I'm running very low on sleep this week, which generally means low on inspiration too - my brain doesn't function too well on anything less than 8 hours a night, and I've been getting far less than that recently. The lovely Small Baby has also decided that 5am is his new wake-up time, and nothing I try can persuade him otherwise! I am not a morning person at all, so as I'm sure you can image I am not impressed with this new timetable! Fortunately, the Yumbox, which I have been using a lot recently, takes a lot of the effort out of making lunches, in that all I have to do is find something to go in each of the labelled compartments - which is ideal on a sleep deprived morning when my brain is feeling sluggish!
In this lunch Small Child had a pile of poppy and sesame seed crackers, carrot disks, a mini Babybel cheese with a bear cut from the wax to decorate, a silicone cup full of frozen peas, which defrost by lunchtime (did you know that peas are a good source of protein? I'm trying to use less processed meat in our lunches and they were one of the alternative protein options that I offered Small Child), chunks of fresh mango and some Greek style natural yoghurt. I decorated the lunch with cute animal picks, a grass shaped silicone divider and an elephant pick, and used edible marker pens to draw a 'ZOO' sign on the top cracker. I finished the lunch off with a special treat of some mini gummy bears, and packed a spoon and fork from our mini bento cutlery set in his lunch bag.
Small Child ate everything apart from the peas and some of the yoghurt, which he finished off as a small snack after school. He had decided that he didn't like peas after all (despite choosing them to go in the lunch that morning) but they soon vanished after I suggested he play a game of 'how many peas can you pick up with the elephant'!
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