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Lunch Box Ideas For Picky Eaters

by Hemant Jain

Packing a lunch for picky eaters can be a bit of a challenge. Some kids (and adults!) can be quite particular about what they'll eat and what they won't. But, with a little creativity, you can come up with some fun and tasty lunch box ideas that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Create A DIY Sandwich Bar:

Instead of packing a traditional sandwich, set out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings and let your picky eater create their own sandwich. This will give them a sense of control over what they're eating and may encourage them to try something new.

Make It Fun With Fun Shaped Foods!

 Use a cookie cutter to cut sandwiches, fruits and veggies into fun shapes that can appeal to picky eaters. You can even try making fun shaped rice balls, quesadillas, or mini pizzas that can be fun to eat. 

Pack A Variety Of Dips And Spreads: 

Picky eaters often need a little extra encouragement to try new foods, and dips and spreads can provide that extra incentive. Pack a few different dips and spreads, such as hummus, ranch dressing, or peanut butter, and let your picky eater dip away.

Try A Bento Box:

These Japanese-style lunch boxes feature a variety of compartments, making it easy to pack a variety of foods and encourage picky eaters to try different things. They can also be fun to decorate and make appealing to look at

Pack A Surprise: 

Packing a special treat, like a homemade cookie or a piece of chocolate, can add excitement to a lunch and make it more appealing.

Get your picky eater involved in the planning and packing process. Encourage them to help plan the meals, shop for ingredients and help packing their lunch. This can increase their interest and engagement in the food they're eating.

Pack leftovers from dinner. Many picky eaters are more likely to try new foods when they've already seen them in a familiar setting, such as dinner the night before. Pack leftovers in a thermos to keep them warm, and your picky eater may be more willing to try them.

Offer variety. Pack a mix of different textures and flavors to keep the lunch interesting. For example, a crunchy apple and a creamy yogurt, or a spicy cracker and a mild cheese.

Make it colorful. Pack a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to make the lunch more appealing and interesting.

Don't give up! Packing a lunch for a picky eater can be frustrating, but don't give up. Keep trying new things, and eventually, you'll find something that they like.

It's important to remember that picky eaters are not going to suddenly start eating everything. But with a little creativity, patience and planning, you can pack lunches that they'll enjoy and will be able to eat. And most importantly, try not to stress too much about it, we all have preferences and what might be a turn off for one picky eater, it might be a great idea for another.


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