As I type this, the ground is hard and frozen outside and the temperature is -2, so there is no denying that winter is well and truly set up here in North Yorkshire. It is quite literally freezing – so when I looked at Edith’s lunchbox this morning, I couldn’t help but feel a bit concerned that she wasn’t going to be having anything especially filling or warming.
Edith isn’t great at eating, I know I bleat on about this but it is something that I think a lot of families find a challenge, so when we do find a particular food that she likes, we tend to just keep using it over and over and over again! So when it gets to winter and she’s still eating the same foods we knew she liked in summer, I try really hard to think of different ways to feed her lunch at preschool. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not unhealthy, we make sure of that. Edith has Haliborange vitamins with her brothers every day and I even slip one into her lunch box for her to munch on as her “treat” which means that I know she has eaten something beneficial, even if she’s not eating mountains of veggies at lunch time. This time of year we like to use the Vitamin C with immune support softies, which is shaped like a blackberry and tastes just like a blackberry treat should taste, and Edith really does think that this is her sweet treat – without a clue that it is helping to support her immune system and protect her against the coughs and sneezes that are winging their way around the preschool.
I’ve been searching pinterest for some fun ideas and I’ve picked the very best, the ones that I love the most, and gone with them!
Top three warming (but cold) finger foods:
Lentils are warming right? Even cold, this would fill up the belly and be something so full of flavour and goodness!
One of the view veggies that Edith actually does enjoy are carrots! She would nibble at these and soon realise they are delicious!
So probably not all that warming, but an adorable take on the type of thing that Edith would eat all the time!
Top three HOT lunch box meals (all you need is a thermos)
Edith is actually quite good with rice and if I put this in the thermos hot, it’s still nice and warm for her at lunch time (and obviously not burning hot anymore so a safe temperature to boot!). The sweetness of the chicken is a bonus!
All kids seem to love mac n cheese right? Edith does. So this is a brill way to put her food in a hot container and send it to school!
This is such a yummy take on a chilli con carne. I would almost certainly take out the kidney beans as Edith hates them but I could sneak in the other veggies for sure!
Hope those give you some ideas for winter lunch boxes! A good thermos has been a lifesaver and so easy to use (you can even bundle up some leftovers from last night!)
*This post is in association with Haliborange.
Vitamin supplements are not a replacement for a balanced diet or healthy lifestyle.