Honestly, I can't open yet another lunch box and see the fruit I sliced up go into the bin. Kills me.
I'm all for sneaking veggies into my kids dinners but when I'm not around, like school lunches, I need to rely on a bit of creativity / ingenuity to ensure they eat well.So I played to their imaginations and silly sense of humour and you know, it worked!
Well, maybe 7 times out of 10 but I'll take what I can get.It's not rocket science, just a little bit of thinking outside the lunch box, so to speak.
Here are a few of my favourites..Shh, don't tell.
1. An orange / mandarin or really any fruit that needs peeling tastes so much better when there is a happy face drawn on it with ‚Äúeat me‚Äù written next to it.
2. The sandwich bag can be labelled ‚ÄúSecret superhero energy food‚Äù or ‚ÄúPrincess delights‚Äù
3. The old and tired looking box of sultanas can be ‚ÄúTop secret energy drops.
4. Broccoli florets can be renamed “baby trees” or “dinosaur food.” Pack in some healthy dips like hummus and see them disappear quickly into hungry tummies.
5. Anything mini is always a hit.
6. Get out the cookie cutter and turn sandwiches into hearts, stars, smiley faces, etc
7. Invest in a sushi roll maker and roll up sliced cucumbers and avocado into sushi rolls. Throw in some chicken for protein.
8. Make frozen yoghurts packed with fresh fruit and slushies - just freeze them in reusable pouches and they will keep nice and cool till lunchtime.
9. Veggie and fruit kebabs - honestly, anything cut up and on a stick does well for some strange reason
10. Bliss balls packed with goodness
The list goes on but you get the idea. And of course these can all be applied to home meals too of course.Just needs a bit of preparation and imagination.