Guest blog by Sam Hadadi,
September always has us excited about change – it’s the perfect time for turning over a new leaf and welcoming a new start.
With summer drawing to a close, September is also the time to send the kids back to school (oh, how we miss shopping for new school stationery!) and get yourself prepared so you can give them the best possible start for the new year.
Yet, if you find yourself swamped by mountains of school uniform, endless pencil cases and shiny new lunchboxes, then the rest can seem overwhelming.
However, we’re here to help all you frazzled mums and dads with our top tips for the new school term:
1) Try new and exciting things. Make fruit exciting by creating a fruit slaw, or supply tubs of hummus with veggies instead of a sandwich. You could even try drawing faces or writing messages on boiled eggs or banana skins!
2) Even fussy eaters should be given a variety of different foods (plus old favourites so you know they won't go hungry). They're more likely to try new foods when eagle-eyed mum's not watching.
3) Try leftovers - if they liked it the night before, they’ll probably love it the next day cold!
4) Involve your child – By asking your little one to make their lunch with you, they’re more likely to try the foods. Ask for their help in selecting the snacks you give them and let them have a say.
5) Supply your child with a small range of foods, as they can be overwhelmed by huge portions. If they always seem to dive in for the same foods over and over, don’t be worried – simply try adding new foods slowly!
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Sam Hadadi is an ex-BBC journalist and now a freelance writer specialising in fitness and food.