Last week we teamed up with our pals at Veggiecation to provide 5 strategies that can help parents get more vegetables into their kids' lunchboxes. We love Veggiecation because they're on a mission to promote and educate communities on the health benefits of vegetables. As part of that mission, they teach folks how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable and most importantly, delicious ways. We were thrilled to join them on this mission and take over their Insta for a week. Without further ado, here are our top 5 best tips to get more veggies into those lunchboxes:
Is your kiddo a little dipper? Dipping is a wonderful way to get kids excited about veggies. This lunchbox has 2 great dips: hummus and tzatziki (a yogurt and cucumber dip), with carrots and romaine lettuce hearts for dipping. Also in this lunchbox: crackers, fruit salad and chocolate chips for a sweet treat.
Who doesn't love food on a stick? Kebabs are fun and they're an easy way to get more veggie variety into the lunchbox. This lunchbox features cucumber, grape tomato, bell pepper and cheese kebabs, and a strawberry, blueberry and golden berry kebab, plus extra strawberries, cheese tortellini and a dark chocolate pretzel.
We all know the struggle is real when it comes to kids and veggies. But roasting them can be a game changer. Just chop or slice, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees and then take a victory lap when your kids gobble them up! Roasted carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini are staples in my house. This lunchbox contains leftover roasted carrots and zucchini plus egg, crackers, raspberries and passionfruit.
Get the Kiddos Involved
Our #1 strategy: involve them in meal planning! The LaLa Lunchbox app makes planning school lunches deliciously simple. When kids have a say in what they eat, they're more likely to get excited about their food. Our app is loaded with healthy options to choose from, it's totally customizable and here's the great news for parents: no more wasted, smelly uneaten foods at the end of the day. You can hand over the reins completely, or plan meals alongside your child - that's up to you! The foods that kids choose for lunch become a handy grocery list for parents, so you'll be organized for the week.
While we never force kids to eat anything, studies show that repeat exposure to veggies is key. So go ahead and serve veggies that you aren't sure your kids will enjoy, and do it knowing that it may not be an instant hit. Know that you're on the right path, and have faith that you're doing a great job. For daily lunchbox inspiration, be sure to follow us on Instagram or check out our School Lunch Gallery. This lunchbox features a favorite in my house: breakfast for lunch! It's got waffle with mini maple syrup, strawberries, broccoli, apples with sunflower seed butter to dip and chocolate chips for a sweet treat.