As a stay at home mom who hates cooking I find lunch times really tough. It becomes so easy to get lazy and fall into a repetitive cycle of serving the same foods for lunch day in and day out. I know when I'm stuck in this rut by my sons lack of interest in meal time. When he is bored he throws temper tantrums, throws food everywhere and tests whatever possible boundaries he can from his highchair. I've found putting a bit of extra effort into his lunches and being creative in making them not only makes him excited about lunch time, but motivates and excites me as well.
Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite inspirational websites to help you beat lazy lunches and put some excitement back into meal times:
Bento lunches with toddler and preschool themes.
Lots of inspiring ideas on making meals in muffin tins. She also host a linky party called Muffin Tin Monday.
Creative and delicious bento box lunches for the whole family as well as gluten free recipes.
Delicious and healthy recipes for babies, toddlers and the entire family.
Creative ideas and recipes for bento box lunches.
Creative ideas for lunch times and host to What's For Lunch Wednesday Linky party. Love Kids Can Cook Mondays as well.
Funky ideas for sandwiches perfect for all ages.
Although some of these ideas require a bit more effort than some of us are used to the benefits definitely make the extra effort worth while (even if you just do it once or twice a week). Your children will be excited about their meal, more willing to try new things and most likely happy to finish their entire meal. You will feel more motivated with meal times and enjoy having a new creative outlet that you can look forward to making. Creative lunches also make for great conversation as they are a wonderful way to introduce new vocabulary to young children and a great way to break the ice with people at school and outside the home. The best part is that you are creating fun memories and new traditions with your family! Of course the down side of starting bento boxes, muffin tin meals and the like is that they can be extremely addicting. Trust me on this one!
Do you have a tip or creative idea on making meal times fun? I'd love to hear about it! And if you have a great recipe that you'd like to share I hope you'll link it up to my Favorite Family Recipes linky party in my idea box.
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