Lunch bag makeover
(NC)—Are you bored with packing the same lunch for your family every day? Are your kids coming home with half eaten sandwiches and uneaten apples? This time of year many children are in need of a lunch bag makeover to give them the energy they need to get through the afternoon. Breakfast for Learning suggests following these three easy tips to brighten up your child's brown bag lunch.
1. Alter the shape. Whether it's cutting an orange into easy–to–eat bite–sized pieces, slicing up a mundane apple to mimic a beautiful fan or simply cutting a sandwich into three pieces instead of two, changing the appearance of your child's food will spark their interest and give them the enthusiasm they need to eat the nutritious lunch that you've packed.
2. Makeover your sandwich. Transform your ordinary sandwich into an impressive entrée. Leave the bread at home and stuff your sandwich fixings into a pita, roll them into a wrap, or toss them over a bed of lettuce. Stimulate your child's creativity by simply packing ingredients and letting your child assemble his/her own lunch. (Hint: kids love making mini sandwiches out of dinner rolls or crackers.)
3. Introduce something new.We all know that variety is the spice of life, so why not spice up your lunch bag with something exotic? Once a week surprise your child with a new fruit or vegetable and at the end of the day have a family discussion about what everyone thought of this unfamiliar product.
More information on the importance of healthy eating and great recipe ideas can be found online at www.breakfastforlearning.ca.