Since Ophelia is going to school she needs more nutritional, healthy food to stay focused and happy throughout the day. Fortunately her school also pays a lot attention to healthy snacks and lunch. That means no cookies or chocolate in the lunch boxes! Instead of drinking juice or other ‘liquid sugars’ which children usually prefer, pupils are stimulated to drink water. Sounds boring right? Not for Ophelia! Check out how I ‘pimp’ her lunchbox in order to stimulate her having healthy nutrition.
Somewhere around 10 o’clock the pupils are having their snack time every day. To make Ophelia actually eat the things I prepared for her I always keep it simple but colourful! And as you know, there are plenty of colourful veggies and fruit out there. So why not? The night before she goes to school I usually ‘plan’ time to fill her box. Her box contain mostly a combination of blueberries, carrots, cucumber, banana, kiwi gold, cherry tomatoes, Babybell cheese (but be careful with this!), a single sandwich with peanut butter or jam (suddenly she likes this?), slices of apple or 4 grissini sticks (broken in half). I always make sure that she has a balanced combination of veggies, fruit, protein and carbohydrates together with a bottle of still water.
A friend of mine who organises after school activities with children, created this during one of the activities with the pupils. Cute, isn’t it?
Ofcourse you can also create such box at home during holidays or picknicks, family trips or even while playing in the backyard.
Yes, it does matter how it looks!
Ofcourse I don’t have time to create a bento box every morning for her, but I have learned that only a nice lunch box with her name on it and a cute little squirrel, will do! She likes it when everything what’s in the box is ordered properly. In a post before i wrote about our hectic mornings, so creating terrific, super bento boxes in the morning will be something to put on my ‘to do/plan list’. I think it’s a great way to stimulate your toddler to eat varied food. So, eat the rainbow! Even though it’s still summer break, you can practice your ‘bento skills’ by trying one of the boxes above. Have fun!
Warm lunch at school
At school all pupils eat a warm lunch. This is organised by Menupartner and I must say I am very happy with what they serve to the children. Because Ophelia already had eaten warm at school, mostly she does not dinner at home. A sandwich mostly ‘covers’ her appetite around dinner time.
What do you prepare for your child for snack/lunch time?