The Footsi is designed by Australian-based Mel Howe from Pimp My High Chair who, like lots of other Mum's, loved the ease of cleaning the IKEA Antilop high chair*, but noticed that without a footrest her daughter looked uncomfortable and showed little interest in her food. From this, she realised that a footrest was needed, thus the Footsi was born!
Seeing your child come home with the lunchbox almost as full as when they left can be extremely frustrating and may even leave you feeling a little hopeless when it comes to lunchbox prep! Below, I have listed a few handy ways to try and get your little ones finishing their lunches, from the starting out in big school stage all the way to that dreaded fussy older child phase!
The key to the perfect lunchbox is balance. This means that every day your child is getting at least one item from the three main food groups in their lunchbox: carbohydrates, protein, fruit and/or vegetables. Including all food groups also ensures your child gets their fibre intake. Eating foods rich in fibre helps prevent constipation and safeguards against other bowel problems.
We would all love to have our children eat everything we pack in their lunchbox, but unfortunately this is usually not the case especially when it comes to fussy eaters. As a busy parent, it can be really frustrating trying to keep up with your child's ever-changing likes and dislikes. One day they might love their veg, and the next refuse to eat it! The following strategies will help you include new foods and get your child, picky or not, eating a more varied lunchbox.
When to offer snacks and what snacks are best to curb after school cravings in children is definitely a question that comes up all the time. My Lunchbox Made Easy book has a whole section on snacks, so a perfect addition if you're looking for simple, healthy snack recipes that you can whip up for the school lunches!