Now that that children are back to school, mommies need to wake up early to prepare breakfast and lunch box for the kids. I know how hard it is to wake up early to prepare for their kids' school, so Solane, the country's leading cooking gas, provides simple tips to make packed lunch preparation easier for parents and at the same time, it is nutritious and enjoyable for the kids.
1. Make food yummy and healthy. Your preschoolers and gradeschoolers need all the nutrition they can get for their bones, muscles, and brain, among other body parts to be developed. Kids do a lot of activities in school that is why they need to eat nutritious food so that they can last the day at school. Kids need carbohydrates and protein and other vitamins and minerals so that they would not get sick easily. Make sure that the meals you prepare not only tastes great but it also covers the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for the nutrients your kids need. In addition, dishes should be balanced (with grains--typically rice and noodles, meat, fruits and veggies, and oils).
One of the challenges each parent has is introducing vegetables to children. Studies have proven that habit is best learned by example. To encourage kids to eat vegetables while in school, parents should prepare vegetable dishes in a child-friendly way. Try pairing vegetables with a siding or a sauce that their children love. Examples are boiled beans with mayonnaise dip, tofu cubes rolled alongside with ground beef in tortilla wrap, and mushrooms slathered in cheese.
2. Make food interesting and colorful. Children are more inclined to finish everything on their plate if it looks pleasing to the eyes. Plating is very important to capture children's imagination. Try using carrots, cucumber, red or green bell peppers, celery, pineapples to add pizzaz to your child's baon. Make sure your pantry is well-stocked with these fruits and vegetables to instantly bring color to your child's lunch!
Bento lunchboxes became popular too because it adds color to the food and it makes lunch time enjoyable for the kids. You can check out Pinterest or Instagram for some bento box inspirations.
3. Make a meal plan. Ideally, parents should really prepare a weekly meal plan so that parents won't stress about the food their kids will bring to school on a daily basis. This is to also help parents with their grocery list. Prepare ingredients early to save time without sacrificing the flavor and nutritional value of the meals. Have food staples, like chicken and vegetables, which can be instantly used in cooking multiple tasty meals.
I do hope that these tips will help you in preparing healthy and delicious meals for your children. Let us send our children to school with full of love and confidence :)
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