With Squeaks starting school we decided to opt of packed lunches so we knew what Squeaks was eating and could ensure as much as possible a balanced diet.
It did not go down well, whilst Squeaks has been having three packed lunches a week as part of her wraparound between playschool and preschool, five days a week after the summer break seemed a step too far.
I have been completely inspired by Capture by Lucy's Bento Babies and have found that it is much easier to think about a balanced diet when using portion control. Since using an enticing portion approach to packed lunches a packet of crisps is spread over the week, and I know this is being accompanied by fruit, yoghurt as well as a biscuit.
We've steered completely away from chocolate, which I was curious about, because I recall my packed lunches always having a club, penguin or twix so didn't know whether eliminating chocolate was realistic.
We have compromised. Every Friday Squeaks has 'cinio' as opposed to 'brechdanau' (I am so having to keep up with Squeaks' Welsh language education). This is a great motivator as Friday is also PE day. And this way it means we finish the week on a high rather than the downward spiral to the weekend.
As a result of packed lunches our kitchen drawer has been overhauled through a mix of Ebay and Mummy's Marvellous Munches. Whilst ordering from Ebay will get you some great items from Japan I loved the service I recieved from Mummy's Marvellous Munches- and in the recent sale managed to get some bargains much cheaper than Ebay, as well as fab Lego lunchboxes for the boys in advance of them needing packed lunches for wraparound.
Receiving some goodies from Ella's Kitchen meant I was inspired to look at other ways of preparing a packed lunch. Focused on colour, or similar takes. At the same time I could use my little purchases to help Squeaks with her letters as her lunches had animals and words to wow her.
I was surprised that Squeaks loved the smoothies.
I know I shouldn't be surprised but more recently Squeaks has made a point of wanting 'big girl food' as opposed to what her brothers would have.
Given her brothers are manic about smoothies I thought we would have a problem.
Obviously it's just the opposite, mummy became the worst mummy ever on the day we had exhausted our supply of pouches.
And because each pouch contains just over one of Squeak's five a day keeping them as part of her packed lunch means I have another route to make sure she is getting her requirement.
I've really enjoyed having extra motivation for packed lunches, and fortunately the recipient feels the same!
Disclosure: We received Ella's Kitchen Smoothie Fruits for the purposes of this review. All opinions and views expressed are our own.