I surfed the internet a bit -- there are a lot of resources on this. Most of them were unrealistic for me. I did some note taking and diagrams, and I came up with two categories:
- Protein and carbohydrates (usually combined, thus one category)
- Fruits and vegetables
Protein and carbs:
- pasta with cheese... and sometimes some vegetables in there too.
- (usually half a) sandwich with meat and/or cheese -- use frozen bread(1) to keep it fresh until lunch time.
- (usually half a) sandwich with nut/seed butter and jelly, honey or sliced banana
- yogurt mix (yogurt, flax meal, nut or seed butter, and sometimes honey/jam/apple sauce for sweetening (2))
- cheese and crackers (very unusual)
- blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- peas (usually frozen)
- half a banana
- apple slices -- she requires the peal be removed too.
- apple sauce
- orange (pealed and sectioned)
- grapes (cut in half)
- cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
I asked her the other day if her lunch was as good as the other kids. She said "no, my lunch is usually better than the other kids' lunches." So, the system seems to be working.
(1) I check bread content and choose one with a higher than average serving size of protein and fiber. I also often choose one with flax meal for omega 3s.
(2) This concept is inspired by the Super Babyfood books.