Which side will you choose ...?
It's no secret ... Munch, Beastie and Plumlet are all big fans of superheroes. They each have their favourites, and they get all excited when they see any related merchandise in the shops, online or on the television. Being a little young at the moment to enjoy the films, The Man, being the good dad that he is, takes on the task on their behalf, and watches every film for them, in the hope that one day, they will each sit with popcorn on their laps to enjoy the movies with him!
Next week sees the release of the hugely successful and much awaited Captain America: Civil War. I have to say, after watching this particular Marvel offering at the cinema, The Man returned home buzzing. By his own personal admission, he is a bit of a film geek, but he is definitely a huge lover of superhero movies. This one shot straight to the top of his list of favourites!
As for the kids, all three of them like to see themselves as superheroes! Munch zips around the room, using whatever she can as a shield whilst claiming to be Captain America, Beastie crashes around, punching the furniture whilst shouting "HULK SMASH!" and Plumlet will chase them round in fits of giggles, mimicking their crazy movements, reminding everyone that he is Spiderman!
However, how Super can a Superhero truly be without a good, healthy diet?!
We quite often find ourselves using the method of reasoning
"If you don't eat your fruit, you'll never have the speed of a superhero ..."
"Do you think Hulk would be that green if he didn't eat all of his peas ...?"
"Spiderman can only climb those walls because he finishes his dinner ...!"
The kids love a themed lunch. Cut their sandwiches into fun shapes using simple food cutters, and all of a sudden, they taste better and are altogether a hundred times more appealing! We are more likely to be presented with empty plates when they have a themed meal! Munch is also a fussy eater, often avoiding vegetables whenever she can. However, create pictures on her plate with them or cut fruits into novelty shapes, and she will make more of an attempt to at least try them. Star shaped sandwiches are a favourite. Apparently, this is a superhero's sandwich of choice! Especially when they are filled with strawberry jam! Every superhero feasts on star shaped jam sandwiches before embarking on a mission to save the world (or destroy it, in Beastie's case!)
Recently, we had a Superhero themed 4th birthday for Beastie followed by a Superhero themed birthday party. Superhero food was requested, regularly, during the weeks of her birthday! Luckily, I could be quite varied with it for her as she is a wonderful eater. Hulk Smash would be proud of her colourful diet!
Watermelon slices cut into stars using a simple cookie cutter is a firm favourite. Throw in a few blueberries, and it's even better. In fact, if I throw blueberries into anything on a plate, it's a winner with the Smalls! Munch still needs some convincing, but we'll persevere! Beastie loved these in her lunch for nursery, and I am sure I will find myself popping them into her lunch as she starts school this month too.
Scotch pancakes are loved by all 3 kids. However, I don't always want to serve them with some sort of sweet, sticky drizzle. Place a non-complicated shape such as a lightening bolt made of cheese on the top, and it instantly becomes the food that is preferred by the Flash before an important mission!
Other ideas that are quite simple, include adding a superhero temporary tattoo to the skin of a banana, cutting or drawing on the wax casing of a Babybel cheese, adding little capes to drink bottles and using piped icing to add masks and faces to fruit items.
Unfortunately, with the return to school this week for Munch and the preparations needed to get Beastie ready to start Reception, the time and imagination needed to prepare themed lunches for my little superheroes has been limited and has not managed to stretch very far beyond what I have done in the past. However, as far as ideas are concerned, there are some genuine supermums (and dads) out there that do this on a daily basis. One that springs to mind the very moment I think of themed lunches and healthy foods is the incredible Grace over at Eats Amazing. The inspiration any parent can take from her is limitless!
|Photo by Grace: Eats Amazing|
To top the most awesome superhero themed lunch, you need a most awesome lunch bag to contain it all!
To celebrate the much awaited release of Captain America: Civil War on DVD and Blu-Ray, there is a wonderful selection of merchandise available to purchase, all of which has got my three (four, if you include The Man!) very excited!
So, one question you need to ask yourself ...
Which side will you choose?!
What would be in your Superhero lunch?
We were sent the above selection of Marvel merchandise to celebrate the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release of Captain America: Civil War. No other payment was offered or received in return for the writing of this post.