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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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Well, it’s sort of overcast anyway.  This bento was sent to me from a friend who found it on http://www.cutefoodforkids.com.  So this is my version for Miss G today.  The smiling cloud is handcut from an apple with royal icing eyes and a dried apricot mouth.  Underneath are raspberries and below the cloud is a sliced pluot (plum/apricot hybrid).  On the right side is a PB & J umbrella with fruit leather & sprinkles on top.  Below are Choco Boy biscuits for a treat.  Lots of sugar in this one.  She also had an applesauce and kefir for lunch.

Little A went to school for a half day today too.  She doesn’t care much for sandwiches so I gave her left over tortellini cut into pieces on the right side of the heart.  The left side is leftover corn off the cob and a BabyBel cheese on top.  The blue square is full of grapes, watermelon, blueberries and pinepple bits.  I use WasteNot Saks which I bought on http://www.etsy.com instead of ziploc bags and put her green bean crisps in there.  She also had an applesauce and a kefir today.

The girls won’t be in school tomorrow so no fancy lunches from me.  Wishing everyone a relaxing, safe Labor Day weekend!


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