I’ve got a confession to make…
I may have squeezed a ready made, shop bought Ella’s Kitchen food pouch into a tupperware container to make it look like I’d made it myself.
Now I did this because we were living at my parents while our house was being rewired and I had given them to B in his lunchbox for nursery about 3 weeks on the trot and felt it was only a matter of time before I was called up on this. Part of me was slightly embarrassed for being so deceitful, the other part of me thought it was actually pretty genius and wondered whether I could get away with it for a few more weeks. You’ll be pleased to know I didn’t follow through with that thinking and actually pulled my finger out and went back to sorting proper lunches again.
I don’t think I’m alone in lunch struggles with a toddler though? It would seem that at this point sandwiches are just a bit of a push because that situation where the bread gets stuck on the roof of their mouth and then you have dig it out and get all gross seems to happen quite frequently and I just feel it’s a bit undignified for the poor bugger. So sandwiches are out and he is also now past the point of wanting mushed up lunches so I found myself having to look at alternatives.
As a side note, I’ve noticed I get a bit jealous of his lunches but also feel turning up to work with a packed lunch fit for a toddler would be slightly inappropriate… when I’m not cheating and pretending the box of goodness is wholesome and homemade I try to give him a bit of a variety with it being the spice of life and all that. Then I look at the lunches I have, usually a shit soup or some beans on toast and the reality of motherhood hits me – I’m officially a parent, my child eats better than I do.
They’re manageable in terms of grippage, they can be filled with all sorts of different things such as cheese, marmite, jam etc. and you can even hide a bit of cucumber or tomato in there if you’re feeling brave. If you’re wanting to feel even better about yourself you can get the wholemeal ones, Mum points… tick.
If you’re feeling particularly culinary you could even attempt to make mini pizzas, I did this once… they tasted great (I thought) but they were possibly a push too far for Boden at the time and I think I got a bit ahead of myself in the weaning stakes – you generally need teeth to eat them.
My go to though is hummus… I’m pretty sure I spend a small fortune on the stuff but Boden seems to absolutely love it and to top it off generally finishes with a very gratuitous garlicky belch. That and he feels the need to smear it through his hair as some form of edible hair gel.
So to all my fellow mum’s out there, never be ashamed of fobbing off shop bought food as your own – We’ve all done it (I think). And opt for pitta; the handy, healthy and grippable food stuff.
They’ve changed my life.