Every day in every way we parents want to do the best we can for our kids, keeping them healthy, helping them make sense of the world, assisting them to learn about daily routines and the whys and the wherefores of life. To that end I went to a fabulous talk on communicating with kids given by Katherine Fortier and hosted by www.passionateparenting. nl. Naturally, the topic of kids eating veggies raised its testy head and I saw a number of nodding heads and reminded me of the very many kids who appear to believe that meals should be green, orange and cabbage free. There are things we parents can do to help kids (and adults) develop their taste buds further and simply delight in a lovely tasty rainbow of fruit and vegetables. Our top tips for packed lunches are:
Taste it – nobody likes soggy food!
Taste it yourself after half a day – maybe the sandwiches/salad/snacks aren’t quite so tasty after 4 hours of sitting in a squashed school bag in a warm hall. Consider searching on Amazon.com for some gel lunch containers which you can freeze overnight and keep the food lovely and cold. Or check out the thermos selection at camping shops for your child’s soup, rice or pasta dishes.
Use the best of ingredients – organic where possible, fresh, firm and crunchy. Freeze less than prefect fruit for smoothies.
Make small portions and place in separate containers – four different chopped veggies so your child can make a salad themselves.
Variety is the spice of lunch – try different things every week and do eat a rainbow!
There is no such thing as Kids Food – chicken nuggets with chips is not a balanced meal
Involve your kids in making their lunch, in going to the market and in cooking
Make it look good and pack it well with ice packs etc.