So the school year began. And with him again there was a problem - how to make the child take lunch with him? How to diversify its menu? How to make the dinner was not only useful, but also interesting? We offer you some interesting ideas.
1. Color, color and color again.
Children love all color. Try to choose different colors for each day of the week (or even better, give your child the opportunity to distribute colors). And every day add something to dinner that matches the color of today. For example, on a purple day you can put a plum or a sprig of grapes. On the red day, a couple of strawberries or cherry yogurt will do. And carrots and peaches will perfectly fit into an orange day. This is not only a way to diversify the menu and interest the child, but also the opportunity to supplement the child's diet with healthy fruits and vegetables, which he did not really like before.
2. Control portion size.
Prepackaged packaging will help you save time and control calorie intake. Instead of buying a pack of chips containing large amounts of fats and harmful substances, take a pack of low-fat pretzels or crackers. Many manufacturers are now packing their products in packs with an energy value of 100 calories. And nuts and dried fruits, a wide selection of which can now be found on the shelves of our stores, will be very useful for a growing organism. 3. Unusual surprises.
Yes, there are children who are satisfied with the same food every day. But there are some restless ones who constantly need new impressions. Surprise them! Do something unexpected. Never thought to replace lunch with breakfast? Why not? Pack two or three small pancakes with fruit or yogurt. As a substitute for juice, you can pack homemade fruit water. Change beyond recognition the usual sandwich. Cut a star out of a sandwich, pack it in foil and rewrite it with a ribbon. And little stickers will make your joke even more fun.
4. Select a topic.
For example, recreate a picnic. Grilled chicken pieces and skewers of fruit or vegetables. For a tea party, make miniature sandwiches with different fillings and add a bottle of fruit tea. The possibilities are endless. Connect the children so that they also come up with the themes of their meals.
5. Plan ahead.
At first it may seem that such creative dinners are very long and tedious. Take time on Sunday to figure out what you will do next week. Plan out the colors, themes, prepare small cards with wishes or jokes. You can convene family council and do it all together. By doing this in advance, you will avoid the temptation to stop halfway, to replace more interesting options with more expensive, but simple ones.
Bring your personality!