Man, it is super hard to feed everyone a lunch or snack that they like. I feel satisfied if we get it 95% right. Meaning only a few children don't like what we are serving. I have come to the realization after taking hours and I mean HOURS out of my weekend time to make fish sticks from scratch that there are things worth spending the time on and some not so much. I was telling a parent this morning after watching the majority of the home made fish sticks I made go in the compost I was done spending my Saturdays making those from scratch. Yes I know about bad oils and trans fats and fish that isn't sustainably caught. You have to cut me some slack, because I just reached my limit on that one. It's painful to watch $80.00 worth of beautiful fish go in the compost. So we are back to the store bought kind. My only consolation in all that is that it is served up with home made potato wedges and a healthy side of raw veggies. At the end of the day, waste is a problem but greater then that are the cranky children with hungry tummies.
The Oh She glows Cookbook. I can not even begin to explain how life changing this cook book is. Not only are the recipes really good and tasty but the it makes me feel a million times better knowing I have some great alternatives when it comes to meals and snacks.
Every year we have children that come into the program will allergies. That is fast becoming a greater challenge. More and more children are coming to us with significant allergies. Life or Death allergies. No gluten, milk, eggs, nuts, legumes and the list goes on. One year we had eight children each with a different allergy or food sensitivity. I try so hard to rise to these challenges. In-fact I love them because I get to come up with something different. What I don't love is making 4 or 5 different lunches and the stress that comes with making sure they get out to the correct children and we are not making anyone feel different.
So Granola Bars or Glo Bars as Angela calls them. They are vegan. They are raw and they are so incredibly tasty. Who knew? Lat night I made two batches at home to test run them and today I made a batch at Maple Tree. They honestly take no time to make and they are super good for your children. They are made with chia seeds, oats, sunflower seeds, dairy free chocolate chips, sun-butter and brown rice syrup (Brown Rice syrup it amazing and really low on the glycemic index).