Monday, 6 May 2013

Helping make packed lunches fun- Walkers Hoops and Crosses

Have you had the packed lunch pressure yet?
I would guess someone at Walkers has come into contact with a list of contraband items.
And fortunately taken this list of 'tick list' items and figured out to make it fun.

Squeaks has been having packed lunches at nursery since September as part of her wraparound.
I'm not sure what meal times are like for most three years olds.
Swings and roundabouts sums it up for us.

So, I was pretty pleased this weekend when a friend arrived on my doorstep to provide a solution to the lunchbox dilemmas.
Ok, a bit contentious.
With three children, why is he my friend?
Because I can get away with introducing him to three children as my friend.
I figure I need the cuddly chum in my life right now.

And because my friend knew whilst the children would be grateful of his gift, I would benefit from knowing my children are eating well.

What did my new friend bring as a gift?
Hoops and Crosses.
What makes them a good idea?
They're quite good fun.
Most advice focuses on being confident enough to let your child play with their food.
Hoops and Crosses takes the approach of teaching your child to play with their food.
With the added parental nod of being 56% wholegrain.
So they're a good addition to a lunch box.
And this is good because most children don't get nearly enough of the wholegrain needed as part of a healthy diet.
So it seems a great way to ensure a balanced diet.

So, where are we at with this snack?
Hoops and Crosses are available in three flavours- salt and vinegar; roast beef; and prawn cocktail.
Given my children at the moment I'd recommend the addition of cheese flavour.
All three found the roast beef a bit too strong a taste. But love the texture.
All three loved the idea of being allowed to play with their food.

We love the idea of a Hoops and Crosses snack in the lunchbox.
I love the idea of Squeaks encouraging and being encouraged to have fun with food.
All three took well to the concept of the Hoops and Crosses- which is fantastic! (Although it does bring out competitive edges!).

We will definitely add Walkers Hoops and Crosses to the shopping list for all three children, and it's a definite for Squeaks- ensuring a good diet and developing social skills- it's a no-brainer!

Disclaimer: We received items to review and compensation for the purposes of this post. All views and opinions contained are our own.

1 comment:

  1. looks like you had lots of fun with this! My kids are a little bit older and so we played lots of fast rounds of noughts and crosses!


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