, popcorn, homemade muffins and whole wheat crackers. This past weekend, I purchased a Thermos that will fit in her lunch bag so she can take warm food such as soup or macaroni and cheese. Lastly, she’s been taking a cheese stick or yogurt most days.
School is a brand new endeavor for her and so the first couple weeks were overwhelming for her. The first few days she didn’t eat much, so her teacher put her at the slow eaters table. Apparently every year there are a group of kindergartners who need some encouragement to get their food down in the allotted 25 minutes.
Overall, I think she’s made the transition pretty well and she seems happy bringing lunches with her. For now I think we’ll stick to it.
If you need ideas for school lunches 100 Days of Real Food is a treasure trove. She has a ton of creative ideas and the site is worth your time.