Lunchables; The Unfood
Yes they are inexpensive, Yes they are convenient. No, it doesn’t seem right.
I visited my daughter’s Kindergarten class for lunch, the girl next to her was eating a Nachos and Cheese Lunchable. She plugged away at the chips, she didn’t like the cheese or the salsa. Hopefully for her, snack time brings some joy because I don’t think she got what Michelle Obama was hoping for.
I did some research because I felt it was my duty to inform my readers about these mystery meals.
To start, their marketing is virtually impenetrable. After cruising around their website for a bit, I was ready to sit down and break open a “Chicken Dunks.” This tasty combo has a few chicken nuggets (that will not be heated), a ketchup pack, a juice and (last but not least) an Airhead Taffy. Blue Raspberry flavor no less. This lunchable is so good that 45 people felt compelled to ‘Like” it on Facebook. Puzzling.
The calories are low, the cost is low, the bad ingredients are pretty low so what gives? Size.
Everything in a lunchable is a mini version of itself. Many of the products look similar in size on the packaging but are really shrunken stand-ins.
Let’s take the Ham and Cheddar with crackers. Kraft calls us to, “beat the lunchtime blues” with this pack. I’m not sure your kid will have the strength to beat anything. The entire meal is only 90 grams, about 3/4 the size of a medium banana. The good news is it only has 120 Calories from fat, that’s just under a regular taco bell taco.
Sometimes as a parent you have to follow your gut (or in this case, your kid’s gut). Feeding your kid a cold and fake deep dish pizza that they assemble themselves at the lunch table can’t be good even if it comes with two mini double stuff Oreos.