What’s so great about meal planning anyway?

I used to think meal planning was just for SUPER organised mums (or dads). Mums with lots of kids, high-pressured careers, and, well, basically Type A personalities. I’m not one of those mums. I’m a stay/work at home mum, and I like to think I’m creative and spontaneous. But…I’ve gradually come to reluctantly realise that kids plus spontaneity is really just a recipe for disaster.

I’m not a planner. For me, planning is dull. Planning takes time. Planning takes away the fun. So, what’s so great about meal planning anyway?

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How to make food fun and enticing for kids

How to make food more fun and enticing for kids

This How to Make Food Fun and Enticing For Kids post is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Kind to Kidz. Images are of the Re-Play range, which can be purchased here.

Kids eat with all five senses, and usually eat with their eyes first. You probably know the scenario: they come to the table, take one look at the meal, and declare that they don’t like it before they’ve even tasted it. So, a great way to make a meal more appealing to kids is to make a habit of serving it in a fun, colourful way. 

Little peeps are drawn to bright colours, and young children especially equate eating with playing. To them, it’s all one and the same. It’s great if we can encourage a playful and positive attitude towards food, and allow them to view it as something interesting and fun, rather than overwhelming and stressful.

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A quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

Quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

This Quick Guide To Packing Healthy Preschool Lunchboxes is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love. Lunchbox images are of the Yumbox Original (6 compartments) and Little Lunchbox Co Bento 5, which can both be purchased here.

Is your little peep about to start preschool or kinder? Whatever you might call it where you are, I’m referring to the year that kids do before they start school. The year of play that prepares them for big school. If you have to pack preschool lunches, you might be wondering what on earth you’re going to give them, how much they’ll need, and what a good sized lunchbox might be for the three to five year age group. I’ve had fun testing out two lunchboxes from Bambino Love lately with my preschool-aged kids (well, one of them’s not quite two years old, but he sometimes eats more than my 5 year-old!), and I’d love to share my quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes with you.

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Learn how food chaining will help your picky eater

Food chaining

Food chaining is a simple method to help kids try new foods.

If you have a picky eater or two in your house, you know how stressful introducing new foods can be. They haven’t even seen, smelt or felt it and they’ve already decided that it’s “disgusting”.

There is a large component of picky eating that’s in their head. Especially if you have anxious children.

But knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it easier. You can’t “argue” with them that they would just like it if they actually “gave it a go”.

Telling them to put aside all their negative thoughts and move on, isn’t going to work.

Most adults have problems doing that so it’s hardly reasonable to expect kids to.

In fact, the more you “argue” and “coerce” the more they dig their heals and “know they really hate it!”

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How to get more vegetables into your kids lunchboxes

How to get more vegetables into kids lunchboxes

This article on Getting More Vegetables into Your Kids Lunchboxes is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Adventure Snacks. Lunchbox images are of the Go Green Snack Box, which can be purchased here.

One challenge that a lot of parents face is finding new and fun ways to get more vegetables into their kids’ lunchboxes. Packing sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, and baked goodies can sometimes be a little more straightforward, but beyond a few carrot and cucumber sticks, it gets tricky (and a bit monotonous!)…particularly if you’ve got a picky kid. So, we’ve done some experimenting in the Little Peeps Eats kitchen to come up with some simple and interesting ways to get more veggies into lunchboxes for your kids.

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The Essential List of Healthy Make Ahead Breakfasts

healthy make ahead breakfasts

Welcome to our essential list of healthy make ahead breakfasts for kids – you’re going to thank us! Mornings are a rush no matter what time you wake up…or are woken up by your little ones. Breakfast can often be so hurried and stressful that you sometimes don’t even get to sit down to eat it.  If you just spend a little time preparing something on the weekends, or the night before, mornings might just go a little smoother (I can’t help you with that missing shoe, though, sorry!).

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Don’t leave the house without a small bento box… here’s why!

“Don’t leave the house without a small bento box… here’s why!” is a collaboration between Baby Bento and Little Peeps Eats.

Who ever knew there were so many uses for a small bento box?

Just a few short weeks ago, my lovely friends at Baby Bento sent me a Penny Scallan Mini Bento Box to take for a test drive.  To be honest with you, I was sceptical about how much use I would actually get from a bento box of this size.  I’ve got plenty of regular sized ones, what do I need small bento box for?Continue Reading →

Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters Blueprint – say goodbye to cooking different meals for your family members!

This article on Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters is a collaboration between Dr Jennifer Cohen and Little Peeps Eats.

Welcome Jen, and congratulations on the launch of the “Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters Blueprint”!

I’m passionate about helping parents of fussy eaters (which is why I started my group), as I understand how frustrating this can be as a parent.  Which Is why I am so excited to find out more about Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters Blueprint!

But before we find out about the program, I’d love to find out a little bit more about you.
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