Written by Jolene Hrynyk, a volunteer at Calgary Family Nutrition. For more information, you can see her bio here.
This isn’t to grill them on why they didn’t eat the carrots you so lovingly cut up for them! Instead, look for patterns in what they are and aren’t eating.
Consider that taste isn’t the only thing that influences what your child chooses to eat at lunch. The rush to get to outside play, not wanting sticky fingers, feeling self-conscious of what was packed or eating in front of others are all potential reasons a child may not eat a part of their lunch beyond simply not being hungry. You can have a gentle conversation with them about what items they don’t eat after you see a pattern. If there are no patterns and they tell you they just aren’t hungry sometimes that is ok. Allow them to honour their hunger and fullness cues. Have a snack ready (or pack one) for after school when they could be hungry again.
Here is another example of a lunch following the principles I wrote about earlier this week:
Main: Baked egg muffins packed with veggies similar to the recipe here for protein and fat with some lentil crackers for carbohydrate,
Fruit: Pitted cherries
Vegetable: The egg muffins are packed with veggies
What always comes back home from lunches in your house?