Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What a teenager eats

I write about what I feed my little one for lunch often, because, in all honesty his lunches can be cute.  I can make checkerboard apples, I can add little bat pics and smiley faces, I can carve cucumbers into little hearts.  He's 6.  He doesn't mind, he's happy when he finds those little things in his lunchbox.  If I did that for my 15 year old, he would probably get beat up in the cafeteria.

But today I thought I'd share what a teenage boy does eat.  By the way, he eats  a lot.  I'm often surprised by what that skinny boy can put away!  (And I won't be sharing this post on facebook, because he is also on facebook and I really don't want to embarrass him!)

So today's lunch consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread with diced jicama and red bell peppers in one dish.  In the other we have our cheese and fruit assortment.  Little babybel cheeses, trisquits, an apple and a kiwi.  Not shown will be his dish of almonds and raisins to munch on when needed-which he'll need...because he eats a lot.  I'm a big believer in stuffing as much produce as possible into the lunch and thankfully 95% of the time he finishes it all.  I think a lot of kids don't get enough raw veggies and fruit into their diets and I'm really happy that mine are good veggie eaters-for the most part.  I mean, this dude would eat an entire red bell pepper if I let him, he loves them!  This thrills me because it is a great source of vitamin C, a single cup of diced red bell pepper provides nearly 200% the RDA of vitamin C.  Plus since it has fiber the natural sugars in the pepper don't dump straight into your blood stream causing the spike and crash that you can get from candy, juice or soda. 

There you have it, a glimpse into the stomach capacity of the modern American teenage boy.  I might need a second job to keep feeding him but hey, he's worth it!

For more cute lunch ideas visit the always inspiring Bento Lunch site.!


  1. I loved seeing what a teenage boy eats. Hopefully he gets more than 5 minutes to eat lunch. I have a 10-yr old son, and he doesn't want cutesy stuff either. But eating from home is healthier, and he gains a few minutes more to eat because he isn't standing in line to get his "hot" lunch. Do you ever send leftovers (like soup or casserole) in a Thermos, and if so, can you recommend a good short-style thermos?

  2. I have a thermos for my 1st grader, I'll have to check the brand, it's one of the themed ones. It keeps the food warm-but not hot-and doesn't leak like the cheapie one I bought last year.

    With Dimitri I sometimes send cold spaghetti, which for some reason he thinks of as a delicacy! I've actually given him the option on occasion to buy lunch and he always says no, he'd rather bring one from home. For one it is definately a time thing, the lines at the cafeteria are huge, but the other he knows he'll eat better if he brings a lunch from home.

  3. That is great. We do a lot of raw veggies here too and my kids love them. I just stick them on their dinner plate. You put it there, they will eat it. I am a big believer in that. I love how you feed your family.


  4. Thanks Ali! Honestly, I think raw veggies actually go down easier than cooked for my kids.


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