Healthy lunch fun

Recently I purchased some new lunch boxes for the kids, mainly because I realised Will couldn’t open the small Decor boxes all by himself. As he is going to start school next year (yeah — jaw drop), I thought it might be a good idea to use boxes with lid clips.

I had a lot of fun packing these lunches! In each box, I put:

  • 3 celery sticks
  • 4 green beans
  • Half a mushroom, cut into pieces
  • Two cherry tomatoes
  • Some lettuce
  • A small pot of honey-sweetened greek yoghurt
  • Half a sandwich cut into heart shapes
  • 4 plain rice crackers
  • A pot of 4 green olives

I knew that some of the food would come back because the kids find the yoghurt quite filling. I was surprised to find that William had picked at his food:

Evie did a better job, leaving only a few bits in the bottom:

I think William wasn’t very hungry that day, or possibly there was an over-abundance of fruit at morning tea time! In any case, I let both kids have another go at the lunch box whilst I made tea.

Evie polished off most of her box, but William didn’t touch it (or his dinner either). That’s why I call my kids “Friend to Chickens”! The leftovers went out to the orchard for the chooks.

I continue to pack vegetables in their lunch boxes, even when I know they won’t eat it all. Why? Because that way this is a “normal” lunch. I want my kids to understand that vegetables form the bulk of what you should eat. They are not just a “side dish at dinner”.

You’d be surprised how many different vegetables kids will eat, if they get regularly served different choices!

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