September 11, 2012
Parents racing against the morning clock while trying to prepare school lunch have one single goal in mind: get it made and in that brown bag quick!
Rarely do we take, or even have, the time to think about what will inspire kids to eat the lunch we provide them day after day. Not to mention, when you do put a lot of thought into school lunch, how defeated do you feel when it comes home uneaten? Frustrated would be an understatement.
However, when you stop for a moment to think about your child's experience at the lunch table, what do you imagine her first thought is when she opens her lunch box? I find that when I aim to stimulate all of my kids senses at lunch -- not just their taste buds -- what I pack comes home gobbled up.
It's the entire mealtime experience that can motivate a child to eat the food that's in front of them. School lunch is not only about how the food tastes, it's also about how it looks: the colors, textures, and especially the shapes in which the food is cut all make a big difference. The contents of the lunch box in this video are not only simple to prepare they're also visually exciting and super tasty.
Watch now and I'll show you how to get your kids excited from the moment they open their lunchbox with a few of my favorites: Egg Pesto Melt, peaches and plums, edamame, and Greek yogurt with honey and granola. I pack them all with Odwalla's Mango Pineapple Island smoothie. Odwalla Smoothies For Kids fit perfectly in a lunch box and totally add to a fun sensory experience at lunchtime. And, as promised, it's all quick and easy for you!