4 Creative Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Finish Their Lunches

| August 31, 2016 | 9 Comments

My younger daughter is the picky eater in our family. She tries to negotiate what she would like to eat at meal times and how it should look in order for her to enjoy it. School lunches are the real challenges for her to want to eat. If she had her way, she would have nothing but junk food packed for her lunches every day. Since this will NEVER happen, my other half and I have become creative so she will eat her lunches during the school year. I am sharing with you some of the methods we found successful with our daughter, and hopefully, they will help your picky eater want to finish their lunches as well!

Breaking down meals


Ottawa Mommy Club Motts Fruitsations Deconstructed Sandwich Photo


With our younger daughter, we found she did not like sandwiches. After scratching our heads as to what to do to get her to like sandwiches, we decided to give her deconstructed sandwiches. Basically, we would give her all of the parts of a sandwich, but we would add it to her lunch container. This way, she could see what she was eating. My daughter would also be able to make her own lunch combinations and eat the rest of it separately.

Keeping their eye on the prize


Ottawa Mommy Club Motts Fruitsations Food Art Photo


Kids are notorious for eating with their eyes. My daughter is no exception. She loves when her meals look bright and fun. There is more of a chance of her trying something new if it looks yummy. We try to do the following things to make her lunches look more inviting and fun:

  •  Cut sandwiches, cheese, and veggies into fun shapes your kids like so they are more willing to want to eat it with the help of a    cookie cutter or other shape making tools.
  • Find foods that are in their favourite colours and incorporate them into their lunches
  • Hide the nutrition into fun-looking foods such as brownies and homemade fruit roll-ups

They make lunches easier for her to eat and it also makes less waste for us to dispose of.

Have them help pick out the menu

When you go to a restaurant, you are rarely told what to eat, so why should it be the same where your children’s lunches are concerned? We ask our daughter to help pick out some options that she will actually eat for her lunches and that we can feel good about. If she is not sure, we then give her some advice.

One option parents can add to their children’s lunches this school year is Mott’s Fruitsations +Veggie fruit flavoured snacks. These yummy “gummie” treats contain fruit and vegetable juice from concentrate. Another great reason why Mott’s fruit flavoured snacks can make a great addition to your child’s lunch is that they do not contain any artificial flavours or colours. Each pouch of these fun snacks is only 80 calories and are available in two delicious flavours: Berry and Assorted. They are fabulous to pack for a lunch snack, to eat after school, or to have on-the-go!

Take a hands-on approach


Ottawa Mommy Club Motts Fruitsations Product Photo 3


We also find that having our girl help prepare her lunch helps her become less of a picky eater. She is so proud of herself for helping with what she has put together and loves showing her friends what she was able to make. This sense of accomplishment makes her lunch choices that much tastier to eat!

These tips are just some of the ways parents can try to get kids to eat their lunches in creative ways. Kids are picky eaters for so many reasons, and trying more than one approach is the best to get kids to actually eat what’s in their lunchbox. These options could also lead to your child becoming more confident in other aspects of their life, wanting to try new things they may have not wanted to in the past. I hope that these tips help your children to become more adventurous with their palettes!

Disclaimer: This post was generously sponsored by Mott’s fruit flavoured snacks.



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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

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  1. kristen visser says:

    My oldest is a picky eater! But i know what she loves and thankfully they are all finger friendly food that don’t make a mess and motts fruitations are ones of the things she loves so thank you for the reminder as i will make sure to pack some in her lunch 🙂 she is starting school for the first time next week so this is all new to me 🙂

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    Great ideas here, love cutting the sandwiches into different shapes, and my grandkids love the Motts fruit snacks!!

  3. Elishia says:

    These are really good ideas! I refuse to make mealtimes a fight.

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    Some great tips! I agree getting them involved in making their lunches is often a good way to encourgae them to eat it.

  5. loriag says:

    I love adding treats that are more than treats like Fruit Sensations. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Awesome tips! Decorating food works like a charm.

  7. Nate says:

    Thanks for the tips

  8. Julie says:

    Great tips, my daughter would probably really enjoy a deconstructed sandwich, thanks for the idea!

  9. sarah alexis says:

    My kids LOVE the Mott’s fruit flavoured snacks!

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