Have you ever tried to keep up with feeding 13 and 11 year old boys? They eat like horses! I remember the days that my hubby used to eat the things off their plates that they didn’t finish- ha! Now, if he reached for something on their plate he would probably draw back a stump! I don’t know where they put it all but they eat a lot. For example, on the rare occasion that we go to a fast food restaurant (their favorite is Chik-Fil-A) they get a large combo meal plus an extra sandwich and then a milkshake!
We really try to eat foods that are nutritious and good for growing boys. I pack the boys lunches on days they don’t like what school is serving. I haven’t bought Oscar Mayer Lunchables in a long time because they didn’t have enough food, with the meat and crackers, to satisfy my boys hunger since they were in the 1st grade. So, when I was contacted about the opportunity to review the new Lunchables I was a tad skeptical that what was in the box would satisfy their hunger. I was surprised at all that the new Lunchables contain- here is my boy’s reaction:
As you can see, there is a good amount of food contained in the new Lunchable box. A good sized sandwich, sugar free jello or applesauce, cookies and my boys favorite part, a water bottle with a Kool-Aid packet to pour in. All my boys added to their Lunchable lunch was fresh fruit (cantaloupe) and they were full until snack time.
If you visit the website, Lunchable Moms you can learn more about the options and wholesome ingredients included in the new Lunchables. In addition, a registered dietician gives great tips on ways to get your child to eat a healthy, well balanced diet.
Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, is a highly-regarded expert in child nutrition and family eating matters. As a dietitian and mother of two, Bridget knows that beyond thinking about feeding your child’s appetite, it’s also important to feed their potential. Habits like eating well and exercise are the cornerstones to building a healthy brain and body; but there’s also emotional and intellectual growth to think about.
Following are a few of Bridget’s favorite tips to help you feed your child’s potential:
Mix it Up
From lunchtime to snack time, be sure to constantly introduce new foods into your child’s diet. Food choices that are pumped with nutrients like dairy, whole grains, lean meats and fruits are good. Eating a wide range of foods that cross all food groups helps ensure that your child will obtain all the nutrients needed for optimal brain developmenti.
Brain growth happens from the inside and the outside. Essential fats, especially omega-3 fats and DHA, are critical, and so are activities, like reading, that stimulate cognitive developmentii. Research shows children who read regularly are more confident, perform at a higher level academically and are overall much happier people. So after eating a well-balanced meal, encourage your kids to curl up with a good book.
Fun and Fit
Exercise is a key component of any child’s healthy development for both their brains and bodies. It strengthens muscles and improves bone health. Activities such as basketball, tennis, dancing and active video games are great ways to ensure that ALL parts of your body are getting a work outv.
To view the full lineup of new Lunchables Lunch Combinations, which offer wholesome lunchtime options including lean meats, breads made with whole grains and spring water, visit www.lunchables.com.
So, what are you waiting for? Try the new Oscar Mayer lunchables today. If they can satisfy my boys’ appetites they get a gold star in my book!
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central on behalf of Oscar Mayer Lunchables and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.*