Zander’s 1st School Lunch


Today is Zander’s third day at Montessori school and the first time I am leaving him there for the full morning–which means that he needed to bring his lunch. Although I miss him terribly, I have to admit that I like the idea of making little lunches for him each day, so you’ll probably see a number of blogs reflecting this new practice in coming weeks.

Today’s lunch includes: baby carrots, raw broccoli, a vegan ranch dressing that is high in omega 3s (made with flax and hemp seeds), smoked tofu sticks, fresh grapes, freeze-dried strawberries, and little finger sandwiches made of vegan roast beef deli slices, Daiya vegan cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, and mustard on whole grain bread. I also packed some “cheesy” raw kale chips and an orange for Zander’s snack.

The Montessori teachers send home whatever food is uneaten so parents/caregivers can take this information into consideration when planning that night’s dinner, as well as future lunches. I can’t wait to find out what made the cut today and what didn’t!

I am also experimenting with slow cooking this week (I’m eating cooked foods again, while still trying to maintain a high raw percentage). I bought a crock pot last week and have everything prepped and ready to go for tonight’s dinner–Thai red curry veggies and tofu. This will be our very first slow cooked meal. Time permitting, I’ll report on that dish tomorrow!


About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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