Everyday I cringe as I pack the Roc’s lunch. He won’t eat a sandwich of any kind, not meat, not cheese, no nut spreads, not even nutella! I tried leftovers in thermos containers, but those came back untouched. So I send him in with yogurt, cheese, juice, fruit, cereal, and a cookie. Every day. And he eats it all. Every day.
I wince because it doesn’t seem like enough food for my boy who EATS. I worry that he is still hungry when he leaves the cafeteria. Hunger = irritability, frustration, ramping behaviors, and eventual meltdowns. I push those worries aside because he is holding himself together all day long at school.
Also, he eats a good breakfast. He gets on the van with a full tank, though just like his lunches, breakfast for the Roc isn’t typical.
Monday: 3 bean chili with cheddar cheese (think pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, zucchini, carrots, red pepper, tomatoes, corn)
Tuesday: chicken burrito (chicken, cheese, re-fried beans & salsa)
Wednesday: Shepards Pie (potato, beef, carrots, peas)
Thursday: Cincinnati chili with spaghetti and cheddar cheese
Definitely not what I crave in the morning! But it works for him and that’s all that matters.
I just hope he never pukes on the van.