When it comes to food, I really wouldn’t consider myself any great expert. I’m no cook, and years of dealing with fussy eaters at home has worn me down in terms of trying new things. But I’m always totally committed to filling the kids’ tummies with as wholesome ingredients as I can muster (or sneak in under the radar!) and particularly when it comes to lunchtime solutions.
Recently Irwin’s Bakery got in touch to see if we’d like to try the new Irwin’s Better You range and I jumped at the chance to get the kids involved in a little lunch time challenge. If you watched on Insta-Stories last week you’ll have seen this in action! My theory is always that giving kids ownership over their food – whether that’s through picking it, cooking or baking it, or just assembling it – is a sure fire way to encourage them to enjoy it that little bit more. The bonus of Irwin’s Better You is that it is available in wholemeal and white, but both are low sugar and fat, as well as being high in fibre, perfect for little tummies and growing bodies.
My three aren’t traditional sandwich lovers, and so we opted for these Bento boxes a few years ago. I still like to ensure that they have each of the main food groups at lunch time, but I’ve found that by splitting it up like this, and letting them choose which elements they’d like, it means they look forward to packed lunches more readily. It also really creates awareness over what they are eating, and the appropriate portion sizes for each of the different elements.
We started off our challenge by arranging each of our lunch ingredients into their different groups (shout out to Eva for the brilliant labels! 🙂 ) This is a great exercise, particularly for younger children, as I think it helps direct them properly when they come to fill each section of their little boxes. (It amazed me how Annie spoke so confidently about all her food groups after we did this!)
Eva isn’t a butter lover but providing options for dipping bread – like jam or houmous – is always a winner in our house. The advantage of having it sectioned off like this is that there are no soggy sandwiches either! I also just wanted to note that so much excess bread (even crusts!) were dipped and nibbled in the making of this post. I can never get them to eat crusts normally!
I know that it’s definitely more time consuming to put lunches together this way. If you’re anything like us, in term time it’s usually thrown together at 10pm the night before. But as an option a few times a week (or even on a Sunday afternoon!) I think it’s well worth it. My three really loved doing it for our picnic, and it saved me the hassle of coaxing them to eat what I’d made for them too. They loved the Irwin’s Better You range and as a mum it’s great to have a bread option that is low in sugar and fat but still tastes great! Every scrap disappeared, and we were only sorry the Grains section hadn’t been bigger! 😉
Irwin’s Better You range can be found across NI in Asda, Centra, Iceland, Mace, Sainsbury’s, Spar, SuperValu and Tesco. It really is delicious! For recipes and more information about Irwin’s products visit www.irwinsbakery.com
** Thank you so much to Irwin’s Bakery for working with us on this post. All opinions, words, images and love of a good ‘picky’ lunch entirely our own. 🙂 **