I took their lead, and created Smart School Time Recipes, a free ecookbook filled with quick breakfast and lunch ideas that anyone in the world could access. To date, it has been downloaded by roughly a half a million people. That is some serious interest in healthy lunches!
And now, I’m happy to report on another “healthy lunch” company that we just stumbled upon, Wholesome Tummies. They have actually been around for a few years, but were a new discovery for us. Unlike the two options above, this one isn’t free, but the company does focus on affordable, custom-made, healthy meals that are delivered right to the schools.
The menu items are developed by a nutritionist, and are free of trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, nitrates and preservatives. They also cater to a range of dietary needs, including dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian. Parents order and pay online, with prices ranging from $3.25 to $4.75. The entrees use fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but are presented in a kid-friendly way.
At present, Wholesome Tummies has several franchises in Florida: Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Palm Beach County. And they are of course looking to expand wherever there is demand.
But Wholesome Tummies isn’t the only healthy lunch-minded company out there. Revolution Foods has also been delivering healthy lunches to school kids since 2006. They service California, Colorado and Washington, D.C. The Lunch Lady delivers healthy eats to numerous schools across Canada, and Fantazimo Food in the Seattle area states, “Our company specializes in nutritious lunches for kids, especially kids with special dietary needs and those with allergies.” We're definitely loving that!
Though the school year is wrapping up in the next couple of months, this is the time to plan your options (and those for your child's school) for the next school year.
Encourage healthier school lunches across the nation. If your child's school won't provide them, then invite these types of healthy lunch services into your area, and send the free ecookbook, Smart School Time Recipes, to other parents who care for more homemade ideas. Remember, these recipes are great for summer break too!
Article by by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.