Despite the regularity with which I bake cookies and other treats, we actually do try and eat healthy! We usually accomplish this for dinner--trying to eat a variety of vegetables and not so much cheese as we'd like, etc. But for lunch with Niko I really struggle. Honestly, most of the time he eats 1) Pasta (either mac and cheese or pasta with sauce) 2) Ramen or 3) Crackers. So basically, starch starch and nothing but starch.
I've seen Kylie try this idea before--placing several healthy options in front of your toddler and letting him choose--and finally yesterday we tried it out!
I set the example for Niko by starting with the cucumber and he followed my lead (though I suppose the french dressing didn't hurt ;D), eating all of those before he moved on to the tortilla. He only completely finished the cucumber and tortilla, surprisingly leaving most of the cheese and eating just some of the grapes and apples.
I love that his tiny tongue is stuck out in concentration up there!
It's more effort than I want to put into lunch every day (and frankly I don't always have such a variety of fresh produce on hand) but I really liked doing it and I think it's something I'll do regularly right after I've gone shopping.
Niko also had fun giving Buzz Lightyear (his new BFF) bites of his lunch as Buzz marched around the tray, saving the world and stuff.
Since I had my camera out (and the light in our apartment was good for once!) I decided to take some pictures of our little cutie.
Om nom nom.
Those eyelashes! I'm so jealous!
So friends, what do you feed your kids for lunch? Do you bother trying to feed them healthy things for lunch or just put all your efforts into dinner? I welcome any and all suggestions!