I went to grade school in the seventies. I remember taking a brown bag lunch, although, later my mother gladly paid the couple cents it took to be on the hot lunch program.
I remember taking a brown bag to school. Back in my school days, we called it a sack lunch. I usually had peanut butter on whole wheat bread. Since it is hard to eat peanut butter by itself, or ‘plain’ I call it, I like to put something with it on the bread. My personal favorite is spun honey. My grandmother used to make apple butter, and that tasted great with peanut butter. My son liked to put maple syrup on his peanut butter sandwiches, since it reminded him of the donuts that are maple flavored. My father had a preference for fried eggs on his sandwiches. It must have been healthy, because he is already in his late eighties and going strong.
A bag of chips, or a cookie is good. A piece of fruit, apples or bananas are tasty. Grapes are easy to eat. As far as a beverage is concerned, milk is available at the school. For those kids who are lactose intolerant, diabetic and other health problems, I am sure your doctor will discuss what things are good for a sack lunch.
My personal opinion is that if you send a lunch with your kid, it should be something that they like to eat. Since they are at school and there are other kids with sack lunches, they might be trading nutritional pieces for other nutritional pieces.
The food should be something that can be stored at room temperature in their locker. Common sense will dictate what you can send. You do not want to send a food that will mold before they can eat it. Caution: fruit is particularly sensitive to mold, but, hopefully you can keep it somewhat healthy. If you have a small ice pack, you can include it next to a perishable item.
As an adult, if I were to do things all over again, I’d be sure to eat a high protein breakfast. I’d probably eat some sort of meat sandwich, and a bag of doritoes.
Nuts are good. Raisins. Again, it all depends on things that can stay at room temperature and the personal eating preferences of the ‘eater’. Cheese is good. Packets of miracle whip and mustard can be opened later and added to the sandwich.
If mental alertness is a key factor in preparing a lunch, a lunch packer should avoid sending foods that are high in sugar all by themselves. This will cause a sugar ‘high’, which is followed by a sugar ‘crash’ and will cause sleepiness.
According to the Nutrition Roundup Experts in our county, if you do the five finger analysis of food, the most nutritious item of food that you can eat is a Snickers bar.