Yes, we all know it. The daily grind begins once again – Wake up, get the kids ready, give them breakfast while making sure they take something healthy and nutritious to eat at school along with something to keep them Healthy and hydrated. Packing lunch is no easy task and it takes time and planning. Here are some tips and tricks to encourage your children into eating healthy foods during school hours.
1- Involve your Children
Make packing lunch an activity that you can do with your kids. Ask them what they would like to eat at school and then make a list of all the fruits, veggies and snacks they would like for you to pack for them for the next day.
2- Get Creative with Food
Use shape cutters to cut the fruits and sandwiches into fun shapes. The same sandwich might entice your little one more if it is cut in the shape of a star or a dinosaur.
3- Variety can save the day
Most young children are picky eaters and sometimes the food they usually like gets ignored as well. Packing two different kinds of snacks can give them an option to eat one or the other.
Now, packing two different types of snacks and lunch with a side of salad or a healthy dessert means an efficient lunchbox. Luckily, we are living in times where even lunch boxes have been revolutionized. We now have options from bento style lunch boxes to double/triple decker lunch containers.
If you are looking for some good recommendations for lunch boxes then look no further.
This is such a user-friendly lunch box as it has separate compartments with two types of insulation that enable storing of hot and cold food together so kids can have an entire meal in one place! Plus it has a space for name labels so kids don’t lose their favourite lunch box.
Keeping Children Hydrated & Full of Energy
Living in this part of the world where summers can prolong and the heat can cause dehydration, keeping children hydrated is very important. Developing an interest in drinking water must begin during early years. While some parents worry about their children not drinking enough water, below are some tried and tested tricks that encourage children in staying hydrated during the day.
1- Get a funky water bottle
What is your child’s favorite color? What character does he/she like? Pick a water bottle for him/her that is exciting for them and one they will proudly carry around everywhere. They will automatically drink more water when carrying their favourite water bottle everywhere.
2- Milk and Smoothies
Hydration not only comes from water but also from other healthy and nourishing liquids. Make sure your children are drinking milk and milk-based smoothies or shakes at least once a day. Always ensure they are more nutritious than sweet.
3- Make a game out of drinking water
Keep a water board at home and use star stickers to stick on the water board every time your child drinks a glass of water. Target for 8 small glasses for your children and make them compete against each other or yourself.
There is a whole lot of variety in water bottles too these days. From straw based to straight up drinking pouts, from stainless steel and glass to plastic and bamboo water bottles, with straps, without caps.
All these and many more choices are available on Mumzworld!
This stainless steel water bottle has a no-slip silicone sleeve to protect little hands from cold surfaces. Featuring our signature Skip Hop Zoo characters, it has a handy grab-me strap that attaches to anything, along with a pop-up lid so the flexible straw stays clean.
The Eddy kids water bottle from CamelBak comes with fun graphics and beautiful design. It has a patented bite valve technology with a stem tube and shut off valve as a one piece component making it easy to use. This bottle is completely spill proof and is also easy to clean and fill thanks to the wide mouth.