What's For Lunch?
NEOSCHOOL CAFETERIA - Have you ever been asked that age-old question, "What's for lunch?" It can
come at the oddest of times, like just after you've eaten breakfast, but it's
always the same, your pet always wants to know what's for lunch. And it doesn't
matter how many times you hear it, you always have to come up with an answer.
For those of you who never know what to fix or how to package it for Neoschool,
I am here to offer suggestions. Believe me, I've been in your situation and
I'm here to help!
The Lunch Box
There was a time, a very long time ago, when sending your Neopet to school
with a bagged lunch was found quite fit and appropriate. However, it seems that
all that has changed. Just this past year I sent my Uni, Indipsi, to her first
day of Neoschool with a perfectly healthy lunch enclosed in a paper bag. To
my surprise, she arrived home in a frenzy, insisting that everyone else at school
had a lunch box. She refused to take her lunch in a paper bag anymore.
Well, what could I say to that? I went down to the store and bought her a nice
plastic lunch box. She was much happier after that.
I'm sure that other Neopians are finding out the same thing that I did, so
I decided to cover the topic in this article. Seeing as there are so many lunch
boxes to choose from, I thought I'd discuss five of the more popular options.
1. Babaa Lunch Box I have noticed that this lunch box is quite popular
these days, especially with the "older" Neopets. They don't want to seem childish,
with Count Roo and Princess Fernypoo boldly displayed on their lunch tins, however
they don't want it to be too serious, either. Consequently, this black lunch
box with the adorable face of a Babaa and it's fashionable red handle makes
it an ideal choice.
2. Blue Cybunny Lunch Box This is a charming lunch pail that is still
popular with the younger Neopets. After all, who can resist the sweet face of
the blue Cybunny shown on the front? It also has enough room in it to hold quite
a sizeable lunch, which is perfect for the hungry youngsters. This is surely
one of the top sellers.
3. Lupe Warrior Lunch Box This lunch box is a fantastic choice for
all of those aspiring Lupe warriors out there. I know a lot of little Lupes
and Gelerts want to be just like Jeran some day and this is sure to get them
dreaming of all those adventures they'll have!
4. Sloth Lunch Box It seems that Sloth has even cast his evil spell
on the younger generation. An enormous amount of these lunch pails have already
been sold all over Neopia! To think that our little ones are being brain washed
into admiring him… either that or Sloth's armies are really hungry and need
a way to carry their lunch while they help him take over Neopia!
5. Top Security Lunch Box This has got to be my favorite lunch box of
all time. Whoever created the top security lunch box is a genius! I mean, with
this nifty invention no one will be able to steal your meal. The metal is extremely
flashy and the hand dandy lock provides great protection against theft. Just
be sure your pet doesn't forget the combination or they could be mighty hungry
by the time they get home.
What To Pack
Now that we've covered what kind of lunch box to get your pet, I think a lot of
you could use help figuring out what to put in it so that your pet's appetite
is quenched, but they aren't over fed. Personally, my favorite is simply a sandwich.
There are multiple options of things that you can put between two slices of bread,
so you are able to keep it simple but varied. Of course, not every pet likes sandwiches
and while you can vary it, it can still get quite boring. So here are some
options I have put together that should provide you with some ideas suitable for
Pre-Packed: I know that a lot of you are very busy making Neopoints
to support your Neofamily and of course there are some of you that are just
too lazy to pack a lunch for your pet, so let's start with a few options for
owners in such a situation. Lucky for you, there are four pre-packed lunches
(cheese and pickle, egg salad, gooseberry jam, and ham and mustard) available
for sale at the Main Food Shop. If you're really in a bind try picking one up
the night before. They're as good as home made!
For The Vegetarian: One of the biggest herbivorous pets I know of is
the Chomby. Of course, there are exceptions, not all are vegetarians, but if
your pet is adamant about maintaining a healthy, greens only diet, I'm here
to help. To begin with, there are many easy to fix options such as salads. Simply
toss some lettuce together with some fruits and vegetables and you've got yourself
a delicious meal! Or, try packing your pet a vegetarian cheeseburger. Just because
they don't eat meat doesn't mean they can't still enjoy the savory taste of
a burger every now and then. You'll find that there really are a lot of options
for vegetarian pets, including the vegetarian Krawk day pie, and the vegetarian
meat pie, among others. My favorite is the island meatloaf, which despite its
name has no meat in it! While not all of these foods look appealing, they sure
do taste good!
For The Meat-Eater: As there are some pets that refuse to eat meat,
there are others that refuse to eat anything but meat. For such a pet
there are many options. It seems that you can find practically anything
with meat. Take for example, meat cake. Who could imagine that someone makes
an entire cake out of meat? Yet they do, and you can buy it. The perfect dessert
for your carnivorous pet. For a main meal, try giving your pet an extra meaty
sandwich, there are no greens to be found on this sandwich and it's sure to
fill their belly. There's even meat a la twig, a piece of heated meat on a stick
for the most devoted meat-eater. So you see, feeding a meat-eater is not as
hard as it may seem.
Gourmet: What do you do if your pet will only eat the finest gourmet
foods, is that your next question? Well, there's a simple answer: Feed them
gourmet foods! While most are extremely expensive, there are some cheaper
options. For example, the packed lunches that I mentioned earlier are gourmet
and affordable, so you can give them what they want and have a little
extra time to spend on something else. Then for dessert, there are plenty of
gourmet treats including the Acara cabbage cake, which is both delectable and
Make It Personal
Don't just send your send your Neopet to Neoschool with their lunch; send them
with a little something extra. While this could be something fun like a cheap
air ring to show them you're thinking of them, I suggest sending a note. It
doesn't have to be something long and emotional, it can be something simply
like, 'Hey Tommy, I just wanted you to know I love you. Have a great day
at school!' This is something sweet and considerate that lets your pet know
how much you care about them. It's always nice to know you're loved.