If you follow me on instagram, you may already know about my love affair with lunchboxes – bento style in particular. I enjoy creating fun and colourful lunches for Ted and they are always a labour of love. Sometimes I make him ‘themed’ lunches using shaped cutters and bento picks and accessories, but mostly I try to offer him a variety of different foods that are healthy and that he enjoys. Here are some of my recent creations:
We were excited to get the opportunity to take part in the #HartleysYourLunchbox challenge and received a shiny new lunchbox to customise with colourful stickers and two no added sugar Hartley’s jelly pots. Ted was delighted by the stickers and we set to work to give our lunchbox some love. We chose the Teddy to the theme for lunchbox decoration, which I decided to continue with when I created Ted’s actual lunch. Here is what we came up with!
For Ted’s teddy bear themed lunch I made him a bear-shaped ham sandwich, some fruit shapes, some little teddy biscuits, an orange with a little bear bento pick, some red pepper threaded through cucumber slices, some cheese and of course, a pot of Hartley’s jelly! The jelly is a perfect addition to a lunchbox – a tasty treat and a great alternative to a yogurt. He really enjoyed eating it and the little added touches kept him amused whilst he munched his lunch. Here are my top tips for creating quick, fun and nutritious lunches:
- Invest in some shaped cookie cutters to brighten up any sandwich – it takes no time at all to use them and is a good way of getting rid of crusts
- Get creative with your fruit and veg to make it more appealing to your little ones – this could be as simple as adding a food pick to it or using smaller cutters to make shapes
- Silicone molds or cupcake cases make excellent dividers to separate treats and snacks
- Let your child be involved in making and choosing their lunch – then they are more likely to eat it if they have been part of the process
- Try to include a bit of everything – fruit, grains, protein, dairy, and vegetables – then a little treat like a biscuit won’t hurt!
- Offer new things – a lunchbox is a great way to introduce new foods for your little one to try for the first time
You can get your hands on your own Hartley’s lunchbox to customise by collecting 12 of the green lids from promotional pots.
This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox