|Back to School Lunch Box Planner|
The past week had been all about getting the kids in the mood for school. Creating back to school excitement, is not easy especially when the kids grow enough to understand that school means routine and work, while vacations are all about doing fun things! So we try... we take them to choose fun school gadgets, the bags, fun pens and pencils, cool shoes and trainers, the uniforms... and what have you... I remember when I was a student, this was the most fun part of the going back to school and readjusting to routine bit. But somehow today's kids are not as easy to please. It seems that if the pen has no buttons to click, no HD screen, or a smart option where it writes what you say, the children are simply not interested!!
'A pencil is lame mum" my son told me as we shopped! "Why do we need a pencil, when we can swipe on an iPad?"... I can understand where they come from in the sense that this is what they are growing with. Life is different. For us, no such option was available, and therefore such conversation was non-existent! How do you convince a child with iPads, iPods, PlayStation, Smart TVs, and all things electronic and smart that a pencil is important? Their whole perspective is very different from ours that an ordinary conversation and our for granted thoughts are simply not animated enough! Therefore, not interesting, lame and make no sense!
The lunch box, is to many parents a stressful part of the school routine. 'What shall I put in the lunch box?', 'They never eat the food!', 'Looking for new ideas to keep the lunch box interesting.'.... For that reason, a couple of years ago, I wrote an article for DubaiKidz.biz E-zine as part of their back to school special. In this article I have put together a 5-day planner for the lunch box. I have put down a collection of recipes that are very easy to make and convenient as in, they can be made ahead, frozen and reheated when needed. I have also included tips on how to keep the kids interested in the food in their lunch box, so that they actually eat it. I have decided to share that article with you here this year, because like the pencil argument, good food is important and the lunch box is a very good place to start reinforcing this thought. Instead of always going for the packaged, coloured, all-attractive processed foods, it is very important to teach kids the importance of home-made food. The goodness of good quality and natural foods. As well as the the importance of choosing healthy foods over the packaged, colourful, processed and high in sugar counterparts. So where do we start?
Lunch Box General Guidelines
- Keep it Balanced
- Keep them Hydrated
- Pay Attention to Presentation
- Prepare small finger foods
- Let the kids choose Give them some options and have them choose what they like. Children are more likely to eat their food if they are not surprised, and if they were in on deciding. Discussing the options with them ahead of time, means they know what to expect, and therefore will eat their choice.
- The ‘Something New’ approach Make a deal with your child to include ‘Something Old/ Familiar’ that they really like, if they promise to have ‘Something New’ that you choose. This is a good approach for getting your children to try new food. Go easy on them, and introduce new flavours, realistically and gradually.
|Dima's 5-day Lunch Box Meal Planner|
This is my suggested 5-day lunch box Meal Planner, which you can use as is, or use as a guideline and a reference. Feel free to to mix and match and go for options that you know your kids love and enjoy. In this planner I have included 9 recipes that are popular with kids for you to try out, hoping that lunch boxing will become an enjoyable activity rather than a dreadful chore! All these recipes are simple to prepare and do not require much effort. They are good enough to serve at lunch for the rest of the family, which takes that off your backs too!
Chicken Spring Rolls
Mini Chicken Pies
Zaatar & Cheese Swirls
Chocolate Dipped Fruits
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that it will help you plan the lunch box meals for your kids in a more fun and exciting way.
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