Joanna Parker was thrilled when the youngest of her three children was ready to start eating solid foods. Parker, who founded the kid-focused meal delivery kit Yumble, thought it meant mealtime was about to get much easier for her.
Instead of having to prepare separate dishes for each of her children—Stanley, Eleanor, and baby Jane—she could finally make just one nutritious meal to feed them all.
“I felt like, ‘Okay, great, now I can prepare one nice meal, and they’re all going to eat it, and it’s going to be wonderful and lovely,’” she said.
Across the country, parents face dilemmas similar to Parker’s as they struggle to balance their kids’ tastes with their nutritional needs. And the challenge seems particularly tough when it comes to lunch: A 2017 survey showed 85 percent of parents feel stressed while preparing school lunches. Elaine Magee, the Wellness Services corporate dietitian for Safeway, often talks to people who feel overwhelmed by the time commitment that can come with making meals and the prospect of their children not liking new foods. Magee, who raised two children of her own, sympathizes—but knows there are solutions.
Source: School Lunch