On Thursday night we hosted a class about packing toddler lunches. It was a great class to discuss how to pack wholesome and interesting lunches for your little one. Kathryn, the teacher, explained that she, like many of the parents at the class felt like some times she gets into ruts with her lunches. I knew many parents felt the same way. What I didn't know was that these ruts can actually be detrimental to our little kiddos. It can often have a negative effect on their willingness to try different foods, closing their minds and stomachs to many things early on. Kids will not starve to death, as hard as it may be to let them go without meals it is important to let them know they can't just eat hot dogs and pancakes. Eventually their biology will take over and they will eat so don't feel pressured to give in to demands.
Find places that inspire you for recipes and ideas. Keeping kids lunches interesting and fun can help win the battle over picky appetites!
Here are a few of our favorite blogs for inspiration:
A few tips we learned from Kathryn:
- Find ways to hide veggies in their food. (Try the veggie cream cheese recipe below for inspiration)
- Add nutritional yeast to their food, it is an amazing way to get omegas and nutrients and they will think it is a special topping!
- Kids love to dip so use hummus, or other things in their lunches for them to dip their veggies into
- Oatmeal with fruit is a great toddler lunch. For a boost of vitamin B12 make with coconut milk
- Freeze leftover veggies and fruits for meals later on
- Send greek yogurt for lunch as an alternative to other yogurts, it is lower in sugar
- Baby lead weaning recipes are great for little ones and the whole family
- Freeze smoothies in a Silisqueeze container and then pack for lunch in the morning and it will thaw by lunch time.
Here are a few of the products we love for packing lunches:
- Kids Konserve Insulated Jars
- Kids Konserve Nesting Trio
- Kangovou Dishware set with a great lunch tray!
- Dabbawalla Washable Lunch Bag
- Eco Lunchbox Bento Box
Here are two recipes from the class that we were lucky enough to sample:
The next two recipes are from weelicious.com