Food Expert Shares her Tips for Busting Lunch Box Boredom
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Nutritious meals fuel both the body and
mind - so how do parents and kids break lunch box fatigue and embrace
healthier eating habits?
According to Mott's Fruitsations Chief Inspiration Officer Theresa
Albert, chef, author, nutritionist and Food Network TV host, the key to
busting lunch box boredom is planning ahead.
"A packed lunch makes a lot of sense for nutritional and financial
reasons - but a lot of people get into the brownbag rut of relying on the
sandwich, granola bar, banana formula because they think an interesting lunch
takes too much work," says Albert. "The good news is that by involving the
whole family, planning ahead and creating a varied mix and match lunchtime
pantry stocked with wholesome snacks, it's easy and convenient to create
healthy, inspired lunches."
If your kids' backpack comes back with a bruised banana at the bottom -
and a half eaten sandwich, Albert advises a menu and presentation overhaul.
"In any lunchroom you will see the dessert eaten first, the fruit thrown
into the garbage and more talking than eating. Whether you are a kid or an
adult, there is always room to jazz up lunch - and that makes it more fun to
make and to eat," she says.
Theresa Albert's Mott's Fruitsations Inspirational Tips:
- Invest in a crinkle cutter to create wiggly shapes with carrots and
- Buy, wash and prepare the veggies on the same day you shop for
them to save time and make life easier during the week
- Kids love to eat foods with dip
- Take that boring old leftover meat and shape them into French-
fry shapes and add some ketchup or mustard to dip
- Mott's Fruitsations makes a sweet, fruity dip for apple and
pear wedges, cheese, ham or chicken strips
- Invest in waterproof markers or stickers and let kids decorate their
water bottles, thermoses and lunch bags
- Start a family tradition of putting a secret note into Monday
- Stock up on different flavoured wraps and whole wheat mini sub buns -
add dinner leftovers and you've got a quick, satisfying and
attractive alternative to the usual sandwich that will please adults
and kids alike
- As your family identifies lunchbox favourites - give them funny
names, to make future meal planning more interesting
- Make an apple a day even more fun and nutritious by letting kids
choose a fruit of the day - either a fresh fruit in season, or their
favourite delicious Mott's Fruitsations fruit snack - where else can
they taste a strawberry and kiwi all in one spoonful?
- Add a special treat every once in awhile - to celebrate the first day
of school, Halloween, birthdays and especially, the last day of
Lunchbox Inspiration Starts with Organization
According to Albert, a grocery list, a well-stocked pantry and creating a
lunch-making station within your kitchen is the best defence to bust lunch box
boredom. Taking 15 minutes on the weekend to think through the week ahead to
create a lunch and dinner meal plan will save time and reduce stress.
Get kids involved in helping to plan out meals on the family calendar -
and place it on the fridge or a kitchen bulletin board in full view. Build
family lunch-making into the after-dinner clean-up routine and put it on the
chore/reward list for kids.
"Often kids will think it's more fun to make your lunch than their own,
so get the whole family involved in assembling meals for everyone - tag team
it so that everyone shares the responsibility and you can alternate lunch
making duties," advises Albert.
"Build your meal plans first, and then write your grocery list, so you'll
have everything you need for the week ahead," says Albert. Create a
lunch-making station in your kitchen or in the pantry - this can be a couple
of shelves, or a simple plastic bin, that contains all the lunchbox containers
and bags and healthy on the go snacks, like Mott's Fruitsations fruit snacks
that come in a variety of delicious flavours that are portable and nutritious.
(For ideas, see the Mott's Fruitsations Lunchbox Inspirations Five Day Menu
Packing a healthy, delicious lunch for you and your family promotes
lifelong healthy habits, helps kids develop a more adventuresome attitude
toward food and is an important act of self-care for everyone, says Albert.
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