QUOTE(AK2 @ Jan 29 2014, 02:01 AM)
One time my son got sent home with his container of homemade, freshly popped popcorn- no oil, butter, salt...literally just 'popped corn', because apparently it was a treat food. I get it, I really do, but it starts making everything so hard.
I distinctly remember having some plain plain corn chips in a little tub for my snack and one of my teachers telling me I couldn't have it as it was junk food, I was about 6. My mum sent in a letter with the cut out ingredients from the packet, which were corn, minimal oil, and salt. The teacher apologised and it was agreed that corn chips weren't junk food. It's hard to draw the line though.... We used to eat Uncle Tobies Wraps muesli bars, and we now get something similar (which won't be going to school as it's full of peanuts) but is covered in chocolate. Now at least muesli bars and nut bars have redeeming features (i.e. protein and good fibre) but they're as high in sugar as lot of chocolate bars.
The refrigeration discussion is funny - I can't remember ever having access to a fridge at school, and we just brought in whatever. Definitely in secondary school and later primary, we all had those Decor lunch boxes that came with a water bottle that slotted into the box or lay on the top under the lid, and we'd freeze our water for the day. The thing is, being from Melbourne, it isn't an issue for 2/3 of the school year! It's really only February and Nov/December where it becomes and issue.
I'm making myself hungry now.... I was remembering in Grade 6 we had a cooker in our classroom, and we'd all bring home-made pitta pizzas or toasties and grill them for lunch! I think I went through a phase of having 2-minute noodles in a thermos for lunch as well. I shudder to think how little nutrition there is in one of those
If I do that for the boys I will be sneaking in some protein and veggies
Eddie's Kindergarten has a 'nut and egg aware' policy. They ask you not to bring anything with nuts, and said 'no egg products' such as quiche, frittata, or hard-boiled egg. They didn't mention everything else in the world which is baked with egg though, so I assume those are fine. Yet another question for our first meeting with the teachers
I loved having hard-boiled eggs for lunch... I think our primary schools are less prescriptive about eggs, hearing from the people we know who go to them.
ps What on earth is a Juice Topper?
PPS, I want to have my apple turned into a slinky! That is so cool!!