Once upon a time, I really enjoyed the planning and making of Simon’s lunch each day, and took great care in the presentation. It was always one of the tasks that I looked forward to doing while he was napping. Over the holiday months, I fell out of my daily routine, and when Simon would wake from his nap I would end up hastily throwing something together last-minute. I still managed to pull off nutrition, but I stopped offering variety and toddler-friendly presentation.
Since I want to encourage him to develop a good relationship with food, I believe slowing down and taking more time to make a meal, as well as to make it look good to him is important. By doing this while he is sleeping I am not pressured by his post-nap hunger to just grab whatever is easiest, and am more likely to offer up things that are new for him to try as well.
So, I have made a conscious effort to start making more fun meals for my little guy at lunch time again. In doing this, I have rediscovered how much I like doing so, and have found more motivation for planning our family dinner, too. (Which I desperately needed!)
Here is one lunch I made this week:
Organic tri-colored tortellini’s with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, some slices of star fruit, and a piece of Wasa bread with a tad of yogurt butter spread on it. I already knew Simon loved the pasta, but he had never tried star fruit before. I also knew he doesn’t like his Wasa plain, so I used the little bit of yogurt butter to bribe him. I had the same lunch that he did, and I noticed he was encouraged to try bites of each thing when he saw me do so. (Toddlers really like to emulate big people!)
He loved his lunch, especially the star fruit! I had a sense of motherly pride that he had tried a new fruit, and that I had made him a balanced lunch. I am also so happy to be getting out of the “Oh-goodness-what-to-feed-the-child?” slump that I was trapped in.