Thursday, June 09, 2011

Bento Thursday: Making Food Interesting

I haven't had a chance to download pictures of this week's bentos, so I thought I'd post an old picture and talk about making food interesting for kids. As I've shared before (and had other mom's of small children echo) sometimes kids just don't like new foods or ANY food. I don't know about you, but both of my kids would eat pretty much anything I put in front of them, until they turned about two, then they rejected about 75% of everything I served.

We have held to the principle that you have to eat what mom cooks or the other alternative is eating nothing at all. There are no substitutes. This means my kids go to bed without eating quite often. Usually thier plates stay on the table until they have fallen fast asleep (because they have been known to get hungry enough to get out of bed and come down and ask to finish thier dinner).

Although, usually not for dinner, I like to make lunch, and sometimes breakfast fun! They DO eat better and try more if the food in question has eyes on it or legs. I don't know why, but it's true!

I wanted to highlight two of my favorite sites where I steal many ideas from. The first is Disney's Family Fun site..I know, I know, it's terrible commercialization, but free information!

I also LOVE Cute Food For Kids Blog. It's great and very interesting. One of the best ideas I have found there are great ideas for those Babybel Cheeses. Unfortunatley, my kids don't like to eat the Babybel Cheese. I tasted it for the first time a few days ago and I concure, they don't taste that great. Oh well, mabye I'll try one of the new Babybel's and see if I have better luck.

By the way, I know it's difficult to see with the new font, but if you click on the name of the website, the link is embedded and should take you there. Happy Bentoing!


The Polo Club said...

Where do you get your edible markers and such for the lunches?

Danielle said...

walmart...anywhere in the baking isle has edible markers. Didn't you already have some??

The Polo Club said...

No I don't have the edible markers, I have other edible things, but not the markers. I think I have seen them though, now that you say that. I am going to start doing the bento lunches next week when Abby is officially home for the summer. Should be fun!

Anonymous said...

you girls are such good mommies.

Oma said...

I concur with Granny - and for anyone who is reading this- you guys have gotten all your creativity from me, right? And about the "good mommies", of course, that had to come from me too!!! LOL JK but I am very pleased that both of your girls are wonderful mothers - and you didn't do to bad picking out "great dad's" either. Love you lots.