What’s for Lunch?
The biggest hurdle in any meal is vegetables. And that is doubly true when lunch is being consumed somewhere outside your view, such as at daycare or school. Being realistic about what our kids will eat out of our sight means making it as attractive as possible and keeping portions small. Don’t send what you know they will waste, but at the same time, letting them see your commitment to vegetables sets up a lifelong brainwashing, in a good way.
Here are some tips:
- Invest in a crinkle cutter so your single carrot stick looks all wiggly and your celery stuffed with cream cheese has a wavy appearance.
- Find the dressing that suits each kid and pack it.
- Pick up some tiny containers that you can fill with salsa or guacamole. Both count as a veggie and even with just a smear of each on a cracker, you win!
- A few vegetables dipped into a very cheesy yogurt dip (1 cup yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup grated cheddar and 1 teaspoon of Mayo) and a handful of crackers make for a decent lunch.
- Try this Krispy Kale recipe and pack it in a hard container that is air tight to keep them crisp
- Find some of the new flavoured seaweed snacks in small packages. They are sweet or savory and have minerals to deliver.
Theresa Albert is a nutritionist and food communications consultant. Her Food Network show,Just One Bite! aired for 5 years on both Food Network and BBC Kids. She is currently a trusted on-camera correspondent for CTV Newschannel as well as CBC and regular health expert on the daily lifestyle show, Steven and Chris which airs internationally.
Named one of Canada’s Top 25 Tweeters by Today’s Parent Magazine and one of Savvymom.ca’s 35 Favorite Bloggers, she is called for comment from every major magazine, newspaper and television outlet in Canada. She has a weekly column in the Metro Newspaper and regularly writes features for Today’s Parent, Canadian Family Magazine and blogs at Huffington Post.
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