|Ham and cheese on artisan Rosemary Bread sandwich, TJ's White Cheddar Popcorn, raspberries, green beans|
You can check out the witch tutorial for a general idea of how I made the sandwich, although instead of a toothpick or knife, I flipped the cutter and used the ear part to cut the sides of the hair. I tried to not let it cut through the top, but I kind of failed. Doh! I used a faces cutter to make eyes and lips out of ham scraps, not that you can really tell. I should have gone with a white cheese, even though I would have had to open a string cheese to do it! I glued everything together with cream cheese, and added some black sesame seeds to make the eyes stand out better.
To get the hat to stay on, since it's just a hollow cupcake topper (found at a bake shop somewhere) and not a pick, I stuck two pieces of uncooked spaghetti noodles into the bread to hold the hat in place. Then I scootched the whole sandwich up so the hat was pressing against the top of the EasyLunchbox compartment, so it wouldn't slide off the noodles! The lid pressed flush against the brim of the hat. Phew! Perfect fit!
(The nose-thing in the middle is actually a bit of rosemary baked into the bread.)
I rarely show before and after pictures, since her eating habits fluctuate based on what I packed, when she last ate, etc. But since starting this new morning preschool, she's been doing a bang-up job eating her lunches, especially the veggies. I've also been packing less food (hence all the silicone cups in the smaller compartments - to fill space and add color, so they don't look as empty!) to make just a meal's worth, since we're no longer nibbling throughout the day.
I send her lunch to school, instead of a "safe" snack, like with her afternoon preschool, because if she filled up on snacks right before lunch (they have snack then goodbye circle and songs, then home) she wouldn't have enough room for healthy lunch choices. Plus she's primed to crave healthier options, since they've just had recess before snack (see below.) Although some days, like this day, they don't have time for snack, but they come home soon after, where she then eats her lunch. But the days they do have time to eat snack, she comes home with less than half of her food (one time she had eaten every last morsel, and needed seconds at home!) and eats most or all of the rest in the hour we have before we leave for her afternoon preschool.
|(No, she did not eat the hat. She was off playing with it!)|
The Secret to her Eating Success:Her new preschool has the kids go to recess before snack time. I read somewhere a while ago that kids who eat after exercising not only eat more, they make healthier choices (scroll down on the link to check out the comparison charts.) Their bodies crave the nutrients that they've burned with all their physical activity, so their bodies want the fruits, veggies, proteins and grains, and less of the fats. On the flip side, kids who eat before recess tend to be sluggish and full, and less active! (Plus they eat less and tend to choose junkier options.)
So if your child's school does recess after lunch, be proactive! Tell your school and PTA the benefits of recess before lunch and try and make a positive change for the health of every child! Google "should kids eat before or after recess" for a ton more articles and resources.
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