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Sophie's Food Tips for Picky Eaters

If anyone knows a thing or two about picky eaters it’s me! When Archie first started school he was picky. Different foods could not touch one another and his school also had a no plastic policy. I really struggled to find a plastic-free lunchbox that worked for him and his school's requirements so I decided to make my own. A couple of years later the CrunchBox was born! 

CrunchBox 3 Pot Set

The CrunchBox has four different compartments so food can be easily separated and gives you the opportunity to fill each compartment with something delicious and make lunches more inviting! We’re so excited to have added a new addition to our product range, our Mini CrunchBox - the next evolution to our CrunchBox design. We’ve designed this so you and your kids can mix and match! It's now completely leak proof meaning you can pack liquid lunches with confidence that they won’t leak. 

I know that as a parent, it can be challenging to come up with healthy and tasty lunch ideas for fussy kids. It can be especially frustrating when you put time and effort into preparing a lunch only for it to come back uneaten. But fear not, there are ways to make lunchtime a success for everyone! 

Here’s some of our tips for making lunches for picky eaters: 

Involve your kids in the lunch-making process

This can help them feel more invested in the food they are eating and make them more likely to try new things. You can ask them to help you brainstorm ideas for lunch or let them choose from a selection of healthy options you have prepared.

Make it fun and visually appealing

Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches and fruits into fun shapes, and include a variety of colors in your lunchbox. Displaying food in an appealing way and keeping it all separate works well for picky eaters. Our CrunchBox and Mini CrunchBox are perfect for this! 

Include a variety of food groups 

This ensures they are getting all the nutrients they need! Include whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. Don't be afraid to get creative and think outside the box - a wrap filled with scrambled eggs and veggies, or a quinoa and black bean salad, can be just as tasty and satisfying as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Hide veggies

Many kids will shudder at the sight of a spinach or an avocado, but won’t even notice they’re there if you blend them into a smoothie, add to muffins or include it in a pasta sauce! Being creative at ‘hiding’ vegetables is a great way to add more of them into their diet. We also love adding them into soups and curries! 

Mini CrunchBox

Use leftovers

Another tip is to pack leftovers from dinner the night before. This can save time and ensure that you are using up food that might otherwise go to waste and that you know they already like! Our Mini CrunchBox is ideal for packing leftovers in. With two compartments and a silicone seal this CrunchBox is leakproof so you don’t have to worry about sauces leaking. 

Our last word of advice? Don't be discouraged! It can take some trial and error to find lunch options that your picky kids will enjoy. Keep offering a variety of healthy options and eventually you will find what works for your family. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can make lunchtime a success for everyone. Happy packing!