Before & After Lunchbox

Love It, Like It, Learning It Lunchbox:

Love It Foods: organic raisins, apple slices, pretzel thins

Like It Foods: sliced turkey breast (from Costco), carrots

Learning It Foods: apple cheddar cheese (from Trader Joe's), bell peppers


Before & After Images:

Observations of an Apprehensive Eater:

She took a bite of the cheese! Plus, she ate part of the turkey. That makes me happy.

Why? Because she is a creature of habit with cheese. She loves sliced colby jack, shredded cheddar, and babybel rounds. Otherwise, anything that shifts too much from those are often left untouched -- even string cheese?! But in attempts to expose her to variety, I like to see if there are other options she may be open to at least exploring. This apple one is such a tasty fall treat in my opinion; it is a seasonal item at Trader Joe's I wanted to try. and am so glad I did. Even if Claire never took to it while we had it, I am glad she at least took a taste. Remember, sometimes the biggest progress is in the smallest, unsolicited bites.

As for turkey, this one is hit or miss. Since this turkey is a more natural option to traditional lunch meat, I would like for her to become more familiar with it and favor it. We rarely ever have lunch meat around, so this becomes an easy, affordable option for adding some protein to her lunches. Even if it is just a like it food and something she doesn't eat a ton of, I find comfort in how protein-packed it is. One ounce of meat equals 7 grams of protein, so for a child her age (almost 3), that provides almost half of her daily protein needs.