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Being a parent is tough but being a parent of a fussy eating child is tougher, especially when your child only requests cheese sandwiches for their daily school packed lunch.
Today we live in an age where our schools monitor our children’s lunch boxes, ensuring they are healthy, nutritional and contain very little or no unhealthy foods. This can be exceptionally difficult when a child has formed some bad eating habits or doesn’t really have a satisfactory relationship with food.
For example, my daughter is an exceptionally ‘fussy eater” where I could easily count the foods that she deems safe for her to eat with my 10 fingers. We’ve managed to link her eating habits to a sensory issue where the food has to be the right texture for her to consider eating it. With this issue in mind making her packed lunch for school is incredibly difficult, as she tends to have the same foods day in day out with very little scope for change.
Recently I was contacted by Compass Fostering, I have been gifted a Bento Lunch Box and instructed to come up with 3 appealing, attractive and healthy ideas for kids packed lunch whilst also keeping the budget down so that the daily cost of a lunch box is less than the standard school meal value (in my region of the UK that is currently £2.30 per day).
Some children, young children especially much prefer to keep their lunches easy to eat whilst at school. With that in mind, I have kept the food at a finger food level or the use cocktail sticks – because all lunches are fun with sticks (obviously removing the pointy ends for safety reasons). This means fingers won’t get grubby but there is no peer pressure for use of cutlery if your child isn’t confident with a knife or fork yet.
- Pan-fried Sausage
- Houmous and Chutney Dips
- Tortilla Chips
- Sliced Apple
Any recipe I recommend on this blog post can be altered in any way to suit your child. For example, I used Caramelised Onion Sausages for this lunch box knowing they are a firm favourite of my sons and he would love them. The houmous and chutney dips probably wouldn’t go down too well and he’d much prefer a BBQ sauce dip.
Chicken and Pasta
- Plain Cooked Chicken
- Plain Boiled Pasta
- Chopped Grapes
Typically, fussy eaters much prefer foods to be kept simple with little or no sauce cooked with them. For that reason, all of my recipes are plain with optional sauces provided.
For this recipe, I have cooked a plain chicken and pasta dish which again could be preferred to children with a little or no experience of using cutlery again. The chicken is provided in bite-size pieces as not to encourage the child to put too much food in their mouth. Perhaps if your child is a fan of sauces or dips then a dip pot could be provided as per the example in my Sausage Dips recipe.
I have sided this lunch box with a cheesestring and yoghurt tube for calcium, pretzels as an alternative to crisps and chopped grapes.
Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
- Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
- Nutella Dip
- Yoghurt Tube
- Carrot Sticks
- Block Cheese
A couple of years ago I came across a fantastic recipe for two-ingredient pancakes, using banana and eggs (the recipe I have shared here). My daughter used to love them, which I really should try on her again now she’s older. One thing I never let her try them with was Nutella, but I can fully envisage banana and eggs working well with a chocolate spread as a pancake. These pancakes are an ideal replacement for sandwiches, nutritional and look fun in any lunch box.
I have teamed this lunch box up again with a yoghurt tube and cheese bites for calcium, carrot sticks which would also taste great in the Nutella and chocolate bites.