Since starting my thought process about healthy lunchboxes, I’ve found myself approaching each trip to the supermarket as a quest for new ideas and fun foods to try. I’ve also been encouraging Small Child to be more interested in food (where it comes from for example, or how it grows). We spotted a pile of coconuts the other day, and he thought that they were giant kiwi fruit, so we bought one to take home and try. Draining it of milk and then smashing it open with a hammer brought back fond memories of my brothers winning piles of coconuts on the coconut shy at school summer fairs.
Another find that day was mini peppers. I love anything in miniature, and Small Child thought they were cute, so I bought some to try in a lunch box. We also recently made the very exciting discovery of purple carrots, which came in our organic vegetable box last week. Fact of the day; all carrots used to be purple, but became orange by process of mutation and cultivation over the years. Apparently in Roman times, carrots came in purple or white, not orange!
Yesterday I decided to try out a couple of these exciting finds in a lunch box. In the box was sliced cucumber, a mini orange pepper filled with some soft cheese (Philadelphia garlic and herb), sliced purple carrots (orange inside, so pretty!), whole-grain crackers, ham penguins and some cubed cheese with a couple of cute cat picks. I absolutely love the teeny tiny cutters that came with the bento cutter kit I used for the penguin, especially the cute little feet!
To fill the pepper so that it would be easy to eat, I cut the top off, cut the rest of the pepper in half to remove the seeds, then spread a little cheese on each half. I then put the pepper back together (the cheese helped it stick) so that Small Child could see that he had a whole one to himself. It was the first thing he ate!
For dessert he had some mini fruit kebabs (pear, plum, kiwi and grapes) and a heart shaped silicone cup filled with organic natural yoghurt (no sugar). The face was made with a grape sliced in half (eyes) and a piece of a strawberry fruit peeler for the mouth (another fun little supermarket food find).
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the process of putting the lunch box together, and Small Child polished off every last crumb.