Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Easter Lunches

Left to Right:
natural yogurt covered raisins, crackers, cheese

Top to Bottom:
Quinoa Crunchies, bagel with butter, grapes, mini egg nest
Cucumber with dill, berries

Left to Right:
Crackers and chick cheese, bagel with butter
Clementines, grapes and chocolate eggs, with 2 fluffy chicks

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Owen's Lunch

April is Autism Awareness Month, and my 8 year old son Owen, has Autism. I thought I would feature one of Owen’s lunches today even though it is not a *bento* lunch, and give you some information about autism.

Autism affects 1 in 110 Children, and 1 in 70 Boys

Here are some of the warning signs
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age

Owen has a number of sensory issues. This is very common in people with autism.
What are the symptoms?
Children with sensory integration dysfunction cannot properly process sensory stimulation from the outside world. Your child may:
·   Either be in constant motion or fatigue easily or go back and forth between the two.
·   Withdraw when being touched.
·   Refuse to eat certain foods because of how the foods feel when chewed.
·   Be oversensitive to odors.
·   Be hypersensitive to certain fabrics and only wear clothes that are soft or that they find pleasing.
·   Dislike getting his or her hands dirty.
·   Be uncomfortable with some movements, such as swinging, sliding, or going down ramps or other inclines. Your young child may have trouble learning to climb, go down stairs, or ride an escalator.
·   Have difficulty calming himself or herself after exercise or after becoming upset.
·   Jump, swing, and spin excessively.
·   Appear clumsy, trip easily, or have poor balance.
·   Have odd posture.
·   Have difficulty handling small objects such as buttons or snaps.
·   Be overly sensitive to sound. Vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, hair dryers, leaf blowers, or sirens may upset your child.
·   Lack creativity and variety in play. For instance, your child may play with the same toys in the same manner over and over or prefer only to watch TV or videos.
Owen is a very picky eater, and it isn’t a situation where one can just *make him eat it or he gets nothing for dinner* he would actually eat nothing A LOT, nutrition is a big concern for us. Owen doesn’t just want sweets or junk, he dislikes anything soft or wet, and refuses to eat ice cream, pudding, most desserts really unless they have some good crunch, or strong flavours.

In the near future, we are going to start to try the Gluten/Dairy Free diet with Owen. It is something we tried and failed at once before because of all his food aversions. Now though, I have built up enough *likes* from Owen that I feel confident we can make it happen and stick with it long enough to see if it makes any difference. Owen has a Drs apt next month, and we are going to do the Celiac testing, and then I will officially start. It is very important to be tested before you remove anything from a person’s diet.

Here is a typical Owen school lunch. His lunch is packed in the OOTS Lunchbox. I love this sucker for him. It is perfect for an 8 year old boy or an adult, way too big for Ainnsley. Owen has 2 snacks and a lunch time.

Top to Bottom:
Blackbean corn chips (Garden of Eatin)
Clementine and grapes
Amy's Organic Lentil Soup, natural yogurt covered raisins and fruit strips

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Nest

It is the week before Easter, so my themed lunches are in full swing! Today Ainnsley got a special treat with Cadbury mini eggs in her lunch. I don’t often pack junk in her lunch, but for Halloween and Easter, I add 1 treat each day for the week.

As a family, we are scaling back the chocolate BIG time this year. With all of Grady’s allergies, it just isn’t fair, (though I plan to hand make some chocolate for him). Giving up Chocolate at Easter has been a hard thing for me to do. It was such a tradition in my childhood. Growing up, my Dad was a floor manager at a Cadbury’s factory (the luckiest kid in the world!!!). Easter was INSANE! I mean chocolate coming out of our ears! I can remember going up to our Great Grandfathers Farm for Easter one year to make maple syrup. My Dad telling us to go get the buckets out of the giant barn, only to find it FILLED with Cadbury Mini Eggs! I mean BURSTING with them. I bet you could still find some today… only about 25 years later.

I also remember going on tours of the factory. We got to bring grocery bags, and pick anything we wanted out of the broken bins… I remember stocking up on the sponge toffee of the Crunchy Bar; my favourite! And yes, I DO know the Caramilk Secret!

Hmm starting to see a reason for my prior poor eating habits.

Ainnsley's snack today:

Left to Right:
Natural yogurt covered raisins, Carrot and Bunny Cheese, 7 grain crackers
Cucumber bites with dried dill, strawberries


Left to Right:
Blackberries, salmon salad Chick shaped sandwich
Grape skewers, Cadbury Mini Eggs

I added this post to What's for Lunch Wednesday be sure to check it out there, along with all the other lunches :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bunny sandwich

A Bunny Jam Sandwich
(whole grain bread cut with cookie cutter, carrot whiskers, carob chip nose, cheese eyes, mouth and ears)
Watermelon with Bunny fork, and grapes with bunny skewer

Check out what else is for lunch today @ What's For Lunch Wednesday