Healthy and Fun Lunchbox Ideas
, by Anne Le Gurun
Let face it: children are incredibly opinionated about everything from their favorite toys to which socks they will be wearing today. So packing a healthy lunch can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know where to start or if you have picky eaters. A healthy lunch is essential, so we put together some useful tips on how to make a fun lunch that keeps your kids fueled all day the nutritious way.
Bento boxes are the latest craze, the individual compartments allow for easier meal prep and help remind us of correct portion sizes. But what are some healthy bento box ideas your kids will love? The key is appealing to the senses using a variety of combinations of colors, shapes, and textures.
Remember when your kids were still in their high chairs and the only way to get them to eat their fruits and vegetables was to turn each spoonful into a spaceship, a car, or a shooting star? Well, you can use the same concept to get picky eaters to try new things with a few food mold mini cookie cutters and a little imagination. From fruits and vegetables to sandwiches and wraps, you can make you child’s lunch box the envy of the class.
Creating a colorful lunch will not only catch your child’s attention, it will also encourage him or her to try some healthy and tasty new foods! Research shows that if you can get kids to eat most foods by the time they are in high school, they will eat nearly everything by adulthood, so it is really important to expose your child to different foods at an early age.
Wondering how to help your child overcome picky eating so they get all the fruits and vegetables they need? From “crunchy” to “soft,” food textures can be a real challenge for parents. Every type of food we eat has a different texture, and when you have more than one child with different texture tastes, you can begin to feel like you are running a restaurant at home! With toddlers, the high chair is your friend, as you can get your child to play and experiment with different type of food. One of the keys is to familiarize your kid's senses with the opposite texture. Another key is to expose your child to a variety of food at an early age while having fun at it by creating some easy and healthy snacks like ants on log or teddy bear toast!
We all need a sweet treat now and then. Kids like to have a little dessert in their school lunches, and we should know what we're giving them. Have fun with your little ones by making delicious and healthy snacks to pack in their bento box for lunch! Check out this recipe for corn cookies with lemon curd filling or any five of these healthy desserts for school lunches.