There are some very creative Mums who put their heart and soul into preparing imaginative themed lunchboxes for their children. I'm not one of them. I love looking at Eats Amazing Instagram feed, she is truly creative.
My problem is my guys won't eat food they don't want, even if it's cut into fancy shapes and decorated with pirate flags, battle droids' templates and charming little doodas. When it comes to food and lunchboxes in particular, my guys are a real pain.
It's ironic that with a foodie Mum, both of my sons are very fussy eaters.
I have tried cutting sandwiches in fancy shapes. Eddie would look with great interest, comment on how cool they look, and then would push the plate back to me.
In our case, the plain look works better.
The summer is fast approaching its end, and soon we'll have to start the hectic mornings again. I always feel like a senior officer in the barracks, waking everyone up and barking orders "Wake up! Time to get ready for school! Breakfast! blah-blah"
I try to add different foods to my sons' lunchboxes, I truly do. But they are definitely not an Instagrammable material, as they are more or less the same.
Eddie eats school lunches most days, but when they serve the roast on Wednesdays, he asks for a lunchbox.
What does he usually have? He has an apple for a mid-morning snack. Any other fruit is looked upon as an alien food.
Let's have a peek inside his lunchbox:
A Dairylea lunchable with crackers, ham and cheese, a few carrot sticks, a Yolly (a raspberry or strawberry yogurt on a stick), a Babybel cheese (red or blue), a drink and a Yo Bear Snack (preferably green or purple). He sometimes asks for a plain butter sandwich: just a slice of buttered bread and nothing else. It has to be cut into triangles, and none of them teddy bear or Hello Kitty shapes.
Eddie likes Jelly Pots and Hartley's Fruit in Jelly pots (which we discovered earlier this year), and I buy them often enough. He usually eats one in the afternoon as an after-school snack, but I wonder if we could try introducing them to his lunchbox.
Hartley's Jelly Pots have started a new campaign, Hartley's Your Lunchbox. This campaign aims to inspire parents and children as a motivation tool to get more creative with their children's lunchboxes.
It also encourages families to collect special edition green lids from across No Added Sugar Pots (115g). Once you collect 12, you are invited to claim a free Hartley's lunchbox and stickers to decorate it. The sticker alphabet will help you personalise the lunchbox with a child's name, or any message they would like to display on it.
If your child loves jelly, Jelly Pots are the perfect size for children's lunchboxes. The range of flavours is wide, so you can always find those you like the best.
What do you put into your kids' lunchboxes?
This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley's Jelly.
Disclosure: We received a lunchbox, stickers and two pots of jelly to take part in the challenge. All opinions are ours.