>> Monday, April 11, 2011
Do you ever get in a rut when you prepare food for your child? Make the same things over and over again or go to the foods that are supposed to be "kid friendly"? I'm certainly guilty of doing that. I have my go-to lunches for my daughter - like spaghetti and PB&J. Fortunately, she likes to remind me to think outside of the kid-friendly box sometimes.
I've inadvertently found that one of the best ways to get my children to try new foods is to simply to eat the food myself. That's precisely how I discovered one of my daughter's very favorite lunches - a wrap with a generous smear of goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sliced sweet onion, and tomato. I was enjoying a wrap of this very description one day when my princess said she wanted a bite...and then ate my whole wrap. She generally does not care for raw onion (or roasted red peppers for that matter), but in this wrap, she loves the "crunchy bits." Now I send this wrap for school lunch quite often.
If all else fails, I can depend on her drinking a smoothie for lunch. And why not? Packed with fruit and a little punch of protein, the smoothies we make for her are a smart and fun lunch, and again, a lunch that she stole from my husband who is also a smoothie fiend.
Don't be afraid to challenge your child's taste buds. They just might surprise you! What's your favorite non-traditional lunch to serve your child?
|A wrap is always better with a fancy toothpick holding it together on a fun plate.|
1 small flour tortilla
soft goat cheese
jarred roasted red pepper
sliced sweet onion
Smear goat cheese down center of tortilla and top with remaining ingredients. Roll and eat.
Watch the ingredients in the tortillas! Many brands use hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in their tortillas.
1 cup frozen strawberries (thaw a little before blending - 45 sec in microwave does a good job)
1 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, or coconut)
1 spoonful of peanut butter
a squeeze of chocolate syrup
Place all in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2-3 servings
Add a little tofu to make the smoothie extra creamy and add an extra big punch of protein.