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Another lunch box thread! Hooray! How could I cut down on sugar for dd?

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allhailtheaubergine Sun 23-Oct-11 08:01:13

Dd is 5. She is at school from 7.30am to 2pm. They have three snack breaks in a school day. She has a very sweet tooth.

At the moment I send...

9am snack: Yogurt / rice pudding or banana with milk to drink.

11am snack: Cold pasta or rice salad, or a cream cheese wrap, often with a yogurt or yoghurt drink. Water.

1.30pm lunch: Cheese sandwich and an apple or a pear. Water.

I thought I could replace the morning snack with a little pot of porridge with berries? She likes dairy and fruit - sugar.

Any new ideas for me?

seeker Sun 23-Oct-11 08:12:34

Looks ok to me but could her 9.00 snack be all fruit - banana and some grapes with milk, maybe?

allhailtheaubergine Sun 23-Oct-11 08:18:55

It's a lot of fruit. I'm never really sure how much fruit is good. I'm thinking of her teeth more than anything else. She is fit and healthy and slim and active.

PlumSykes Sun 23-Oct-11 08:24:17

My DD is 5 too. She loves little chunks of cheese and a couple of crackers as a snack. Or even just the cheese, if I'm rushed to get it done. Thankfully, I only have to provide 1 a day, not 3!

allhailtheaubergine Sun 23-Oct-11 09:29:01

Yes, 3 is a bit of a faff. I do chunks of cheese sometimes. Cheese and cackers would work for the 11.00 snack maybe. I dunno, it's a minefield. Too salty. Too sugary. Not enough protein. Pfft. In my day I had a marmite sandwich, a penguin biscuit and an orange that I never ever ate. And squash. All in a My Little Pony lunch box.

seeker Sun 23-Oct-11 09:34:08

Don't think there's too much fruit, is there? How about some carrots and gree beans sometimes?

And why not a mqrmite sandwich and a penguin buscuit?

PlumSykes Sun 23-Oct-11 11:06:12

Does she eat hummus? Little pot with some breadsticks/carrots could be good.

PlumSykes Sun 23-Oct-11 11:07:57

Just remembered DD's fave ever snack is little cocktail sausages.

MrsCog Sun 23-Oct-11 11:15:32

How about plain yoghurt (like activia or something) with fruit stired in? Or you could stew fruit and mix that in - that way you can decrease the sugar over time. To be honest, I don't think what you send sounds very bad anyway - depending on what she has at other times. And yes - I am from the plain sandwich, chocolate biscuit and untouched piece of fruit in a my little pony lunchbox era! I think a lot of the hysteria around lunchbox food is way ott!

allhailtheaubergine Sun 23-Oct-11 11:19:55

No to meat. And she doesn't like hummous (fussy blighter - ds eats kilos of the stuff) but I could do philly dip with carrot and cucumber or breadstick battons

GHAHSTLYGHOULYpants Sun 23-Oct-11 11:24:46

raw veg crudites
cream cheese
another type of dip--baba ganoush, guacamole, almond butter?
bread sticks
rice cakes
nut/seed mix in a pot

allhailtheaubergine Sun 23-Oct-11 11:27:54

Maybe I am being a bit over fussy. We had a recent trip to the dentist and I'm all of a tizz about fruit acid and sugar.

littleducks Sun 23-Oct-11 13:30:56

I don't think it is too much fruit. I am assuming you are not in the UK due to the timing but here the children are given free fruit daily and I then put some in lunchbox as well.

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