So… the question I get asked more than any other about my lunches….is how much gets eaten? Do your lunches come back…empty?
Here’s today’s preschool lunch and morning tea:
And here’s what we got home:
I’m really annoyed that she didn’t eat all that soy sauce (I’m joking). Because other than that it’s empty!
But why is it so? Am I just blessed with a child who eats everything?
I don’t think so- we plan and pack the lunches together, looking at whats in the fridge and what she feels like. It makes a real difference I truly think that’s what helps me to get empty lunchboxes home. It’s also important to help her grow up with a sense of making her own choices around food.
Master 3 on the other hand hasn’t quite gotten the foreplanning thing yet and therefore it’s a lot harder to predict what he will eat. So his aren’t always empty.
Miss 5 really like the experience of things she has baked and made going in her lunchbox and has admitted that makes her feel like she has achieved something. The great thing about the yumbox is it basically prompts healthy eating by the compartments being marked out. She asked today “What’s the circle for?” and I said “a treat!” she suggested the blueberries. She loves her fruit, so I’m also blessed in that sense.
So I want you to take a step back, ask your kids what they want! It might make a difference to how much is coming home in the lunchbox. No guarantees, but it is one step towards ensuring that only things your kids want (within reason of course!) are going to school/preschool which means you should be one step closer to empty lunchboxes coming home!