It’s that time again (I can hear the groan from here)! Time to think about packing school lunches every day for the next school year. I’m thinking that it might make you want to run and hide.
How about something different this year? Take the pressure off and get your kids to make their own lunch. Yes, it is possible, I promise.
Did you know that 85% of kids who participate in preparing a meal are more likely to eat to eat the meal than not? This is for you, mom and dad. Get your kids involved in the process of making lunches. It’s never too early or late!
While it might seem like it’s going to take a while to get them into the flow of making their own lunch, start this school year as you mean to continue. Here’s my step-by-step advice:
For younger kids around kindergarten to grade 6, know that they can get distracted, so small finger foods are a great option.
From grade 7 onward, the cool factor needs to be taken into account and lunch needs to keep them from the fast-food restaurants as they have more freedom.
Snacks:Chocolate Chip Cookies
* Recipes for all bolded menu items above are taken from Sprout Right Family Food
Don’t forget a drink, and a juice box doesn’t cut it. Most kids won’t remember to take a swig of water before the gym or game, so try to talk to them and have their favourite water bottle for them. Dilute juice in water or offer coconut water as the perfect sports drink.
Do your kids make their own lunch? If not, will you start this year?
After years of working with very frustrated parents of varying degrees of picky eaters, I’ve been doing a deep dive into how to best help you. A group of parents shared their take on how their child is picky and it ranges in issues. The most common thing that I hear from parents is that they’re done with the struggle of fighting to get their kids something healthy and nutritious to eat – that they love! Some people still search recipe books (like my mine - Sprout Right Family Food), and now with the internet, they’re also spending hours searching online for different recipes to make their picky eaters try something a bit more nutritious than chicken fingers and French fries.
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