I want my children to be healthy and strong. I want them to be energetic so they can learn and serve others without wearing down. What they fuel their bodies with is an important part of this equation.
I want my children to be healthy and energetic. What they fuel their bodies with is important. Click To Tweet
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Where Did I Go Wrong?
I am willing to bet that my kids are pickier eaters than yours. Unless your kids are like the girl that only ate chicken nuggets and french fries, there is a great chance I have you beat. Do you have a kid that won’t touch a vegetable, but will at least eat some fruit? I have a picky eater that won’t even touch fruit anymore.
If there were a “ Getting Your Kids To Eat Healthy” contest, I would win the booby prize. I don’t know where I went wrong. I don’t fix special meals for our kids. They are expected to eat what we eat. I always offer healthy choices at snack time. We keep fruit and veggies in the house. I gave them veggies first as babies so they would acquire a taste for them. What do I get for my efforts? Nothing! They often sit and stare at their plates, practically going hungry because they would rather starve than accidentally ingest a tiny sliver of tomato. They have become experts at excavating itty bitty bits of anything that could be considered true nourishment. My only hope is that my picky eaters might get a veggie or two by osmosis.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Genesis 1:29-31 ESV
Many of you send your kids to public school and pack lunches. Even though we homeschool, we are often away from home at lunch for Community Bible Study, co-op, or field trips. When we are home, I like to have lunch ready to go so we don’t take too much time away from our studies. It’s far too easy to grab a Lunchable for the kids and be ridden with guilt the rest of the day.
If you are on Pinterest, you see all these posts of adorable and healthy “kid” lunches. I turn to them in hopes of finding a solution to my picky eaters. Unfortunately, most of the time those lunches are dressed up adult food. My kids won’t eat that stuff. Plus many of them often take a huge amount of time to make. So here is a short, but powerful collection of resources for foods that my picky eaters might actually eat. Maybe…Here is a short, but powerful collection of resources for foods that my kids might actually eat. Click To Tweet
Toddler Lunch Ideas (That Your Big Kids Will Like Too)
What are your favorite healthy lunches for your family? How do you impress the importance of health on your children?