Hundreds of parents have decided what the ‘perfect’ school lunch box looks like – so do you agree?
- A mom shared a photo of the ‘perfect’ school lunch box she packs every day
- The simple lunch included crackers, fruit, a sandwich, cheese and skittles
- Many parents claimed her post took the pressure off making fancy lunches
- A Nutrition Therapist Revealed That Kids Prefer Simple Lunches They Know
A mom shared a photo of what she thought was the ‘perfect’ lunch box — and hundreds of parents agree.
“Normalization of mediocre lunches here,” she wrote in a Facebook group post dedicated to school lunches. “This is my toddler’s lunch most days.”
The photo showed a standard metal lunch box with goldfish crackers, half an apple, a sandwich, cheese stringers and a couple of Skittles.
A mom shared a photo of what she thought was the ‘perfect’ lunch box: goldfish crackers, half an apple, a sandwich, cheese stringers and a few cones
Many parents expressed the pressure they felt to create unique, “perfect” lunches every day.
“I take about the same, but I wouldn’t call it mediocre,” said another mother. “I use what my child will eat so they don’t starve after school.”
“Honestly, a lot of kids eat better when their meals look simple,” revealed one mother. “My six-year-old eats his simple lunches more than the extravagant, over-packed lunches – I think it overwhelms him and can do the same for many other kids!”
Another shared a similar story, in which she focuses on giving her son “healthy” and “new” foods at home, but sends him vegetable chips, fruit snacks and sliced strawberries with peanut butter to school.
Many parents expressed the pressure to make ‘perfect’ lunches every day
Children have a developing palate well into their teens and are unaccustomed to different types of unfamiliar foods
Children have a developing palate well into their teens and are not used to different types of unfamiliar foods.
One father said, “My daughter is so picky and refuses to touch anything new, especially when she’s not at home,” he said. “It’s easier for everyone to send some of her comfort food and call it quits.”
Several parents joined in and shared photos of their children’s lunch and snack boxes.
A mother’s photo showed some fruit, bread, popcorn and Yakult.
She captioned it, “My daughter is always guaranteed to finish this — and that’s more important than anything that looks aesthetically pleasing.”
Other photos included baked beans, pizza crusts, juice boxes and chips.
One father said: ‘My daughter is picky and refuses to touch anything new, especially when she’s not at home – so it’s easier to just send some of her comfort food and cut it off’
Parents revealed they’d rather send ‘simple’ foods that their kids are guaranteed to eat, than something special that looks better
Many parents could find comfort in these ‘poor’ foods.
“I’m proud to be one of those working moms who don’t have time to cut out shapes and make gourmet lunches for my child every day.”
“I’ve been in nutritional therapy for a long time and the therapist always insisted on giving kids foods they would eat rather than trying to look fancy,” another revealed.