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Where do you live that your lunches require a meat and a milk? Lunches in many states provide at least a vegetarian option, and sometimes a vegan one.

I have been allowing my daughter to choose her own lunch menu, within reason, as she carries her own lunch most days by choice. She also makes her own lunch, which I think is more interesting than me always making it...so she gets a say in what she eats and how it is prepared.

The montessori school which she attends and at which I teach encourages this way of lunch preparation. Of course, it depends on how old your child is...but even a K aged student can prepare at least parts of their lunch. Anyway, to me a good thing to do is to provide a food pyramid type thingy...talk to your child about it...make a list of foods that he/she would like to have that are healthy (what kind of fruit would you like for your lunch this week?...do you want a sandwich or a wrap and what would you like on it? what kind of veggie would you like in there? do you want hummus or dressing as a dip?). Anyway, ask questions of your child...then grocery shop with your child and have him/her pick out the items on the list (good time to talk about organic and non-organic items). I don't think the secret to providing good nutrition is always having new and exciting things to eat that your mom made. I think the secret to a child learning/knowing good nutrition is a cooperative effort between parent and child.

Or...you can ask some people on a message board, but we have know idea what your child likes...and he/she does.
 

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well durn, I'm sorry then for my lunch tips, which obviously were not very helpful for you. Looks like others have offered awesome tips though. Good luck with getting those lunches packed.

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