For Valentine’s Day I sent my little guy a rice heart. I have noticed he’ll eat more rice when it’s shaped than when it’s loose (find the product here). When I made the rice, I used 1.5 cups white rice to 0.5 cups black rice, which you can purchase at Asian grocery stores. I like diluting the black rice, because when I have made “pure” black rice, it’s a little over-powering. This lunch felt sparse to me, but I after roughly two weeks of poor lunch eating, I scaled back a little. They didn’t give him the lollipop so when we left the daycare and people were handing out bright red cookies and milk chocolate, he was happily sucking on a Yummy Earth lollipop. Sometimes I feel like a food prude but it’s my son’s tummy and health at stake and I won’t compromise. Daycare menu: soynut butter and jelly sandwiches, mandarin oranges, peas with yogurt and fruit as snacks.