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Dietitian shares her trick for ensuring her kids eat all of their raw vegetables at lunchtime

Dietitian shares her simple trick for ensuring her kids eat all of their raw vegetables at lunchtime

  • Dietitian Jaime Rose Chambers shared her simple lunch trick for her kids
  • She said when she adds hummus to their lunchbox, they eat their raw veggies
  • The food expert also shared her top tips for packing the perfect school lunch
  • She said you need to include a broad range of colours and flavours inside it 


A dietitian has shared her simple trick for making sure her kids eat their packed lunch and all of the raw veg inside – and all you need is some hummus.

Jaime Rose Chambers, from Sydney, said she has noticed with her ‘little one’ that his lunch comes back uneaten when she just puts chopped-up raw fruit and veg inside.

But if she adds hummus to the centre of his bento box, then it comes back eaten every time.

A dietitian shared her simple trick for making sure her kids eat their packed lunch and all of the raw veg inside – and all you need is some hummus to make them dip their veggies (pictured)

‘I’ve noticed my little one will not hesitate to eat a vegetable if he’s got hummus to dip into it,’ Jaime posted on Instagram. 

‘Cue: hummus with every meal! This one is SSS Foods natural hummus, a favourite in our house.

‘Then, I’ve given him a yummy fresh soft wholemeal bread sandwich and Vegemite, plain mini rice cakes, pea snaps, mini chocolate wafers, 1.5 dried apricots and about five sultanas.’

Jaime added: ‘Too much can upset little tummies, gets stuck in teeth and is a dense source of sugar.

‘The current veg trio is carrot, red capsicum and cucumber. Then there is half an orange sliced and half a kiwi with the skin on to protect it from getting smooshy. 

‘It’s also easier for little fingers to hold on to, as kiwis can be slippery suckers!’

Jaime Rose Chambers (pictured), from Sydney, said she has noticed with her 'little one' that his lunch comes back uneaten when she just puts chopped-up raw fruit and veg inside

Jaime Rose Chambers (pictured), from Sydney, said she has noticed with her ‘little one’ that his lunch comes back uneaten when she just puts chopped-up raw fruit and veg inside

Previously, the dietitian shared her top tips and tricks for packing the perfect school lunchbox.

Jaime shares daily pictures on Instagram of what she makes for her children, and says it doesn’t matter if they want the same sandwich filling every day, so long as you make sure of one thing.

‘My kids are not very adventurous with their sandwich fillings and I don’t really mind if they are a bit same-ish as long as they’re getting a variety of food elsewhere,’ Jaime wrote. 

‘I do try to put a new food into their lunchbox for different exposures with mostly safe foods they’re familiar with so I know they still have plenty they’ll eat.’

Previously, the dietitian shared her top tips and tricks for packing the perfect school lunchbox (lunchbox pictured)

Previously, the dietitian shared her top tips and tricks for packing the perfect school lunchbox (lunchbox pictured)

A typical lunchbox for Jaime’s primary school age son includes Vegemite sandwiches on wholegrain bread, dried apricots, cubes of cheese, carrot sticks and raspberries.

Jaime will also include a snack that he will enjoy, like a healthy chip or pinto and pea sticks.

She said things like chocolate bliss balls both provide protein to keep the kids full, as well as being a tasty treat for her kids.

What are Jaime’s rules for the perfect school lunchbox? 

* Include a diverse range of colours and flavours in the box in order to make sure they are getting nutrients from all different areas.

Jaime recommends that parents include a diverse range of colours and flavours in kids' lunchboxes (pictured)

Jaime recommends that parents include a diverse range of colours and flavours in kids’ lunchboxes (pictured)

* Include one new riskier thing each day, like raw mushrooms or green beans. When they’re in a different environment, they might eat it.

* Peel down banana skins to include bananas in lunchboxes without them going bad. This means little fingers can open them.

* Don’t worry if they want the same sandwich filling every day; you can be more adventurous with their foods elsewhere.

* Avoid nuts by looking for packaged snacks that include things like vegetables and seeds like pepitas.

Source: Jaime Rose Chambers

Include a diverse range of colours and flavours in the box in order to make sure they are getting nutrients from all different areas, Jaime said (one of her lunchboxes pictured)

Include a diverse range of colours and flavours in the box in order to make sure they are getting nutrients from all different areas, Jaime said (one of her lunchboxes pictured)

When it comes to her kindy-aged child, Jaime said you have to be a little more ‘same same’ with what you pack.

‘But it’s also a good opportunity to throw in a new food to see if it’s eaten because the kids are in a different environment,’ she said.

‘Yesterday, I included a no added sugar yoghurt pouch, half a wholegrain sandwich with Vegemite, strawberries, pear, tasty cheese pieces and Polaris Ogorki pickles.’



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