Once a year, I put my popular Yummy Toddler Lunches on sale as an opportunity for you to snag a great deal on a bundle of useful information—especially if you are one of the many parents who has to send food to daycare or preschool. It has ideas for everyone else too, with super simple tips for packing meals for on the go, but I find these ideas particularly helpful for the in the trenches nature of sending food for snacks and lunches day after day when it's so easy to run out of ideas...and steam.
There's no code needed to take advantage of the sale. For the next week, it will be half price, so $4 instead of $8! Remember, I only put this ebook on sale once a year so grab a copy while you can from now through end of day Wednesday August 9.
On a related note, I've been thinking a lot about how often the most successful meals and snacks I serve to my girls are the simplest. And I try to keep that in mind when packing lunches too. Because the last thing I want to do when I'm staring into the fridge at night attempting to pack a lunch is to have to actually make a recipe. And while I know that it's important to expose our toddlers to lots of flavors and to try to avoid them getting too stuck on their favorite foods—because they are so good at loving routines and then refusing everything else!— I also think that it's entirely okay if you keep things very straightforward in the lunchbox.
This isn't the place to try to cram kale into every bite or to make faces in all of the foods. I mean, go ahead if you love to do that, but you absolutely should not set the bar on that level. I strive to pack a combination of fresh foods that cover a range of food groups—but that first and foremost are easy for my little to eat, taste good, and are easy for me to prepare.
This lunch above is an example of that mindset. No, it's not earth shattering to pack peas in a lunchbox but you know what? T loves them and all I have to do is to pull them out of the freezer. There's nothing special about a leftover muffin or cheese. And I admit that lately, I've found myself looking forward to the day when she's up to the textures of a PB&J because it would be a nice option to have in the mix. Sure, there is some chopping involved with prepping some fruit, especially for younger toddlers, but I hereby give you permission to make things easier on yourself. Feeding your kids is not a competition. What you pack for lunch does not need to pass a test of creativity. Keep it simple, flavorful, and fresh, and I bet the kids will love it.
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