As a parent, it can be frustrating to have your child come home with an uneaten lunch, find out it has been traded with a schoolmate or as my friend once told me, simply thrown away.
To ensure your child eats what you pack, try some of these ideas:
- Plan ahead for the week and add the items to your regular shopping list. Ask your child for suggestions and let him or her help prepare school lunch.
- Choose a variety of foods from the major food groups: whole wheat bread, cut raw veggies, sliced fruit, and string cheese.
- One or two cookies make a fine dessert, as do low-fat pudding and sugar-free Jell-O. An active child needs some extra energy to get through the day.
- Provide milk money, or put milk in a small thermos.
- When including perishable foods, use a freezable cold pack. A frozen bottle of water, milk or juice will work. Your child can drink the thawed juice.
- Donít forget the value of attractive packaging. Decorate the bag with stickers, use holiday-themed napkins or include notes with jokes, cartoons or special messages
Introduce Your Little One To Gently Spiced Foods
- Mild salsa with toasted pita points.
- A baggie with 2 or 3 small cheese blocks would be good with the salsa.
- Grapes plucked from the stems with little squares of cheese pretty much guarantees your kid will enjoy this treat.
- Include green, red and yellow pepper slices with carrot sticks. These colorful veggies make it easy to get kids to eat them.
- Gently spiced meat loaf thinly sliced on crustless wheat bread cut into 4 hand (small hands) sized sandwiches. If your child enjoys pickles put a pickle round on the meat loaf.
It's easy to ensure that your children that your children have healthy snacks in school and at home.