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Little berries and bears

Posted on: August 17, 2012

My kids LOVE to go to the market.  I can’t handle all the grocery shopping with both of them so I get the basics by myself.  I do find it EXTREMELY important to take them to the local farmer’s markets, farms and organic stands in our area. I save my fruit and vegetable shopping just for them on the weekends.  If THEY pick it out, they will normally eat it.  I’m not sure who taught me this trick, but I am forever grateful.  Our rule is that they girls do not have to eat the whole thing, but they do have to try it when something new is introduced.  It helps to say things like, “Carrots give you x-ray vision.” or tell them that they’re very brave for trying new things. Experts even suggest stickers as a reward for eating fruits and vegetables.   I always make a big deal about them trying a new fruit or vegetable because for them it IS a big deal.  Remember it can take up to 15-20 tries before a child adapts to a new food.  I keep reintroducing things each week even if I know they haven’t eaten it the past 10 times.  Persistence does pay off.

Many moms and bloggers that I know have used the Today I Ate A Rainbow kit with great success.  You children get to reward themselves with different magnets for trying different colored foods each day.  It’s a fantastic way to make sure they’re getting their fruits and vegetables in too.

I had forgotten  I had these cute little bear cups for bentos so when I found them buried at the bottom of the bin, it was a must.  I made some small sandwiches with another little bear pastry plunger that I found at a local baking store.  In the bottom compartment are sugar snap peas and raspberries packed in our Easy LunchBoxes.

Little Miss 2 year old had a much smaller lunch.  She has strawberry sandwiches made with a pastry plunger as well.  Above the sandwiches are strawberry picks of blueberries and raspberries and on the right are sugar snap peas and strawberry hearts packed in her Gel-Cool brand Polar Bear bento.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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12 Responses to "Little berries and bears"

Love it! Now I *need* a bear sandwich stamp. LOL

I know, right? Bento junkies!

I love both your lunches! And those bear and strawberry sandwiches are adorable! I bet it was fun at the Farmer’s market. I am excited to go this weekend with my kids 🙂

Love the farmer’s markets!

Sooo cute 🙂 Thanks for including a link to Today I Ate A Rainbow…that was really sweet!

OK…how do I make the awesome cut out sandwiches???

These are the types of small pastry cutters I use. http://www.allthingsforsale.com/search?search_query=pastry&orderby=position&orderway=desc

You can also find them on Amazon. I think you’ll find they’re cheaper if you buy a 4pack that you like rather than 1 at a time. Just use like a cookie cutter and the plunger pops the bread, fruit, etc out for you!

Love these Lunches. You always have a way to make your lunches match all the way from punches to silicone cups and picks. They look adorable and yummy 🙂

You are too kind, Marie! Thank you!

Aww all of the bears and berries are so cute!

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