It’s very rare that I pack a lunchbox for Esme. She isn’t in school yet and she spends her days with Nanny Jill, so there’s not been a need to yet. However, after being asked to take part in the #FloraLunchboxChallenge we decided to give it a go!
This is just a few of the things that Esme normally eats during the day.
Esme absolutely loves cheese, so cheese sandwiches are always a good place to start, and she loves yoghurt, so I like to make sure she has one of them ready to go. However, she’s starting to want bigger portions than these small pots of Petit Filous, so I might have to start buying a different one!
She used to really like Yollies, but she seems to want to rip them apart and squash them in her hands rather than eat them, so we stopped buying them after a while.
Esme loves a bit of chocolate, and with a healthy balance, I don’t feel that there’s much harm in letting her have some chocolate now and again. The chocolate that we buy lasts ages, and lately she’s been enjoying Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles. They’re a perfect size for her and she loves them!
I look for what’s the most convenient and quickest to make when preparing a lunchbox, and normally I’ll just bring a jar of food or a pot of Hipp, that I’ll warm up when I get to my location if we’re going out. However, Esme does like a sandwich (even if sometimes she’ll just eat the filling.)
Luckily, Esme isn’t a fussy eater and will try pretty much everything – providing she’s in the right mood. She really likes strawberries as well, so I know if I’m having a bad day trying to feed her, I can give her strawberries and she’ll eat all of them!
Although, her nappy can sometimes suffer after a few hours …
I was provided with a £5 voucher to purchase Flora butter, so that I could complete the #FloraLunchboxChallenge. I decided to go for the Buttery tub, because I’m a massive fan of butter and really wanted to make sure I had the buttery taste!
Every Flora tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils.
Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.
Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.
The #FloraLunchbox Challenge, sponsored by Flora is to help promote packing delicious and healthy lunchboxes. In addition to the sandwich, yoghurt and chocolate, strawberries would be in there and maybe a packet of Cheetos or Wotsits.
Flora had provided us with a meal planner to help us put together tasty and nutritious lunchbox combinations, however the meals all seemed a little bit too grown up for Esme at the moment, so I decided just to stick to what I know best.
However, the meal ideas sounded great, and I’d definitely recommend people with slightly older children trying them!
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here: http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids