Make lunch easy and fun for your kids. Let them create their own lunch from a range of healthy options, and they will be much more interested in eating it.
Asides from love, I believe the greatest gift you can give your kids is nutrition. Strong healthy bodies can be built only from what goes in your mouth, so make this a healthy choice. If you want your kids to eat healthily, you must lead from the front. Make great food choices a part of your family culture, and have some fun with growing your own food – sprouting, in pots on a window sill, or metre-square gardens. Check out your pantry and fridge. Are they full of great food choices that move you closer to health? If not, it’s time for a clean out. Then restock with simple, unprocessed foods. A good rule of thumb is the less ingredients and the closer it is to its natural state, the better.
- Keep serving sizes small, in easy-to-open containers; provide variety; and get the kids involved in the process.
- Lunchbox suggestions: mini veg pieces, scrummy dips, frozen fruit pieces, mini bananas, kebabs, sushi rolls, scroggin, natural yoghurts with added fruit, pita bread, wraps, homemade mini muffins, mini frittatas, popcorn and Annies
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- Changing food habits always meets with resistance. With persistence, taste buds do adjust! Start with little steps and teach your child to ask of each piece of food they are going to eat, “Do I want to make my next cell out of you?”
- Make lunch easy and fun for your kids. Let them create their own lunch from a range of healthy options, and they will be much more interested in eating it. Spread out all your ingredients on the kitchen bench or table, for example, and get the kids to make their lunch from those choices.
- It’s especially good for them to see you making your lunch from the same range of healthy options – kids love to feel like they are eating ‘grown up’ foods too.
Annie Giles is the founder of Annies Marlborough Ltd.