Friday, August 20, 2010

preschooler lunchy lunch

My little girl is attending a different preschool this year. Last year she had school twice a week for five hours a day and needed a packed lunch. This year she goes four days a week for three hours a day and does not need to take a lunch. She goes to school right at lunchtime though, 12:30. I'm still trying to sort out our morning activities, but on this day we were running errands before school and she had this lunch while sitting in a shopping cart at Super Target. ;-)
preschool sassiness

On the left:
- homemade pizza pocket
- two pieces of butterfly-shaped havarti cheese slices
- organic yogurt covered raisins
- Garden of Eatin' organic multigrain Popped Tortillas

On the right:
- blackberries in silicone cup with litte kitty mini-fork
- pickles and two cherry tomatoes

The Popped Tortillas are a new thing we are trying out. There are 18 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein per serving. Not too shabby for a crunchy snack!

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Cap Creations said... [Reply to comment]

Looks yummy! You make it all look so fun! Love that!

Morgan said... [Reply to comment]

How do you get your kids to eat tomatoes? I try and try and my son (and husband) just will not touch them unless made into a sauce over noodles.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

It is a very new development, the tomato eating. They don't really LIKE them, but they will eat one or two (usually one). But I'm not giving up on the effort. ;-)

My baby though, that little guy just gobbles them up! :)

Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

Looks good. Those chips sound good.

Both my girls love tomatoes. I think picking them fresh out of the garden is what did the trick.

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Looks fantastic and I love Havarti cheese...yummmm!

Cameron said... [Reply to comment]

This looks awesome!! Okay, now I have a serious question & you can reply to this in email if you want but I thought I'd ask in the comments...

Do you spend a bunch of money at the grocery on this stuff? Because it seems like you always have something different & it's always so yummy & fancy looking!! I showed these to my friend & she goes, "I don't have a big enough grocery budget to do things like that."

Is that really an issue or can you do this on a budget?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Cameron, I'm a little bit confused by the grocery thing. I don't spend any more money on food in order to do bentos, this is the same food I'd buy to feed my family anyway. I'd still buy cheese, crackers, cereal bars, fruit, etc. The only thing I can think of that I buy especially for bentos that is a little splurge is the once-in-awhile Babybell cheeses (small round red wax coated cheese).

I do always have something different because we have a lot of people in our family that eat it, so our turn-around on food is quick. LOL A box of strawberries is gone in two days, a box of raspberries can be gone in one, for example!

The food is a necessity, and packing food in bentos saves money over buying single-serve packaging, hands down.

Now the actual "supplies" of bento can be another story. ;-) Although all you NEED for bentos is a box to pack food in....all the little gizmos like picks and cute inner cups and stuff can add up $$ if you let it get out of control (raises hand).

Gretchen said... [Reply to comment]

With school getting ready to start for my 4 year old, I'm always looking for inspiration. We rotate btwn pnut b & jelly sandwich and turkey sandwich, plus 2 sides. So - this blog is great! i'll definitely check back in!

Question -- does your kiddo eat the pizza pockets cold?

Thanks for all the fun inspiration!


Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Gretchen! Does my kiddo eat the pizza pocket cold? It depends on which kiddo. ;-) My daughter will eat them cold quite happily, my son will only eat them warm.

Thanks for being here! :)

Deanna said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! just found your blog and I'm in love! =)
where did you get the yellow cup the raisins are in? it looks different than a silicon muffin holder. Thanks!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Deanna! :) Sorry for my delay in responding! Actually, that little one holding the raisins is also a silicone cup. It came in a set of three, and this is the largest one of the set. You can see them here:
Link to the shop:
And then search for "silicone food cup flower". :) They also come in square and wedge shapes.

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