It’s always hard when kids just aren’t interested in the lunchbox and what goes into it! We spend so much time making our lunches fun and yum. As a Mum I can’t do it all myself. So I’ve enlisted the help of Mamee to make our lunches fun.
My son is a picky eater. Not an extreme picky eater, he will eat lots of things but he likes to have an opinion about everything he eats and he likes to push the boundaries of my patience and creativity. For his benefit, I have had to become a lot more exciting with my lunches. He loves fruit and veg…but doesn’t like it presented the same way or the exact same stuff two days in a row.
Here are my 4 top ways to keep lunchboxes fun and yum:
- If your kids like fruit and veggies. CAPITALISE on it.If they don’t then here’s some sure-fire ways to make them more fun for the lunchbox, and hopefully get them eaten! Cute shapes are always a winner for fruit and veg, whether you cut fruit into stars or turn strawberries into hearts, making things look cute helps with getting them to try things. Pair them with some snacks they already love and you’re onto a winner. Carrot and cucumber coins are perfect for the lunchbox and make sure the kids are getting some extra veggies into their day.
- Fun but healthy treats. Mamee’s range of healthy but fun treats appeal to kids because they are easy to eat with great flavours. My kids are particular fan of the rice sticks- in the cheese flavour. They are an awesome healthy alternative to chips (they are amber for school canteens too). We like to pop them in the treat hole of the yumbox. They are gluten free, made with responsible, sustainable palm oil and come in two flavours: cheese and vegetable and are available from the Gluten free aisle at Woolworths.
- Lunchbox notes give picky kids a reason to open their lunchbox to see what they are going to find. There are lots available to buy online, or you can print these off and use them as they are or laminate them for ongoing use. Not every treat has to be sugar filled! Jokes are great to pop in the lunchbox too, particularly for shy kids as they can chat to the kid next to them and share a joke at lunch time.
- Kids need crunchy food, it’s really important for their oral development plus they often really like crunchy textures. When nuts aren’t an option (most schools and preschools are nut free) it’s hard to find alternatives to add crunch! I find that kids are more likely to try crunchy foods than soft foods, strange but true! For this week we’ve been trying out the Mamee noodle snacks, crunched up and popped into the recess box. My son in particular is a fan of the chicken ones! They are also great on top of a lunchbox salad to give extra crunch and fun.
Check out the range of Mamee Rice Sticks and Noodle Snacks at Woolworths, conveniently packaged in 8 and 10 packs to store in the cupboard for when the snack attack occurs!
Need more tips? Here are some awesome ideas from Oh So Busy Mum!