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A lunch box for every personality

Andréanne Tremblay-Lebeau

Andréanne Tremblay-Lebeau

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Every child is different and from a young age, they begin to develop their own personalities, which are often reflected in the foods they enjoy eating. Here’s a “food casting guide” you can use to tailor your kid’s lunch box to their personality.

  • The athlete

Always on the go, the athlete devours his/her lunch and bolts off to an activity.

In the lunch box: An all-in-one meal like a big couscous salad with legumes and colourful veggies, served with a no-added-sugar apple sauce and a Coolision yogurt.

  • The aspiring artist

A creative soul, he/she takes their time to eat and transforms whatever falls into their hands.

In the lunch box: Foods that allow them to express their creativity. Give him/her their own apron and a disposable camera and ask him/her to create their very own “food masterpiece” with items from their lunch box: raw veggies (different colours and shapes), some homemade dips, whole-wheat crackers, cheese cubes, nuts, pieces of cooked chicken, grapes.

  • The whiz

They never get enough of learning and every occasion is ideal to acquire new knowledge.

In the lunch box: Instructional, so he/she learns a new fact on every item found inside it (include a tag with information): salmon sandwich: omega-3 which is good for the brain; beet salad: full of potassium which promotes muscle contraction; orange: loaded with vitamin C; and Crush yogurt: a good source of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients essential for healthy bones.

  • The chef-to-be

He/she wants to make their own lunches; they love handling and preparing food.

In the lunch box: A mix of his/her own choices of nutritious food. Add foods they can prep on their own: veggies in separate containers to add to the salad, sandwich ingredients they’ll be able to assemble, fruit they can cut with a plastic knife and a small carton of milk.

  • The mini fashionista

On the look-out for all things hip. Even at a young age, she wants to pick out her own outfits and accessories.

In the lunch box: Full of trendy foods like a crab salad wrap, raw veggies julienned to perfection, a homemade muffin topped with some homemade icing and edible pearls, a homemade smoothie with milk and raspberries served in a colourful plastic cup.

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Andreanne earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. As a registered dietitian, she specializes in healthy weight management, healthy eating, nutrition education and cooking. She has shared her passion for food by contributing to the writing of the Québec Celiac Foundation cookbook in Montréal and by giving cooking workshops for primary school children and university students.

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