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Love Through Lunch

One of my least favorite mom-jobs used to be packing the school lunches. I know now it was because I put too much emphasis on myself. I wanted my kids' lunches to be the healthiest, most filling yet tastiest lunches in the room. I'm known as the "fitness lady" and I have a reputation to uphold. And no one is going to beat me at lunch packing - no way. I. Must. Win.This motivation was sinful and self-focused. I was more concerned about what others thought about what I was feeding my kids than using that opportunity for what it was - to demonstrate Jesus' love. By preparing my kids' lunches I can teach them Jesus' love - one of the thousands of opportunities He gives us as moms to do so. You may think that preparing a lunch is not a big deal.  Lest we forget what Jesus did with one little boy's lunch over 2000 years ago? You know, just fed OVER 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish - no big deal. Never underestimate your jobs as a mom. No matter how mundane, or trivial, or unsavory, or unappealing, or self-serving you may think they are. God is bigger than your agenda.
Food is a key element to children's success at school, their mood, their energy, character and focus. Unfortunately, most of what is advertised as a quick and easy lunch box filler is also nutrient-void, artificially flavored, or sodium and sugar saturated.  To provide a healthy and satisfying lunch for your child does take a little bit of planning and preparation. But this little bit of time spent on a Saturday or Sunday evening saves lots of time, worry and guilt on busy school day mornings when you have nothing prepared. Here are a few healthier ideas for lunch box fillers:
  • hummus (homemade is very easy - message me for my favorite recipe) with cut up veggies
  • cut up fruit
  • hard boiled eggs
  • natural nut butter and graham cracker "sandwiches"
  • clementines
  • bite-sized tomatoes
  • popcorn
  • applesauce
  • pistachios (my kids love cracking them open)
  • avocado cubes
  • trail mix (I mix raw pumpkin seeds, dehydrated fruit, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds and cheerios)
  • apples
  • berries
  • yogurt
  • string cheese
  • homemade cookies (ALWAYS better than the store bought version because you can control the sugar content)

My kids also like it when I use cookie cutters to cut their sandwiches. For some reason, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the shape of a gingerbread man or a church tastes better than a simple rectangle. And don't forget the little post-it note of encouragement, a daily riddle, a reminder of Jesus' love, something you are proud of them for, or  recognition for their efforts that day. About mid-way through last year, after receiving a note from me in (almost) all of their lunches, my girls started leaving me notes in my backpack too. That's a beautiful thing - Jesus allowing us to see a reciprocal effect of our demonstration of His love.

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Please share your lunch box favorites with us in the comments. Happy lunch packing, fellow moms.

 

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