ADVERTISEMENT: My Newest Party Pal

Not that I go to many parties anymore, but once in a while I venture out solo (easy to do when my husband works nights) and I have to get up to speed fast on social interaction with adults. ¬†Or I can use this strategy…

How do you convince your kids to eat fun and healthy lunches? Submit your tip in the comments for a chance to win a lunch care package from General Mills filled with fun and healthy snacks for kids. I’ll be choosing my favorite tip at the end of this month, so keep posting your best suggestions in the comments.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alexandra for her winning snack tip!

11 thoughts on “ADVERTISEMENT: My Newest Party Pal

  1. When I pack her preschool lunches, she always has one veggie (usually green beans or peas), one fruit, and either chicken or cheese. Her snack includes crackers or pretzels and sometimes also fruit snacks or a few yogurt raisins. I try to have a little bit of each food group in her bag. I do the same for meals here.

    “Dip” is a big hit here. Amelia loves ketchup (she calls it “red dip”). I can often get her to try new veggies if I allow her to dip them in ketchup. Broccoli + ketchup sounds gross to me, but if it makes her eat a plate full of broccoli, then I’m all for it.

  2. We’re not quite at the bring your lunch to school stage, we will be this fall, but right now we steer away from McDonalds and Taco Bell as much as we can. I’ll sometimes do Chickfila with plain milk and fruit or Subway offers the subs, apples, and plain milk.

    If we’re not going to grab something some where I try the Hebrew National hot dogs, a veggie of cucumber slices, carrot sticks, or some warmed veggie like green beans or peas..she also gets a yogurt at every lunch because of the added calcium, and a fruit.. She’s not a real big bread eater. Sometimes she’ll have a few nuts.

    If she could have sushi at every meal she would think she won the lottery. Heh.

  3. I try to balance the not-so-healthy stuff (like mac & cheese) with healthier items, and make it fun. My toddler loves to eat olives off her fingers, so I load her fingers up and she has fun eating them. I realized that she doesn’t like cooked peas, but loves them frozen, so I plink some frozen peas on her plate and she devours them. Sometimes I just have to resort to bargaining… “if you eat half of this avocado, you can have a little bit of ice cream.” It’s a never-ending struggle, but I know her eating habits will change every few months for the next few years.

  4. Adorable video! Loved it….
    loved it.

    What we did when the kids were younger is serve them their meals in muffin tins.

    They went gaga over it….each of the 6 little holes had a good thing in it…and the corner one had a dip…so, they’d have a few carrots, a few peas, some fruit, some bread, some little chicken thing…

    They loved how there were only 3 or 4 of each in there, all finger food…all pretty like a snack bar.

    HUGE HIT!

  5. My 6-year-old will eat anything on a skewer. Fruit of all kinds on a straw skewer goes in the lunch box. Grilled chicken or beef on a skewer at dinner time makes him gobble it up.

    (Love the muffin tin idea – will try that, especially for my 2-year-old who needs a nudge now and then.)

  6. Can’t participate in the draw (not from the US) but wanted to say I LOVE the muffin tin idea! I have a friend who’s child eats next to nothing – there are 3 (!!) items on his food list and that is it (milk, a particular type of cheese and sometimes bread). They are freaking out because the kid is going to playschool soon (he’s 3 yo) and will be expected to EAT! I’m going to suggest they try out this idea before he heads off into the big world and his eating habits get confronted with reality!! Truth be told, it’s not the poor kids fault he’s like this… I really believe heating habits are 99% programmed. Shame his health might already be suffering (and the parents claim they’ve tried everything…). Thanks for the tip! BTW Daphne – love your work!!!

  7. Katie, I disagree; while some of it is how you parent, some of it is the kid. My oldeer child eats ALL food, including a huge range of veg and fruit. My younger is unbearably selective. I raised them the same, so part of it is just her personality and her issues with texture and taste.

    My tips for the lunchbox is using tiny containers of dip, and a really small salt shaker for celery sticks, etc. Also packaging, we put favoriate stickers on reusable plastic containers and suddenly it becomes “princess sauce” or “fairy fruit” and it gets eaten. It’s all about the marketing.

  8. Stanz, thank you for your reply. I love your idea too and I agree about the marketing but what frightens me most is the fact that most kids with such ‘eating disorders’ are somehow OK with chocolate and sweets, generally foods which aren’t meant for large consumption. I get the fact that sweet things are ‘easy’ to like but isn’t fruit sweet also? Does it make sense that such a child is unable to enjoy a delicious strawberry or pineapple yet has no probs with a bar of chocolate? How is that acceptable? And besides, you speak of your younger child and mention he is selective. I presume that means he will still have a variety of foods to his liking, though not as wide as you would like it to be. In the case of my friend’s child – there’s really not much room for variation! So what IS the real reason behind such crazy selectiveness??

  9. the selective kid eating thing is a big deal. Some are just pickier, but it’s is what they are around as well. When Vivien says she won’t eat something “spicy”, Mark gets annoyed. “in Thailand, indonesia, etc are they eating tenders? no, they are use to spice.” I do admit to being lazy sometimes and going for path of least resistance. I like the peas in the lunch idea, since Vivien hates carrots. And the muffin tins, and the dip. Creative moms.

  10. While I appreciate the school lunch comments I think the important issue here is what tactic is best for feeling included at a party. The most common one, getting drunk, wears thin after a while. This one is great; everyone comes by the snack bowl eventually.

  11. One day in a desperate attempt to get my daughter (newly 3 years old) to eat anything with nutritional value, I added a few drops of food coloring to her food. She loves it! I let her pick out the color and help me stir it in. Bright pink oatmeal anyone? Maybe some blue cottage cheese? Orange rice? How about green chicken? Food coloring doesn’t add or take away from the nutritional value, it just makes it look really cool, and Moanna eats it up!

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