I have a confession: One of the things I don’t miss in summer is making school lunches for my kids. No matter how much good food I keep in the house, and no matter how I try to craft portable meals they will actually like, it always feels like a rush and a hassle, and all for a no-guarantees result: they are picky and don’t want anything unfamiliar, yet are often bored with the familiar and don’t always eat it. But I’m short on money, time, and ideas. ARGH. If your experience is anything like mine, we might both benefit from Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children.
Anne Cooper and Lisa Holmes co-authored Lunch Lessons to spell out how both parents and school employees can help instill healthy habits in kids, by offering a variety of invaluable information such as pages of scrumptious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks; basic information about good childhood nutrition; tips on how to support businesses (farmers, stores and CSAs) that provide local and organic food; and ways to spark widespread community change.
The beginning of a new academic year is as good a time as any for our own quiet, individual school lunch revolutions. Lunch Lessons provides real encouragement, easy recipes, and resources that can inspire caregivers and help lead to great school-day nutrition for children or anyone who needs a portable lunch. It’s in the bag! Now, to reinvigorate the ol’ homework completion system… (sigh)