Toddler food can be fun and healthy

By George Georgievski, School Lunch Box

How is it possible? As a dad I look for the simple things, the quick and easy way. I’m super stoked to share my fun creations for your toddlers.

Remember it’s ok to experiment and make mistakes. I remember my wife yelling at me for putting the toaster on its side and using it as a little pizza oven. Apparently I could have burnt the house down. However, it’s a little kitchen secret I now use when my wife isn’t home of course. 

My story: firstly, I’m a dad. I do all the cooking in my household. That includes breakfast, school lunches and dinner. Why? Because it’s my duty as a parent; it’s what we do as parents. Secondly, my wife runs the household, school pick ups, activities, plus she works most days as well, so it’s the least I can do to lessen the burden.

My dad used to say to me, “to be a good dad, you have to be a great husband”. After all, I need to set the standard for my girls.

My girls were little fussy eaters, they wouldn’t touch a basic sandwich. I needed to be creative, however I didn’t want to spoil them with creations that took an hour to prepare. For example, a panda bear made from rice with a rare tropical fruit. I’m a dad, I need simple and quick. So I looked at adult food for inspiration, hence my creation of the spring-wich, which is a sandwich crossed with a spring roll. Using simple ingredients that I’d normally use for making sandwiches is all I wanted to use. When I started making my healthy creations, my girls would get excited, so hype it up in the kitchen, show them that it’s fun. Remember to eat your creation, make a song and dance over the fact that it’s fun to eat and that it tastes yummo. I believe in the “monkey see monkey do” theory. In my case my little monkey’s loved the fact that if it was good enough for me to eat, it was good enough for them to eat.

So here it is, dust off the apron and sharpen the knives.

How to make a Spring-Wich

Let’s get creative, check out the pictures. We will make a spring roll sandwich, which I call the Spring-Wich, or a roll up. The beauty about this is that it’s easy for your toddler to hold and enjoy, remember they eat with their eyes, it needs to look super cool.

Essential tools of the trade:

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Rolling pin
  • A big smile

Steps:

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Firstly, you can use any bread you like, fresh bread works best. Cut the crusts off, you can freeze the crusts and make breadcrumbs with them.

  1. Using a rolling pin, flatten the bread so it’s nice and flat.
  2. Add your ingredients, I used sliced carrots and cucumbers. You can literally add anything you like. Be as creative as you like. The good thing about the Spring-Wich is that you can hide lots of goodness in them.
  3. Fold in the edges and roll the bread, the Spring-Wich is now taking shape.

And there it is! How easy was that? Enjoy the Spring-Wich and be as creative as you like with the ingredients, these are also awesome party food, imagine a tray full of them instead of meat pies and hot dogs. Healthier and way cool!

Now, remember you can use any filling, you can even sneak in some awesome veggies too. These are easy to pack and you can easily fit three to four in a zip lock bag. Enjoy!

You can see the video here on either my Facebook page or Instagram page: www.facebook.com/schoollunchboxau or www.instagram.com/schoollunchbox

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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