Tuesday, March 16, 2010

wanna bes

Another way to please kids at lunchtime is to make a lunch that looks like what their friends have-- packaged store-bought lunch packs, fast food, cafeteria favourites. Just choose foods that look similar, but packing it yourself will totally one-up it nutritionally.

Ryan's
lunch:
onion
crackers;
soy
cheese
& veggie
pepper-
oni;
green
beans;
carrots;
steamed
broccoli;
necta-
rine
slices.

You can
dress up
a lunch
in a snap
with a
cute food pick or two. And
don't underestimate the
visual appeal of patterns
and geometric shapes.
Creating stripes or layering
foods looks fun, not to
mention your child getting
to build his own little
stacks of food to his liking.
Cutting foods into simple shapes that are unconventional for that particular item makes lunch more interesting--like quick circles made out of the soy cheese. So take a familiar food and cut it in a new way!

My food from yesterday:
9am- leftover parsnip mash
& tapenade from last night,
with 8 flax crackers.
10am- smoothie: 1 banana,
3 frozen strawberries, 1/8 cup
black raspberries, 1/8 cup
blueberries, liquid DHA, water.
12:30pm- gazpacho soup;
Raw Revolution chocolate
coconut bar.
3pm- small bowl of raisins, sliced almonds & date pieces; sprouted quinoa tabbouleh salad.
5:30pm- flax crackers w/guacamole.

I left the first bowl of gazpacho lumpy, but then tried some more after straining it. I think I want to try juicing the ingredients, might be good!

2 comments:

two vegan boys said...

I agree. Our 3 year old loves fun shapes in his food and characters. It works.

Bento Box said...

yum! Cheese and crackers! I want to eat this right now!