I’m seriously sad when I see what a lot of kids bring to school for lunch. I’m even sadder when I see what school districts offer up to our kids for ‘school lunch’. I grew up in a house where my mom cooked dinner every night. We also brought our lunch to school in a brown paper bag with our name scribbled on it. I grew up in a pretty affluent suburb of Los Angeles, but my parents got us there by clipping coupons and taking care of what we already had. I guess that included taking care of our bodies. In the early 60’s, people thought my parents were nuts for eating yogurt and wheat germ long before it became fashionable. My wonderful parents knew just enough to keep us away from greasy school lunches with dreaded mystery meat. Pizza day in Junior High was the exception. My parents weren’t totally heartless.
By the age of 11 or 12, I was making all our brown bag lunches (for my 4 brothers and myself), including peanut butter on whole wheat bread (yes of course I begged for the white bread in the polka dot package!) a fruit and maybe a piece of cheese. This was way before there was such a thing as an ice block or other fancy ways to keep a lunch fresh, but those room temperature lunches were far better than what the cafeteria ladies were dishing out.
Fast forward about 30 years to my own three daughters and school lunch programs that are still lacking in quality, albeit more expensive. And though I’m very concerned with my family’s health and nutrition, as a busy mom, I like to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. I’m all about fresh, healthy and FAST.
That’s why I created The EasyLunchbox System.
It seems pretty obvious to me that parents need a simple and affordable way to be sure their children will eat a nutritious lunch, but we can’t wait around for the school districts to get the help and financial resources they need to implement change. Our kids need good nutrition today! Packing a healthy lunch box is the only sure solution available right now.