A winner, a stack of pancakes and a chia pudding

Easy lunch box ideas for kids

Just when I think I have it all figured out, Parker goes and changes the rules.

Breakfast has always been easy. Given the chance, he’d empty the refrigerator each morning. Lunch is easy; he mostly eats what I pack without a fuss. Dinner has always been fine, aside from the vegetables. Given the chance, he’d ban all vegetables from the house.

But suddenly the game has changed.

Suddenly, he’s good with vegetables. As in, asking for seconds and thirds of broccoli. My kid? Seriously?

This was good, except that he also changed how he handles breakfast. His new routine (which has not been well received by the resident dad) is to request one of his usual breakfasts, let me go to the trouble of making it, then lose interest after a bite or two.

Just not used to food struggles before I’ve had my full pot of coffee…

This morning he asked for chocolate chip pancakes. I make them whole wheat and low sugar, so I was fine with that. Until he lost interest after eating half of one.

He eventually ate two. After I took his book away (breakfast is the only meal he’s allowed to read during).

Which is a long way of saying, I had a stack of pancakes on my hands as I set about packing his lunch today. So I figured, what’s good for breakfast, is good for lunch. He got a stack of them, toasty warm, in a thermos.

I also packed some deli turkey for protein, some blueberries and a chia pudding. He loves that stuff. The night before I mix about 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk and a few tablespoons of chia seeds. They plump and thicken into a pudding overnight in the refrigerator.

As for the winner of yesterday’s lunch box giveaway — Parker picked Denise S. Congratulations. And fear not… Many, many more lunch boxes and gear to give away. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.

Also, on Monday I’ll try to remember to share the two stupidly simple broccoli recipes that somehow have turned my son around on this vegetable.

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4 Responses to “A winner, a stack of pancakes and a chia pudding”

  1. AWirsch says:

    Thanks for the chia pudding idea!

  2. Denise S. says:

    Yay! Thanks Parker!

  3. Kathy C says:

    I’m going to try the Chia Pudding tonight!