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These preschool/Nursery lunch ideas will inspire you to change-up your lunch-packing routine and get your child exposed to a variety of new and healthy foods!
At nursery, children tend to play a lot, take part in many activities and in general, are very active. Simple to eat and easy foods interest small children.To give them the energy they need, pack their lunch with a healthy, balanced meal that they will enjoy at their nursery. Appeal to your preschooler’s taste buds by providing them with packed lunches that are simple, full of variety and small in serving size.
Use a variety of fillings for sandwiches so they are not eating the same food every day. This will Not only prevent them from getting bored of the food, it will add variety to their diet. To the Nursery lunch box add different fruits and vegetables, cheeses and other things they like to eat. Choose from a variety of foods like protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables and carbohydrates.
Give them soft foods like pasta, rice, bread and harder, crunchy food like fruits, vegetables and crackers.
Perk up their Nursery lunch boxes by cutting foods like sandwiches into different shapes like stars, circles or triangles and make it more exciting for them to eat.
Give them Nursery lunch boxes full of colour! Add in some colour by adding fruits, vegetables and other healthy, colourful foods.
Don’t forget the water. Little children/toddlers usually tend to be very active in preschool/Nursery so keeping them hydrated is a must.
New foods – it is best to have them try new foods at home to see if they like them before sending them to nursery or preschool with the food. This may result in wastage and a hungry preschooler!
Growing children usually do not have the same appetite every day and this usually varies depending on the amount of activity they have done that day, among other things. Don’t worry too much if, every now and then, they don’t finish their lunch. Give them foods to the Nursery/ Preschool with easy-to-open packaging as this boosts their self confidence and independence when eating meals. Cut bigger fruit into smaller portions so it is easier for them to eat.