1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #118
LUNCH – Hard Boiled Eggs & Cucumber with Shredded Carrot & Radish
Hard boiled eggs. Some kids like them, some don’t. Some like the white, some the yolk. When I serve hard boiled eggs, I keep the whites and yolks together (unless yolks touching whites sends them into a tizzy:) If one of the kids doesn’t like one or the other, I show them how to pop out the yolk, so they can eat the part they like. Why? Exposure mostly, one day they may just eat the whole thing:) Also, if I know one of the kids only likes part of the egg, I often cut the egg into wedges (like in the picture), so it’s easier to pop out the yolk.
The kids always get so excited when they see these little cucumber rounds. They’re like a little salad, on a little plate. Simple, quick and fun. And so many possibilities. Tuna with shredded carrot & radish, cream cheese & salmon, deviled egg salad, cream cheese with shredded carrot & raisins. Anyway you get the idea.
SNACK – Bananas + Peanut Butter with Homemade Fruit Sauce
This is my take on PB&J with banana, only in dip form instead of sandwich form. The Homemade Fruit Sauce is simple to make and has no added sugar, so the kiddos can dip all they want. Line up a few bananas with peanut butter spread on them and let the kids stick them on their food pick themselves.
I like to make up a batch of fruit sauce and have it in the fridge because it works so well on so many things, like sandwiches, yogurt, toast, oatmeal, applesauce or pancakes. It also packs well in school lunches or for an on the go snack, to mix in with yogurt or applesauce. I pack it separately in my daughter’s school lunch and she mixes her own at school, but it is also good premixed.
SNACK – Cheddar Crackers & Tomato Wedges
For this snack I pared up some store bought cheddar crackers with a quick tomato salad, made by tossing together some tomato wedges with a bit of salt & pepper and some fresh dill. The kiddos love smelling and tasting fresh herbs. I always give them a few sprigs along with their meal, whenever I use them.
I show the kids how to pinch off the leaves, encourage them to smell and taste the herbs, talk about some of the recipes I use the herbs in, and invite them to add more to their meal if they like. I find it makes them much more open to trying new herbs, plus the simple association with other foods they like, makes them feel more comfortable. For example “dill is what gives pickles their yummy flavour” to a dill pickle lover:)
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)