Preparing school lunch for kids is one of the easy and simple tasks, but sometimes it can be challenging as well. Most of the parents use various innovative and fun ways to make sandwiches, stack fruit to resemble animals and chop vegetables to give them a rainbow appearance, still the children don’t eat the food. There may be numerous causes for this like:
- Time constraints
- Desire to stay clean
- Missing teeth
- Too many choices
Here we bring some tips to make exciting foods for your kids.
Kids have limited time to eat their lunch or breakfast, hence instead of over-packing you should provide smaller portions of food filled with nutrients. Be sure to provide small servings at least 4 food groups.
It takes time for the kids to open the containers. If they need to open a few, they have more time to eat their lunch. In most of the cases, children are unable to open their containers at all, so choose a lunch box with few compartments with an easy to open lid.
Prepare easy to eat food
Children who have lost their teeth may need to eat food which require less biting and can be chewed on the side in the mouth such as thin slices of pineapple, apples or pears; and cheese, squeeze yogurt and fruit pouches.
Limit luxury items
Children may choose to eat luxury items first. If they have restricted time, this may be all they eat. Some kids may also fill up on treats and never try the other more healthy foods in their lunch box.
Seek expert opinion
For kids who have medical problems, food allergies or sensory issues, eating a variety of foods may be more difficult. Mothers who are worried about their child’s food intake can get help from their pediatrician and a registered dietitian.
I hope these tips will make your child eat well in schools and have a healthy diet.