Children have simpler palettes than we adults do. Obviously, it is because there taste for food is still developing and therefore more geared toward plain foods. Instead of reprimanding them for being “picky,” we should make an effort to make and pack meals that are kid-friendly. No one wants to pick up their children from school and be handed a lunchbox with a lunch that hasn’t been touched. We’d go crazy thinking our kids are going hungry…when there’s a sack lunch right next to them!1. Honey, Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches - This sandwich could be a snack, lunch, or dessert. If your child has a peanut allergy, you can always substitute it with almond butter or something comparable. Pack it with carrots and an apple or apple chips on the side. Children have a sweet tooth and they’ll be excited that this could be lunch. Grab 2 slices of wheat bread, spread peanut butter on both sides, top with banana slices and a drizzle of honey. Mmm.
2. Goldfish Sandwich - I don’t know about you, but I still love eating Goldfish Crackers. They’re cheesy and delicious, which makes them the perfect snack. If that wasn’t enough, they now sell Goldfish-shaped bread…for sandwiches! You read correctly. Pack a turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce sandwich on one of these bad boys and your child’s entire lunch table will go nuts! Serve in a wax sandwich bag with Goldfish crackers, of course, and blueberries.
3. Sweet Treat - Almost everyone’s favorite part of meal is dessert. Why would this be any different for a kid? Try throwing in a special surprise sweet treat every Monday or Friday…or every day if you choose. You can throw in a piece of chocolate, such as Hershey’s Kisses or Smarties. Not only will it give them motivation to finish their food, but it’s a sweet little way to bond with your child.
4. Cookie Cutters - Cookie cutters can have a dual function if you allow them a chance.Try sprucing up your child’s sandwich by cutting their sandwich or snack into a particular shape, such as a heart. Shaped sandwiches can be a novelty and a great reason to want to dig in! Add eyes to animal shapes for an extra oomph!
5. Hummus & Turkey Wraps - Hummus can be an acquired taste for some, but if you get your kids started on it early, they may give it a chance. Grab a whole wheat tortilla, spread with hummus (any flavor will work), add turkey, cheese, and lettuce or spinach. Roll into a wrap and cut into small slices.
These ideas can be used for kids, adults, or for small moments that require a little “catering!” Enjoy the process and the snacks!