Well... Alex's first day of school is behind us! Lots of good things on the first day, but a couple of not so great things. One... somehow they were short locks for the lockers so none of the 8th graders got their lockers yesterday. That meant that for an ENTIRE day the 8th graders had to carry all of their supplies with them all.day.long (you know... the big start of school supply list... paper towels, kleenex, big packages of paper, boxes of pens, etc.). The last teacher of the day took some of the supplies, but the rest he had to carry home again, only to bring back them back today. They should have locks today though (fingers crossed).
The second bad thing is that he has last lunch period. He starts school at 8:00, but doesn't have lunch until 1:30. No biggie... he can just pack a snack to eat between classes, right? Except that all of the paperwork that we got yesterday stressed that there was to be no food eaten outside of the cafeteria. This is an especially big issue as his hardest class (high school algebra) is his last class before lunch. What to do? I have a couple of ideas, but didn't have the supplies to pull them off last night. But after some quick internet searches, I decided to try making some energy bites that maybe he can sneak in between classes.
Here are the bites we made last night...
MOMables website. So that's where I started... with the MOMables No Bake Energy Bites recipe. That link lead me to the Smashed Peas and Carrots version. I didn't have the exact ingredients for either recipe, but the Smashed Peas and Carrots one helped lead me through some substitutions. So, we made our own version! What I was missing was coconut and flax seeds... what I substituted was wheat germ and some crushed Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins cereal. They turned out really good! Clara and I did a little sampling as we made them into bite-sized pieces :-)
We'll see how they worked after Alex gets home from school. We're going to work on some other ideas as well. Thinking that maybe he could keep a smoothie in an insulated bottle in his locker for quick sips between classes. Also thinking of ways to beef up breakfast. He likes to eat breakfast at school in the mornings and usually has a bowl of cereal. His main reason for eating breakfast at school is that he likes being on time... eating at home and shooting for an arrival time closer to start time makes him nervous (he takes public transportation which can be a bit unpredictable at times). I asked him yesterday if he can eat a packed meal in the cafeteria during the breakfast time. He thinks that he can. So, we're thinking a protein packed breakfast from home eaten right before school starts might help as well. Working this week to plan that and hopefully can start with that next week.