My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Taking the Flora Lunchbox Challenge

Happy yet healthy lunches with Flora!

Sometimes, making packed lunches both healthy and appealing to the children can be a challenge. We take the children shopping with us so that they can choose the bits that go inside their lunchbox, but this isn't always a success due to the fact that we won't let them fill their boxes with biscuits and chocolate!

 Beastie isn't so much of a problem as she would quite happily fill her lunch bag with salad and fruit, but still, trying to teach her that although these foods are extremely good for her, she needs to consider a balanced diet and that her lunch needs to contain a variety of foods in order for it to be deemed healthy.

Munch is a whole different ball game! She is immensely fussy with her food. She turns her nose up at most vegetables, will only eat a very few varieties of fruit, and lives by the theory that if she has never tried it ... she won't like it! So, making lunches for her can be quite a struggle.

Plumlet is a bit of a 'picker' with his lunches. He likes lots of variety, but rarely eats anything in its entirety. 

Therefore, when we were invited to take part in Flora's Lunchbox Challenge with Britmums, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show the kids how their lunchbox should look and that their choices don't have to be boring or restricted, as well as a great chance to give me some inspiration, because when it comes to preparing lunches, my ideas fall a little flat and I feel extremely underwhelmed at the thought of trying to please both girls enough to ensure that they are actually going to eat what I have prepared. We were tasked with using Flora's Lunchbox Builder to guide us through and to help us as parents to ensure that we are providing our little people with a wholesome yet appealing lunch.

With only 1.6% of children receiving a lunch which satisfies the nutritional standards set for school meals (according to a Flora study), I like to think that I am feeding my children the recommended variety of foods. We sat down together and created a huge number of combinations of their 'ideal lunches'. This made our next shopping trip much easier!

The lunchbox builder has allowed us to include a great deal of variety whilst ensuring that each essential food group is covered. Whist the girls were at school, Plumlet and I created his ideal lunch, and this is what we included ...

We started with homemade egg mayonnaise inside a wholemeal soft roll, using a thin spread of their favourite - Flora Buttery. Egg mayo is a firm favourite in this house, so when I made up a big bowl of it to keep in the fridge, all 3 kids were delighted! And of course, we made it with low fat mayonnaise!

Bananas seem to be the 'go to' fruit of choice with all three of the children. They are really versatile as well as a great source of energy. When I was a child, one of my most favourite desserts that my own mum used to serve was mashed banana covered in milk, so there are many ways in which bananas can be eaten. So when asked which fruit he would like in his special lunchbox, bananas was his first choice! A new love for Plumlet is blueberries (thanks to Beastie!) He will happily eat them by the handful, so we included a small pot of them too. 

As mentioned before, Plumlet is very much a 'picker' when it comes to his meals, so instead of adding cucumber or tomatoes to his sandwiches, he much prefers to have a small side salad so he can pick at it during his lunch. His salad contains cucumber, tomato, red peppers (which is a vegetable he is not 100% with yet, but using the art of regular exposure, I am trying to encourage him to accept it into his diet!) and sweetcorn. He loves the different colours this salad brings to his lunch, so making it as varied as possible is always key.

Finally, another favourite is breadsticks. He loves them on their own, although I did keep catching him sticking them inside his roll to cover the end in egg mayo! Pack it all in his new special Flora lunch box, and he's a happy boy!

The Flora Lunchbox Builder is broken down into four different meals:

The T-Rex Lunch Box; The lunch for monster appetites
The Florasaurus Lunch Box; The Mighty Herbivore meal
The Velociraptor Lunch Box; The Beast of a Lunch
The Stegosaurus Lunch Box; The Epic Sized Lunch

According to the guide, Plumlet has a little bit of each of these lunches! However, we have been sure to choose a main, a snack and a suitable amount of fruit and veg to pack our lunch full of goodness!

And I can safely say, he demolished every bit of his lunch! The lunchbox builder is now attached to the front of our fridge and I will be using it every time I pack a lunch for any one of the children! At least I know that I will be able to please each of them whilst knowing that they are consuming a filling, healthy meal!

More lunchbox ideas can be found at www.flora.com

What's in your lunchbox today? Can you set yourself your own #FloraLunchBoxChallenge ...?

This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here <http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids 

1 comment:

  1. Great to see how you got on. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part