I’ve recently started working at an elementary school’s after school program. I am the 2nd and 3rd grade leader, in charge of 22 extremely rambunctious kids who have been sitting quietly for seven and a half straight hours and certainly aren’t about to be quiet for one minute more. The job is challenging but rewarding even though some days I’m “the meanest person EVER!” referring back to the whole trying to stay somewhat quiet thing.
Last week, I asked some of the kids what they had had for lunch that day. The vote was split: “Pizza!” “Nachos!” When I laughed and said that that must have been a pretty fun lunch, they just shrugged their shoulders. “Nah, it wasn’t very good,” they replied. Really?! We’re serving them nachos and pizza, and it’s not even good by an 8-year-old’s standards?! Now I would love to talk about the fact that Congress just decided to consider the tomato sauce on school pizza to count as a vegetable, but instead I’ll just tell you about what I used to eat at school: Lucy lunches.
I think Lucy was my friend in preschool, although I couldn’t tell you for certain, because the only thing I remember about Lucy was that she had the best lunches. Most kids took sandwiches in their lunch boxes, mainly peanut butter and jelly. Lucy on the other hand never had sandwiches. She always had a mix match of smaller items: apples slices, tortilla chips, carrot sticks, string cheese. I don’t know what about this was so exciting, but it is still to this day my favorite type of lunch. Not only was it fun, but it was healthy! And she and I both Loved our lunches, which is more than my kids could say about nachos and pizza.
What I’ve Been Eating
Chinese New Year’s Dinner: White rice with stir-fried bok choy, carrots, and spring onions and fried shrimp with spicy garlic honey glaze. This was Amazing!
Sushi: Veggie rolls made with cucumber, carrot, and avocado.
Breakfast Quinoa: Bring ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, a cardamom pod, and sprinkle of cinnamon to a boil. Then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is translucent. Serve hot with a little brown sugar. The perfect thing to fulfill that oatmeal craving! (Celiac Fact: Less than 2% of people with celiac disease react to oats, but with my track record, I’m not taking my chances!)