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Port Chester Mom Plans Out Meals With Son

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Sebastian may only be in Kindergarten, but he knows what he likes and doesn't like to eat, so his mother worked out a system to plan out his lunches."We look at the lunch calendar together," said Amanda Santos, Sebastian's mother. "We go through each day and I ask him if he wants it."

For the days that the menu doesn't agree with Sebastian's palate, Santos has planned to pack him a lunch. All Port Chester schools' lunch menus are available online.

On Monday's lunch menu at Park Avenue School was a meatball hero, bologna sandwich or chef salad, but Sebastian opted out for a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich.Although Santos lets her son decide whether to eat a school lunch or a packed one, she makes sure that he gets a balanced meal."If don't think he had enough vegetables at lunch, I make sure he eats them at dinner," said Santos.Santos said the school lunches are convenient, but in some ways she prefers packing him a lunch."If I pack his lunch then I can see what he did and didn't eat at the end of the day," said Santos. "But I can't do that with the school lunch."Regardless, there are things on the school's menu that Sebastian just doesn't want to miss out on."I'm a big fan of the French toast," he said.

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