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  • Writer's pictureTracy Davies

Lunchbox Lessons - 5 Lunchbox Mistakes I Made So You Don't Have To!

We've all been there – staring down at a lunchbox filled with rejected sandwiches and untouched snacks, wondering where it all went wrong. Picky eaters can be a tough crowd, but fear not! With a little creativity and a dash of patience, we can transform those lunchtime blues into a culinary adventure.

Top Lunchbox Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Monotony Meltdown: Variety is the spice of life, and the key to winning over picky palates. Avoid packing the same sandwich day in and day out. Instead, mix things up with wraps, salads, or even DIY lunchable-style boxes.

  2. Texture Trouble: Picky eaters often have strong preferences when it comes to textures. Keep things interesting by including a mix of crunchy, creamy, and chewy options. Think carrot sticks with hummus, yogurt with granola, or apple slices with peanut butter.

  3. Sneaky Veggie Syndrome: Hiding veggies may seem like a clever strategy, but it can backfire if your little one catches on. Instead, involve them in the meal planning process. Let them choose a new veggie to try each week and incorporate it into their lunchbox in fun and creative ways.

  4. Overlooking Favorites: While it's tempting to focus on introducing new foods, don't forget about your child's favorite staples. Whether it's a beloved fruit, cheese, or snack, including familiar favourites can provide a sense of comfort and familiarity.

  5. Portion Perils: Keep portion sizes in check to avoid overwhelming your child. Opt for smaller, snack-sized portions that they can easily manage throughout the day. And don't forget to pack plenty of water to keep them hydrated and energized!

Lunchbox Success Strategies

Now that we've identified the pitfalls, let's explore some winning strategies to conquer the lunchbox blues!

  1. Get Creative: Think outside the (lunch)box! Experiment with fun shapes, colours, and themes to make mealtime more exciting. Use cookie cutters to create playful shapes from sandwiches, fruit, and cheese, or try assembling a rainbow-inspired bento box.

  2. Build Your Own Adventure: Empower your child by letting them build their own lunchbox creations. Set up a DIY sandwich or salad station with an array of ingredients for them to choose from. Not only does this encourage independence, but it also allows them to tailor their meal to their preferences.

  3. Lead by Example: Children are more likely to try new foods if they see their parents and peers enjoying them. Be a lunchtime role model by incorporating a variety of nutritious foods into your own meals and sharing the experience with your child.

  4. Celebrate Small Victories: Encourage adventurous eating habits by celebrating small victories along the way. Whether it's trying a new food or finishing their entire lunchbox, praise their efforts and offer positive reinforcement to foster a healthy relationship with food.

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