What’s in Your Little’s Lunchbox? Estelle Shares
By Estelle Hayes
My daughter, Emerson, is a four year-old creature of habit – much like her mama. She has some variation of this every single school day. Cheese quesadilla, apple sauce pouch and on occasion an organic yogurt tube or chewy granola bar and water.
Overall, I’m o.k. with this lunch. Sure, I wish there was a whole fruit of some sort involved. Say, an apple or a bowl of strawberries, but she eats berries with dinner every single night. And I’m thinking of springing a whole wheat tortilla on her some time soon. I’d love to try my hand at a homemade granola bar since she’s pretty excited about helping out in the kitchen whenever and wherever she can and I’d welcome a less-processed snack staple.
In general, I’ve found that talking honestly with her about the food she eats has helped to advance the actual variety of food she eats. We talk a lot about how our bodies “thank us” for fresh fruits and veggies and how her bones, muscles and brain is constantly growing and needs nutritious food. She likes this conversation (even if she still fusses over veggies on her dinner plate).
Don’t get me wrong, she still asks for special candy treats and cookies and is not shy in sharing with me when a classmate gets a sweet or a juice box stashed in their lunch. I try to listen without judgement (I’m not looking to demonize dessert) and assure her that she gets plenty of treats, but our family likes to save them for home time or special outings.
What are you packing in your little’s lunchbox? Have you struggled over white vs. whole wheat bread? Do you pack a daily sweet treat? No judgement, here, I promise. Let’s help each other. Share your tips on how to get your kids eating more whole foods. And if you want to share your little’s lunch routine, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See what Melissa of Reverie-Daydream packs for her daughter.
Photo credit: Estelle Hayes