Hello and welcome!!
My name is Sarah, but you can call me Bento Mama! I’m bringing you today’s preschool (and elementary school) lunch all the way from Coquitlam, British Columbia CANADA! Coquitlam is a suburb of the well known Vancouver, and is home to my beautiful family of 6… Well, we’re actually a family of 4, however we have two 13 year old international students living with us on a short homestay program from Guangzhou, China
My son is 4, and my daughter will be 3 in September, and they both attend preschool on the elementary school grounds just at the end of our street. When my kids started at this preschool I gave myself a goal of creating fun and nutritious lunches for them to take to school each day. You can read about some of my adventures in bento making over at More Than Your Average Mom. My kids are in preschool Monday – Friday from about 7:30am – 4:30pm and they eat breakfast, morning snack, and lunch there, all provided by me, and an afternoon snack provided by the preschool. This is a stark contrast to my homestay students who eat FIVE meals a day at, and provided by their school in China which they attend from 9:00am – 9:00pm Monday – Friday.
I try to follow the Canada Food Guide when making my kids lunches, incorporating each of the 5 food groups with a little flair to make it fun for the kids!
Today’s lunch is an Under Sea Adventure! My kids love these Octo-dogs, and homemade cheesy pasta shells are always a hit too. Everyone got a left over homemade biscuit from last nights dinner, as well as some goldfish pretzel crackers to go with the underwater theme. Yogurt, apple slices and a mini cheese will make up the kids snack, and the illusive 6th food group (junk food) is covered with the jelly roll! A well balanced and fun lunch on the menu today!
Here’s today’s lunch rating (according to my kids!)
Food-o-meter: 10/10 (the kids LOVED the jelly rolls and the octo-dogs)
Courses: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch
Health Rating: 9/10, the jelly roll and lack of veggie brings this one down
Price: Cheap (probably around $2)
Pieces of hair: 0!
Dining time: 28 minutes!! That’s a long time for lunch, but numerous musical interludes of the “slippery fish” song delayed us finishing in a normal amount of time!
A big huge True North thanks to VEG and Daddy VEG for letting me guest post today! I’m absolutely honoured to be able to share my lunches with you, and hope that you’ll take a moment to share a lunch with Mary’s Meals by donating over here. It costs a mere £10.70 or $16.92 Canadian to feed a child for an entire year! I hope you've enjoyed my lunch, as much as I've enjoyed making and sharing it with you!
aka: More Than Your Average Mom