It seems like as soon I come up with a few lunch ideas that they love and that are healthy, and then go to the trouble of stocking up on ham, cheese, tomatoes, their favourite-shaped pasta and their favourite bread, they suddenly declare that they don’t like particular food items anymore.
So I give them my “there are starving children who’ve never even eaten a cucumber before…” speech and they roll their eyes. Well, the older kids roll their eyes. My five-year-old daughter Caterina tries to roll her eyes, copying her brother’s bad example, but ends up sort of looking to the ceiling instead, which conveys her frustration more effectively than the boys and their eye rolls.
As much as I am tempted to let them starve and offer them a simple peeled carrot once they are suitably ravenous, I persevere with trying to entice them to eat healthy food.
Here are my latest go-to lunches that tick all the boxes: healthy, enticing for kids, and that I can eat too.
1. Make your own face.
My son is in kindergarten and he is the absolute fussiest eater in the world. He’s also incredibly stubborn. So while I’m not allowed to make a face out of food for him in his lunchbox, I have shown him how to do it himself at school.
I put all the elements of a face in his lunchbox and then he assembles it, amidst much laughter from his friends, and then he eats some of it (hey, I’m not expecting miracles).