Packed lunch ideas with Power NI Perks!

Friday, September 11, 2020

We’re a week into September and Ydele from Our Life At The Whitehouse is back to tell you how to make a packed lunch for the fussy eaters and save £££ on your shopping with Perks!


Fussy Eaters

Welcome back to Week 2 of my focus with ‘Back to School Packed Lunches’ in collaboration with Power NI. This time round I’m turning my attention to the fussy eaters - there are 1 or 2 in every household who are more ‘picky’ when it comes to food choices. Whether it’s a challenge over getting them to take a sandwich, a piece of fruit or even trying to get some calcium on board it can often be very frustrating for parents. That’s when we need to ‘dig deep’ with our tactics!!

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We really need to get the little ones on our side and whether that means getting creative  or getting the candy sneaked in, then where there's a will, there's a way. Approaches such as 'dressing up' the lunch options to be as cute and appetising as possible, perhaps along with a set of candy eyes is the start of making food much more appealing. Also, we all know how much children love a picnic, so perhaps communicating it in such a way that they will be getting a picnic style packed lunch - little bits and pieces of their favourite things is a sure way of getting their approval.

Using cookie cutters is a really simple way to bring 'character into their sandwich' in the form of a Teddy bear, a heart or a star... there are so many possibilities. Bringing into the bento box style of lunch is a great way of making lunch bright and attractive through various food groups, flavours, colours, textures, and the way in which it is presented in the lunch container.

The 'dangling' carrot method is another useful approach I will use, such as, today if you eat your ham sandwich along with some tomato and lettuce, you can have a treat. A smoothie, a chocolate bar or something I know they will love!

Naturally, if I mention there will be a couple of surprise haribos for the kids to find as well will only add to the excitement and give them further incentive to eat up their food. Perhaps having a reward chart system in operation at home will give them something to work towards with suitable rewards every week or perhaps something bigger to look forward to at the end of the month.

For more wisdom on what your little ones can bring to school, check out week 1 of the series here where I focus on how to keep their tummies full and energy up throughout the day, the healthy way!

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Ydele White - @ourlifeatthewhitehouse

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