Drake’s pre-school program next year will be on a different schedule than the one he is in this year. He will be there 4 hours instead of 2 1/2, and for the first time I’ll have to start packing lunches. Drake’s school is nut-free, which I imagine is the norm these days with the increase in peanut and nut allergies, but means that good ole peanut butter and jelly — a staple in our home for getting protein in — is out.
Drake isn’t the best eater; he’s non-adventurous and suspicious of anything new and even of things he has tried in the past at times. I myself don’t have a great relationship with food — I am picky and I don’t eat anything close to three meals a day, so this has always presented a problem when I am trying to instill good eating habits in my children. So this new lunch packing presents a whole new set of challenges for me as I try to find foods that don’t have peanut butter in them for Drake to bring to school. I know school is still months away (September and we are only at April currently), but I realize that if I don’t start trying to widen Drake’s food palette now, it might be too late when September does roll around. He will only go to school 2-3 days a week so in the end if he is hungry at school he can always come home to eat, but I need to find a way to make our eating habits better as a whole, both for school and in home.
I am very focused on always trying to get protein into Drake. He loves yogurt, peanut butter, and chicken nuggets. Carbs are his best friend so he eats no shortage of that. Dairy also is fine as he drinks lots of milk and will also have cheese (slices and in grilled cheese) and sour cream with meat. Fruits we do ok as well. He likes bananas, oranges, apples, grapes (sometimes), strawberries (sometimes), and blueberries (sometimes). Veggies however are where we stall out. I do find it strange as I grew up loving veggies. I still like them a lot, but I realize that I don’t really cook them often at all and thus we have a dearth of them in our home.