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. 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 to you to pack for them for the next day.
2- Get Creative with Food – Use shape cutters to cut the fruits and sandwiches in to fun shapes. The same sandwich might entice your little one more if it is cut in 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 starts 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, a 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 lunchboxes then check out below.
1- The Yumbox Bijoux with Four Compartments – This lunch box by Yumbox comes in blue, pink, grey and purple colors and it is very easy to carry around. The way it’s designed helps children to eat their packed lunch without having all of the food items mixed up. There are other variations of this type that come with six compartments as well.
2- Rex London Snack Boxes – For added fun, your children can carry various snack boxes made by Rex London. Rex London’s snack boxes have such colorful and cute designs that will make both you and your kids very happy just by looking at them. Rex London also has a variety of lunch boxes that come in different sizes depending on your child’s needs.
3- Rosti Mepal Lunch boxes – If your child likes more of sophisticated accessories then Rosti Mepal’s lunch boxes are the right choice. These lunch boxes do come in different colors but their design is stylish, efficient and practical.
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 like? Pick a water bottle for him/her that is exciting for him and the one he will proudly carry around everywhere. He will automatically drink more water when he is carrying his 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. You name it and there is that option for you. You can get great water bottles for your preschoolers from Rex London, Smily and Penny Scallan. For older children opt for Camelbak, Smiggle, Happy Jackson or even the latest techy water bottle from Gululu. All these and many more brands and choices are available on Mumzworld so just log on to the website and order the right one for your little schooler today.