Yeah, me too.
We are officially back-to-school.
As of this morning I officially have a child in Kindergarten and a child in second grade. Indulge me for a minute as a I share a fun picture of my GGG boys in their obligatory first day of school photos.
Aren’t they cute? I love these kids.
Ok, back to what you came here for …
This awesome list of 50+ Lunch Box Sides, Snacks and Treats is filled with a variety of ideas from fruits to vegetables to chips and sweets. Now, before you start attacking me for my treats section let me tell you a little bit about my boys and their eating habits. My boys, ages 7 and 5, are incredibly adventurous, amazing eaters.
As toddlers I made all of my boys’ baby food from scratch. They rarely decline new foods and have well-rounded palettes. From a wide range of fruits and vegetables to ethnic foods such as Indian, Japanese, French and Greek – my boys eat it all.
Do I have a magic technique to raising healthy eaters? I don’t know. But here is what I do and it works for my kids. It may not work for yours but I have been feeding my kids this way since they were the smallest of babies and I can honestly tell you meal time has never, ever been a struggle.
1. I serve a small side of fruit with breakfast, lunch and dinner – always, even in their packed lunches.
2. Vegetables are served with lunch (also packed with their lunches) and dinner – always. Remember kids eat with their eyes so choose colorful fruits and veggies – and fresh is always best!
3. Whatever is served has to be tried – even if it is just one small bite.
4. If my children don’t like a new food I reintroduce it at a later time. I continue to introduce a “new” food several times. Often the new food that was once scoffed at is later accepted. I also like introducing new foods when my children are the most hungry. Maybe try a new food for lunch, after school or after a sporting event or practice. Hungry kids are a new food’s best friend.
5. Dessert is not considered a treat. Desserts are considered the end to a meal. I offer a small lunch box dessert and a larger dessert after dinner. Desserts are not something we use to lure the boys to eat their meal and if they choose to eat their dessert first while at school I am ok with that. I try to pick my battles.
I know packing a lunch day after day can be exhausting. So, when you are fried and can’t think of another lunch box side, snack or treat, use this handy little cheat sheet to help you fill those lunch boxes and bags in a flash.
Lunch boxes don’t have to be boring – give them a makeover!
Happy Lunch Packing Season!
GGG TIP: Buy snacks in bulk. I visit my local BJs Wholesale Club to stock up on lunch box items once a month. Many of the items come in large packs and can get you through lots and lots of packed lunches.
This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo and Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps