DIY Back to School Lunchbox
With all the excitement around the first day of school, there is also anxiety. Whether children are going back to school, or experiencing school for the first school time, education during a pandemic lends itself to a lot of ambiguity. With all that in mind, we as parents want to do everything we can to prepare our children, both emotionally and physically for school—that means providing a good energy meal! I never use the words “healthy” or “unhealthy” in regards to food. I use “good energy” because food gives us energy! It is our job as parents to provide our little ones with the food options, but the child should choose how much they eat. Children are in tune with their bodies, and naturally respond to the hormone that tells them when they are full! Pushing them to eat past that point, teaches them to ignore the system ingrained in us to prevent overeating. That being said, I will offer a cookie with lunch and balance it with “good energy” food that will sustain stamina for the day. Help sustain your little one’s stamina with this nutritious bento box lunch they are sure to love!
- Cut fruit and vegetables into shapes using cookie cutters!
- Include choice of Grains and Protein
- Organize food into the bento box.
- Write a note to let your little one know that you are thinking of them!
Tips with Miss Charlotte
Let’s talk about making the meal visually appealing and colorful–think colors of the rainbow! It’s true you eat with your eyes first, and as children are primarily visual learners until age 5, this is even more true! Cut a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in shapes or letters that spell out their name. Some children like their foods to touch and some don’t. Be mindful and provide components to be eaten alone or together. Make it fun! Kids love to build, so offer crackers, cheese, meat and allow them to construct their own “cracker sandwich.”
Lastly, leave a note that sends the message “your grown-up is thinking about you.” It’s a way to feel connected even when you are not together!
*Find Playgarden Prep activities introducing “good energy” food or join us for live Zoom classes and try fun recipes at home! playgardenonline.com
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