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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 17:59 PM   11
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I have 3 children under 7 who all take packed lunches every day. I would have to pay for all of them if they took school dinners and I know they wouldn't eat them.

My 4 year old has only started taking lunch but is doing really well. She gets a fruit snack provided by school at break time and for lunch she has been taking:

a Kingsmill Thin with either ham or chicken
2 small Petit Filous style yogurts or a Frube etc
a packet of mini cookies/party rings or something like that
diluting juice or water

She comes home with pretty much everything eaten and is so proud of herself. She does 5 hours a day in school. She also gets a carton of milk in school at break time.

My older two, who have just turned 7, would have something similar:

-50/50 bread with chicken or ham/ a croissant (for a treat)/ 3 small cooked sausages wrapped in tinfoil to keep some heat
- yogurt
-small packet of fingers/cookies
-water/ diluting juice

They bring in their own fruit for break time and also get a carton of milk everyday.

On a Friday I might give them a packet of crisps, or a bigger sweet treat.They are also in for 5 hours per day.

They have to bring their rubbish home from school, so i get see exactly what they eat. To be honest, they usually finish it most days and always say they've had enough.
Are you in the uk or elsewhere? If so, why would you need to pay for the under 7s? Is it not the whole uk that gets free lunches for infants?
I'm in Northern Ireland. Children here don't get free school dinners (only if you are in receipt of benefits or very low income). As we are working, we would have to pay



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 18:04 PM   12
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What sort of stuff are b and m good for stocking up on?



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 20:04 PM   13
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I'm in New Zealand where kids don't get school dinners so everyone has to pack a lunch. My son is almost 5 and I make him something like:

Sandwich - ham and cheese or marmite and cheese or something on wholemeal bread
Yoghurt
Carrot sticks
Cucumber sticks
Couple of cherry tomatoes
Apple/orange/whatever we have for class fruit bowl (they make shared fruit plates for morning tea with the fruit at his age group)
Grapes or dried apricots or raisins
Olives (he loves these!)
Sometimes a small muesli bar (as healthy as possible) as well depending on amounts of the fruit and veg

To be honest I would look to healthier options rather than crisps and cakes/cookies (they're not supposed to bring these to school in NZ and are also only allowed plain water). Try raw veggie sticks - my 4 year old who will pick around his veggies at dinner time will sit there and eat raw veggies at lunch so I never miss the option to put them in.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 21:45 PM   14
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I can't help with a cost comparison (I'm in Australia) but I pack lunches for my 3 and 5yo every day. They get:

Sandwich or Zucchini Slice or Pita Bread and Dip
2 pieces of fruit (usually 1/2 punnet of berries and a banana or apple)
Veggie Sticks (capsicum, carrot and snow peas go down well)
Pretzels or Roasted Chicpeas or Rice Crackers
A piece of cheese or ham/turkey/chicken

On top of this, 3yo also has a yoghurt (but he's at daycare so a much longer day). Most days they eat everything.



 
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I'm in New Zealand where kids don't get school dinners so everyone has to pack a lunch. My son is almost 5 and I make him something like:

Sandwich - ham and cheese or marmite and cheese or something on wholemeal bread
Yoghurt
Carrot sticks
Cucumber sticks
Couple of cherry tomatoes
Apple/orange/whatever we have for class fruit bowl (they make shared fruit plates for morning tea with the fruit at his age group)
Grapes or dried apricots or raisins
Olives (he loves these!)
Sometimes a small muesli bar (as healthy as possible) as well depending on amounts of the fruit and veg

To be honest I would look to healthier options rather than crisps and cakes/cookies (they're not supposed to bring these to school in NZ and are also only allowed plain water). Try raw veggie sticks - my 4 year old who will pick around his veggies at dinner time will sit there and eat raw veggies at lunch so I never miss the option to put them in.
Ill be adding some veggie sticks to my 3 yr olds and perhaps cucumber to my 5 year olds but anything else would be wasted as Amy and Will are really fussy and wont eat it. Ours are allowed a packet of crisps and 1 treat and i see no harm in it and will just be happy they have a full tummy tbh.



