I used to think that it was a good thing that I didn’t go gluten free until later on in life because it would have been way too difficult as a child. With the school lunches, field trips, birthday parties and so on, I figured that it was probably best that I got all that over with before knowing that I had dietary restrictions.
That was what I used to think, but now my thought process has changed. Lately, all I see online are moms posting pictures of their child’s lunch and I’m seriously jealous. I, a grown woman, am jealous of the bento box lunch that a mother is packing for her grade school child. That has to mean that there’s some impressive bento box-ing going on.
So how about we jump in the DeLorean and go back to 1996 to check out my lunch pail. I still recall the white bread bologna sandwich, the snack bag of cheez-its, some type of Little Debbie treat, and a Capri Sun. No wonder I looked like a chicken nugget with legs.
Today I’m seeing moms like Keeley McGuire packing all sorts of delicious ensembles including the Quinoa Pizza Bites (pictured) for her “Little Miss” and I seriously want to tweet @KeeleyMcG and ask if she’ll send a bento to work with me. There are seven year olds eating quinoa in the cafeteria and I still don’t know how to pronounce it. I wish I was that sophisticated as a child. I was instead enjoying icing-covered animal “crackers” as my side dish.
If I had a cleaner lunch growing up, I would have definitely felt better (especially if I had known that I shouldn’t have been eating gluten), and I probably would have had less of a bowling ball shape going on. I needed to “unjunk” my lunch box back in ‘96, but sadly there weren’t companies and bloggers around to tell my mom, “Back away from the white bread,” and then follow up with detailed instructions like, “get a compartmentalized box instead of that turquoise pail-thing you’re making your daughter carry around; now fill it will quinoa pizza bites and a piece of fruit instead of all that other junk. Believe me, Little Laura will thank you.”
Rudi’s is helping little kiddies (like I used to be) unjunk their lunch by teaming up with KIWI magazine and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to sponsor Take Your Parents to Lunch Day with a Say Cheese photo contest. The annual campaign allows parents to experience what the school lunch is like with their children.
Rudi’s wants parents and their kids to celebrate now through September 15th by submitting photos of their child enjoying a delicious and healthy lunch that includes a sandwich on Rudi’s bread! Rudi’s will choose the top five photos and fans will then vote on their favorites September 30 – October 11.
To participate in the Say Cheese photo contest:
- Snap a photo of your child enjoying a delicious lunch, including a sandwich on Rudi’s bread
- Upload the photo to the Take Your Parents to Lunch Day microsite and fill out the entry form
- Share the image with friends to spread the word
The winner of the contest receives $500 to Whole Foods Market. I couldn’t even tell you the damage I could do with that! Weekly prizes will also be awarded given randomly out to entrants. These include Amazon gift cards, North Face backpacks, Razor scooters, Canon Powershot cameras, Wiis and iPad Minis.
So what are you waiting for? Start packing that delicious gluten-free lunch and get the camera ready. It’s time to get cheesy with it.