This is a guest post from Christine at Adventure Baby. I love Christine’s blog as she is always giving me new destinations and adventures to lust after. I asked Christine to guest post after seeing so many judgemental comments about the lunches other people make in the lunchbox group I admin. You can read more about that here. If you’d like to contribute to Don’t Judge My Lunch Series designed to help dispel lunch judgement, get in touch!
My daughter is in preschool and requires a separately packed morning tea and lunch. I have the dual challenge of having a picky eater as well as being a vegetarian. She will sometimes eat fish, like battered fish or fish fingers, but otherwise she is vegetarian like I am.
So what do I pack for a fussy vegetarian preschooler?
I have two lunch boxes pictured – the first was a colder day where her morning tea was banana bread, vegemite sandwich on wholemeal grain bread and watermelon. Lunch this day was a banana and a lentil and vegetable soup that I’d made the day before for dinner and then pureed. I use a kids’ Thermos for the soup to keep it warm until lunch.
The second day is more of a regular lunch that she had the day after Easter. Morning tea is strawberries (her favourite fruit) and vegemite sandwiches with a Babybel cheese, and lunch is banana bread, peeled and sliced apple, avocado, cooked dinosaur pasta, mini pikelets with butter and a tiny chocolate Easter egg. The Easter egg treat was a one-off. She would usually have a grape or raspberry in this spot, or a dipping sauce. Funnily enough, my daughter doesn’t really like chocolate so this egg came back home again uneaten!
With a vegetarian I have to make sure she is getting enough protein in her diet, as well as the nutrients provided by fruits and vege, plus carbs for energy. Her favourite part of her lunch is the banana bread which is why it’s always included – it’s the only part that is guaranteed to be eaten every day.