How can I get my child to eat a nutritious meal when they won’t eat anything! I am frequently approached by frantic parents who want to make sure their child is getting the proper nutrition. But how do you help a picky eater eat?
So many parents struggle with what to send to school for a child's lunch. So many lunch boxes will come home just the way they left for school, full of food. Many parents feel stressed when their child doesn’t eat. Here are a few ideas to try to get your child to eat better.
When you pack the food, remember lunch is a social interaction as well. They may talk or want to play games and run around so pack accordingly, meaning pack smaller portions and foods that you can chew easily.
How to encourage children to eat school lunch
Firstly, make your child's lunch look appealing. Rows of colorful sliced vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, or carrots are visually attractive. Various colored grapes or fruits sliced are more likely to grab your child's attention. I make a simple wrap that could contain anything you want from chicken and turkey to cheese. I cut the wrap into pretty swirls alongside the child's fruit and vegetable choices. It looks good, tastes great, and will help your child focus in the classroom after eating a healthy lunch. Ask your child what they would like to add to the lunch box. Give them a choice of 2 items that you would prefer them to eat. This will help them feel empowered and you have already approved their choices.
Here are some other delicious lunches you can send your child to school with
Cheese cut up into squares with crackers, fruit, and vegetables. Let your child use their creative caps and make different cheese sandwiches. You can ask them which vegetables they like with which cheese. You can even have them make you a sandwich they found tasty.
Try to make sure your child's lunchbox is well insulated as you want the food to remain cool. This will help your child's senses want to eat it as it will smell and look fresh. Mixing colors and textures is a great way to improve your child's lunchbox. Fresh cut fruit and vegetables allow your child to have a healthy and appealing lunch!