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5 comfort food dishes that will warm up your child’s belly

Andréanne Tremblay-Lebeau

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There is usually an inverse relationship between the temperature outside and how hot we like our food; the more the mercury dips, the more we crave warm and comforting foods. The same goes for famished little bellies following concentration-filled mornings and lively recess breaks during the cold winter season.

Today, I’m proposing five comfort food ideas to warm up your child’s belly with complementary sides for a well-balanced packed lunch. If your child doesn’t have access to a microwave, you can use a thermos to keep their food warm until lunch time. First fill the thermos with boiling water, which will be thrown out after 5 to 10 minutes, right before you fill it with the warm food. Tell your child to keep the container closed until lunch time so the food stays warm.

1- Pork meatballs with tomato sauce, brown rice, orange cauliflower salad, mango slices, Danino yogurt.

2- Colourful shepherd’s pie, reduced-sodium vegetable juice, homemade fruit salad, milk drink box.

3- Mac and cheese, beet salad, pineapple cubes, Danino to drink.

4- Chickpea couscous, cherry tomatoes, apple sauce with no added sugar, homemade milk-based tapioca.

5- Veal and barley soup, broccoli salad, low-fat cheese cubes, orange quarters, small homemade oatmeal cookies.

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