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 01:55 AM   16
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What sort of stuff are b and m good for stocking up on?
Mainly treat things like jelly pots, little rice puddings etc were alot cheaper than asda, they had a lot if cracker- type foods aswell yesterday and rice cakes. I picked up some chocolate covered sponge cake things which were only 1 for 10 so will see how they like those. Obviously fresh foods will be bought elsewhere.



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 04:51 AM   17
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I usually shop at Tesco or Asda . We dont have a Lidl but we have an Aldi, i just sometimes find they have less choice and often i need to pick up bits of clothing etc which is why i normally end up Tesco or Asda as its all under one roof.
I definitely should switch though as get lots more for your money at aldi.

I will see what they come home with tonight x
There is stuff I often can't get from Lidl so need to get extras from Tesco but thankfully where I live Lidl, Tesco and The Co-Op are all right next to each other! I do most of my shopping in Lidl and they have really nice stuff, especially fruit and veg aimed at kids like unicorn horns (purple, white and orange mini carrots) and brocolli that looks like a spikey dinosaur. I buy their cheese dippers, strings and sticks and they are so much cheaper!

ETA - If I am thinking right and Lidl and Aldi are sister stores then Aldi should have the same sort of thing?



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 09:13 AM   18
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I do a 'main', 1 of: pasta/rice/couscous salad, sandwich (usually ham/tuna/cheese salad), wrap, scotch eggs (meat or quorn), sausage roll (meat or quorn), quiche.
snack: crisps, pretzels, mini crackers (I get a bag from the pound shop and they do a tonne of lunches!), cheese triangle or cheese cubes, pitta fingers, boiled egg, breadsticks, rice cake.
fruit/vegetable x2 servings: my kids like fruit and veg so it's easy to choose for them and 1 of the fruits I put in will often be a banana or a satsuma; something that can be wiped off and put in the next day if they don't eat it the first time . Would yours eat it if it was "jazzed up"- fruit kebabs (or fruit salad and sticks so they can make their own fruit kebabs), or less obvious fruit/veg- peas, green beans, grated carrot, pureed fruit they can dip a rice cake in?
A pudding: often something we've baked which helps keep the cost down. Flapjack, banana loaf, a cake bar, mini Soreen, half a toasted and buttered tea cake, brioche, a couple of biscuits, a yogurt, raisins.



 
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I do a 'main', 1 of: pasta/rice/couscous salad, sandwich (usually ham/tuna/cheese salad), wrap, scotch eggs (meat or quorn), sausage roll (meat or quorn), quiche.
snack: crisps, pretzels, mini crackers (I get a bag from the pound shop and they do a tonne of lunches!), cheese triangle or cheese cubes, pitta fingers, boiled egg, breadsticks, rice cake.
fruit/vegetable x2 servings: my kids like fruit and veg so it's easy to choose for them and 1 of the fruits I put in will often be a banana or a satsuma; something that can be wiped off and put in the next day if they don't eat it the first time . Would yours eat it if it was "jazzed up"- fruit kebabs (or fruit salad and sticks so they can make their own fruit kebabs), or less obvious fruit/veg- peas, green beans, grated carrot, pureed fruit they can dip a rice cake in?
A pudding: often something we've baked which helps keep the cost down. Flapjack, banana loaf, a cake bar, mini Soreen, half a toasted and buttered tea cake, brioche, a couple of biscuits, a yogurt, raisins.
Fruits no problem as they love fruit its veg thats the problem. Love the kebab idea! Never thought to bake either, ill try that next week!



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 11:29 AM   20
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For my 6 year old I send some of the following

-Egg salad wrap/soup in a thermos/ham wrap or sandwich/pasta in a thermos
-Strawberries/apples/oranges/melon
-Cucumbers/carrots/lactose free cheese and crackers
-Yogurt/Apple ssuce/a muffin
-Bottle of water

If she doesn't eat some of it she starts with what is left as an after school snack



 
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