Up my sleeve...

What are some of your tricks to keep your kids interested in eating their lunch?

Although we are staying home until further notice, I still often "pack" my daughter's lunch. Here are a few ways to keep simple routine moments poppin' with creativity and FUN!

๐ŸŽ It tastes better if it's shaped like a magical unicorn and a pretty butterfly: I use fun cookie cutters for her sandwiches. She totally digs it! Iโ€™m typically found in the kitchen, early AM, munching on the leftover crusts and sipping on super hot coffee. Breakfast of champs.

๐ŸŽ Pack-n-Pay: Learn the value of the dollar. My daughter gets excited for lunch time, knowing she will get to "buy" from her home school cafeteria. I simply lay out a few options (peeled clementine, grapes, crackers, water, OJ, Jello cup, sandwich...), price each item, give her a budget, and then let her ADD and EAT! Math and nutrition, bam.

๐ŸŽ Kitchen picnic! Lay down a comfy blanket, maybe some pillows, snacks, a fun tic-tac-toe match sketched out on paper, special drinking cups, music...and if it's nice outside, park that blanket in the yard and add some bubbles to that picnic.

Fun environment=Clean Plate Club

๐ŸŽ Taste Testers: When you make food in small portions and cute shapes, they eat!

Here are a few ideas for your Lunch Taster Flight:

~Make a small amount of pasta and add a different kind of sauce...maybe butter, garlic, sea salt (my daughter's fave!)...put in a small bowl (like a sherbet, or finger bowl);

~Make 1 grilled cheese sandwich, cut into thin rectangles or them in a pyramid stack for fun;

~Sticks Stuck In The Sauce...they have to say that 3x fast before Saving the Sticks Stuck In The Sauce...bell peppers and ranch in a cup, our fave...see below for Mason Jar Ranch recipe!;

~fruit skewers & a smoothie sipper for a sweet snack... The possibilities are endless. Small portions work!

I hope these lunch time tricks work for you! ๐Ÿฅ—

My Mason Jar Ranch

โ–ช Start with equal amounts mayo, sour cream, buttermilk in a bowl, and mix. I like to use 1/2 cup of each. (you can use regular milk if no buttermilk)

โ–ช Add fresh dill. I like to add a hefty spoon full, and by spoon full, I mean a 1/4 cup. But add as much as you like...I'm DILL-finitely a dill lover, so I add a good amount.

โ–ช Add 1 teaspoon each of sea salt, garlic powder, dried onion, dried parsley, dried chive and 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper.

โ–ช Squeeze half a lemon and add juice.

โ–ช MIX - POUR - SERVE - STORE ~ this dressing stores for about a week in the refrigerator.

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