I know we all want the best for our kids and that includes feeding them healthy foods and staying away from sugary foods, which I call “sometimes foods”. Whether you eat healthy or not, load your kids up with the good foods and build a better lunchbox for them – they’ll do better in school with proper nutrition!! My post here is mainly about feeding preschooler as that’s what I have, and he’s so picky, but can be adapted to any age…even yours!!
I’m trying to start a movement called #sometimesfoods – sometimes foods are foods that you only let your kids eat “sometimes”, i.e. pizza, cupcakes, piece of cake, cookies, chips, etc. Sound good? Brody, my pre-schooler sure wishes he’d never told me about what Coach Erin told his class at gym last month. Read my story “Preschool Learning: “Sometimes Foods”
So, fill your kid’s lunchbox with healthy foods (from the list below) and try to refrain from putting “sometimes foods” in the box!! This list is even good for the picky eater!
Build a Better Lunchbox for your Picky Preschooler
Source came from Whole Foods store magazine + my choice.
Whole wheat tortillas
Multi-grain English Muffins
100% Whole grain bread
Whole grain pita bread
All fruits of course, but “berries” are the best.
Also, try Kiwi
Apricots (dry dried ones – mixed in with nuts)
*Make up a bag of mixed nuts from this group
String cheese or square
Hummus (a little messy for preschool though)
Tuna (if they like it)
Beans (mine loves northern beans)
lunch meat – ham, turkey, chicken – but watch the ingredients
I’ll try to be realistic here.
Snap Pea pods (they are delicious cold)
(try combining a few of these in a bag)
…and by all means try all kinds of vetetables
Okay, so you see where I’m going with this list. All healthy. A couple of points to consider for foods to be the healthiest though. You may not worry as much as I do about all the preservatives that are found in our foods today, but be sure to READ the INGREDIENTS. So many additives are hidden in the foods we eat and feed our kids. ALSO, if your preschool doesn’t do this, ask them to leave the foods inside the lunchbox that your child does not eat – that way you know what he or she is eating and not eating.
Good luck. Feeding a 4 year old is not easy anyways as they are so picky…but feeding a 4 year old healthy foods can be a struggle. Stay away from those #sometimesfoods ! My little stinker is now resisting good foods and says “sometimes foods” is all he wants. Perhaps I’m running it into the ground with him. I’m going to have to ease up…but I love the term and what it means. It just makes sense to me.
My Preschooler’s Lunchbox
Here’s what I put in Brody’s lunchbox – of course I mix it up. I only have to make his lunch twice a week…no problem. I also don’t always include a sandwich.
- Half sandwich of jelly and butter – he loves it
- Rice cake with almond butter
- Mixed nuts
- Pistachios (by themselves)
- Natural apple sauce
- Raisins (I put them in with nuts)
- Gluten-free chips
- Juice with the less amount of sugar, like The Honest Brand
- Berries for sure!
- Water (and not juice)
- A few carrot sticks
- Gluten-free cereal (loves the crunch)
I’ve even made a cream cheese and strawberry sandwich for him and he loved it. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Build a Better Lunchbox for your Picky Preschooler – is so, perhaps you’ll enjoy this post too – Pack Healthier School Lunches for Kids + Ideas.