We’re three weeks into a new phase in our lives: school lunches. After 7 years home education, Aviya has decided that she wants to try school. She’s loving it, so far, but as a fussy eater, school lunches aren’t her thing. We’ve had to take fairly drastic steps for school lunches, as initially her menu plan worked out to ‘just’ £10.50 a day. Yeah. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.
What you pack for your child’s lunch might not seem like a big deal, but the truth is that it can play a key role in establishing healthy habits for your child to carry throughout the rest of their life. We’ve discussed various things though, and come to some conclusions.
You are the biggest role model for your young children, who likely want to mirror everything you do in some way. If you are not eating healthy in your day-to-day life, it is likely that your children are not going to want to eat healthy either! Show your children how you pack your own healthy lunches like those from Lean Kitchen and they will feel more encouraged to eat their own. You should also take the time to talk to your child about healthy foods and the many benefits of eating them. Eating healthy can be fun and exciting, and when your child recognizes this, they are more likely to want to do it.
Make Lunch Fun
Make your child’s lunch as fun as possible by incorporating fun colored containers and sweet notes. This will leave your child eager to open up their lunch box, and will ensure that they are excited to eat what you’ve packed! Depending on school policy sweet treats could be fruit roll ups or other fruits – it doesn’t have to be sugar to be good.
One of the best ways to encourage your child to eat the lunch you’ve packed for them is by allowing them to help you pack it. Giving your child a fair amount of control over what is packed in their lunch will not only ensure that they are taking things they actually want to eat, but it will get them excited about their packed lunch. This is also great for older children to do as it will allow you to transition to giving them the responsibility of packing their own lunches for themselves in the future, which has been a major bonus for us as she now even makes her own green smoothies every morning.