Appearances can be everything when it comes to your child and eating. In fact, the primary reason kids reject vegetables is because they seem “icky”-looking. So how to counter this tendency to judge a meal by its cover? Make lunch attractive, of course!
Bento boxes are an adorable set-up for your child’s lunch, especially a toddler who is just beginning to grasp skills such as identifying colors and sorting. You can kill two birds with one stone by using a bento box: make eating fun for your little one and teach brain-boosting exercises at the same time.
Lucky for you, there are many ways to organize a bento box meal. You can sort foods by color: for example, you might have avocado puree and celery sticks in one section, baby carrots and goldfish in another, and yet another with hummus and pita. You can also teach a valuable lesson on texture by separating lunch components accordingly – fill one section with only crunchy foods and another with yummy, mashed up blends.
Toddlers are picky by nature but there’s nothing a creative eating solution won’t solve. Soon, your child will pick up on the subtle game involved and may even start making his or her own suggestions!