Appropriate School Dinners
The debate is on!
School matters always form the basis of a good debate. We all (well most of us) have our children’s health / safety / wellbeing at heart when we express our judgements and opinions and that’s ok. It shows we care.
My eldest is now in year one. A few weeks into her second year at school. The first debate was over the wooden play apparatus (or vapparatus as Pops calls it), there have been a couple of accidents on it and some parents were unhappy about it’s presence. In my mind the school’s action was appropriate and only allowed play on it when it was dry.
We all love to complain don’t we, whether it’s about the amount of homework they get, how much free play they get, if the children are being supported or challenged. But I have to say we have been pretty impressed with school so far and I personally haven’t really had much to moan about.
This year the debate was school lunches. Last year the kids had a choice of two meals, a hot dinner such as cottage pie, roast dinner, curry, fish and chips etc or a jacket potato with a filling. All good in my eyes. This year they added a third option, a sandwich. Well this opened the question ‘Is a sandwich an appropriate choice?’.
Some didn’t want their children having a sandwich claiming it isn’t a substantial meal for a school lunch. Others said this now meant that their child who would only eat sandwiches can now also get a free school lunch instead of them having to prepare a packed lunch. Some said that children aren’t able to make sensible choices and would pick a quick and easy sandwich every day. Others said their children would make reasonable choices for lunch. Others didn’t think the quality of the sandwich was sufficient.
The way I see it, choice is a good thing. Allowing children to make a decision is a good thing too. But every child is different.
I like to let my daughter have a choice, within limits of course. I also let her decide what shes wants for her morning snack? They have free fruit so I never send her in with fruit but do encourage her to eat some and she will eat fruit at other meal times too. The choices are a hot snack such as toast, for which they have to bring in some money. Otherwise you need to send them in with a reasonably healthy snack for morning break.
Here are some of the things I offer to send in with my girlie.
- Organix Goodies Soft Oaty Bars, which now come in a convenient and better value for money box of 12. My daughter’s favourite is the raspberry and apple one. There’s only 5 ingredients in these – whole grain oats, raisins, sunflower oil, apple juice and raspberry juice. Each bar has 7.8g sugar from natural sources. Both of my kids love these.
- Soreen Lunchbox loaves, so many choice to choose from, the banana one and the apple one are favourites with my kids. Ear loaf has about 5.5g of sugar in them.
- Cheestrings Scoffies, 3 mini snacks in one. One container has little cheese cubes in, the other has dried fruit and the other has mini crackers or pretzels. Each pack has about 13.5 g of sugar in them. Due to this and the cost these packs are only very occasional.
- Money to buy the hot snack.
What do your kids get for school lunches?
Are you happy with it?
What do you give them for their snack?
Do you give them ‘bird seed’ like Victoria Beckham?
Please note we were gifted the Organix Goodies Oaty bars for the purpose of a review. All opinions are our own.