Same Lunch Every Day -- Tips to Break the Habit

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I guess I'm lucky. My son doesn't insist on eating the same lunch every day like a lot of picky kiddos. Nope, my excellent son only eats the same lunch 4 to 5 times a week. Ham and cheese on wheat bread, dried dates or grapes, and graham crackers. The other one to two days I'm allowed to switch it up with a PBJ sandwich (made with natural peanut butter and preserves). Thanks fore being so cooperative, son (insert sarcastic tone here)!

Okay, okay, so my boy's addiction to cold cuts is not great. But at least he's getting some variety -- protein, carbs and fiber. And it's slightly better than what one blogger on Parent Dish is going through with her preschooler. Her daughter only eats ONE very protein heavy, processed lunch every single day: Tofu nuggets, Goldfish crackers, string cheese, grapes or banana, drinkable yogurt.


This mom wondered if the same lunch every day was really such a bad thing, especially if it's fairly healthy, and interviewed an expert on how to work more variety into a toddler's diet. What the expert told her:

1. Make gradual changes so she doesn't freak out. If the child overdoes it on the Goldfish crackers, mix them with some small whole-grain crackers, and gradually shift the mix to mostly whole-grain crackers. The same goes for the juice-water ratio at home.

2. Add a vegetable and take away some carbs or protein or whatever your toddler is overdosing on. Edamame are good starter vegetables, the expert says, as well as snap peas, broccoli cut into little trees, and carrots cut in thin strips.

For more tips, check out Parent Dish.


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