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#1 joykey

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

I feel like my 17 year old DD is back at preschool  rolleyes.gif

These days though, it's not that she's picky - she'll eat pretty much anything at the table for a meal, but at school she just couldn't be bothered with anything that involves any kind of effort or mess.  So wraps with multiple ingredients are out of the question, anything requiring a fork - yeah, I know, sad.

With this being her final year at school, I desperately want her to be better nourished than the Vegemite or butter sandwiches she thinks are good enough can achieve.

I've suggested things she can take to school cold like meatballs, chicken (nothing with a bone, but something like homemade nuggets), even fish fingers... she said well, maybe fish fingers.  I can imagine that getting old pretty quickly though!  She won't eat pizza cold, doesn't like eggy things like quiches...OMG I'm going to go insane!  

I know at her age I can't make her do anything, but I would dearly love to be able to get her to eat properly for her final year at school!  

Given the choice, she wouldn't eat breakfast either, but I make her have some toast in the car on the way to school, so I can't really compensate for the inadequate lunching by giving her a better breakfast.

#2 scjoh

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

I know this is the recipe section but my first thought was an up and go

#3 credence

Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

How about a can of tuna and mayonnaise with some crackers? Or some hommus with crudite and crackers?

Bean salad!

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

Muffins - you can make heaps of types. Make savoury ones with plenty of cheese. You can even make cheese and vegemite ones! Sweet ones with plenty of nuts and almond/hazelnut/nut meal - very high in protein.

Would she eat dips with crackers or veggie sticks? Hummous is very high in protein.

But apart from that - if it's really that much effort and she eats well enough at home, and as long as she's not getting exhausted from not eating enough, then I personally wouldn't worry too much while she's at school. A balanced diet takes into account what we eat throughout the day, not just at lunch time, and you clearly are feeding her a wide variety of healthy foods so I'm sure she's getting what she needs.

#5 KT1978

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Target has thermos on sale. Got dd one for $28.  Good for soups or smoothies (with sustagen or yoghurt). They do hot and cold but the cold can be prepared the night before.

Would j go for that?

Does she like sushi or rice paper rolls?

Savoury slice/fish cake kind of things on taste.com that she would like?

Cheese and crackers with fruit. Tuna and crackers.

#6 joykey

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE (Solitude @ 28/01/2013, 06:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know this is the recipe section but my first thought was an up and go


Yeah, that's something that could work.  


#7 joykey

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (credence @ 28/01/2013, 08:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How about a can of tuna and mayonnaise with some crackers? Or some hommus with crudite and crackers?

Bean salad!

She likes tuna, but she'd find that too much effort (yes, I know!  
Really wants no effort at all!

She also likes beans, but once again, would need two hands and a fork, lol.

#8 joykey

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE (noi'mnot @ 28/01/2013, 08:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Muffins - you can make heaps of types. Make savoury ones with plenty of cheese. You can even make cheese and vegemite ones! Sweet ones with plenty of nuts and almond/hazelnut/nut meal - very high in protein.

Hm, yes adding protein to baked sweets might be a good idea too.




#9 libbylu

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Tuna patties?  If you can find a recipe where they end up really solid and make them smallish she can eat them like finger food.  Perhpas make them into balls? You can put tuna, egg, cheese and vegies in and they could be quite nourishing.

#10 joykey

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE (KT1978 @ 28/01/2013, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Target has thermos on sale. Got dd one for $28.  Good for soups or smoothies (with sustagen or yoghurt). They do hot and cold but the cold can be prepared the night before.

Would j go for that?

Does she like sushi or rice paper rolls?

Savoury slice/fish cake kind of things on taste.com that she would like?

Cheese and crackers with fruit. Tuna and crackers.

She does like sushi - might be good now and then when we've got time to make it.


QUOTE (libbylu @ 28/01/2013, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tuna patties?  If you can find a recipe where they end up really solid and make them smallish she can eat them like finger food.  Perhpas make them into balls? You can put tuna, egg, cheese and vegies in and they could be quite nourishing.

Another good idea.  Thanks!

#11 kpingitquiet

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Wedges of cheese, mixed nuts or trail mix, edamame (salted, boiled soybeans), homemade granola bars, celery w/ peanut butter.




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