Beau Coffron is dad to three kids and certainly knows the struggle of making school lunches in the morning. Over the last few years, Beau has become known for his incredibly visual lunch box creations which not only look amazing, but are super enticing for kids to eat! Whether it’s making a Donald Duck or a Captain America shield out of fruits, vegetables and more, Beau knows how to make cool and nutritious lunches, making him the perfect person to talk to for some back to school lunch-making tips! We talked to the dad about everything from dealing with picky eaters to his favorite lunchbox! Check it out below.
What are some tips for parents to make packing lunches for kids go more smoothly? Pack lunches the night before (so that you have more time to make healthy choices). Prep food at the beginning of the week. Many fruits and vegetables can be cut up for ease of use and will last for days.
One other thing that has helped is talking to our kids about foods that they like and don’t like. For example, my daughter loves Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread while my oldest son prefers the blackberry flavor. Kids’ favorite foods are always changing so figuring out what they like and don’t like helps it so food doesn’t come back home after school!
Any tips for parents of picky eaters? My middle child is pretty picky. What helps with him is to give a choice between two foods. For example, I might ask him if he would like apples or carrots in his lunch. I am great with either food and it brings him into the process so he feels bought in and it was his choice, so he is more likely to eat it.
Do you have a favorite lunchbox to use for your kids?
There are tons of great lunch boxes out there but I prefer a “bento-style” lunchbox. They come in plastic or metal and can be found at many local stores or online. My favorites are boxes that have one main compartment and two side compartments, all in one box.
Why was the partnership with Smucker’s a good fit? My family was excited about this partnership because we are all big fans of Smucker’s Naturals Fruit Spreads. Sandwiches obviously play a big part in our school lunch routine. My kids love Smucker’s Natural Strawberry and Blackberry Fruit Spreads; they are really tasty and I love that fruit is the first ingredient! In addition, we put it on homemade bread for weekend breakfasts to start our non-school days off on a fun note. On a more personal level, I like that Smucker’s is acknowledging and showcasing the role active dads are playing in their families’ food choices in their new campaign. It’s great to see dads like me portrayed on TV.
Check out two of Beau’s lunch box recipes below:
Fake Sushi Lunch
- Whole Wheat bread
- Smuckers Natural Jam
- Nut free spread
- 3-4 Bananas
- 2 Avocados
- 1 bag of Sugar snap peas
- 1 bag of large carrots
I Love You Heart Lunch
- 1 container Strawberries
- 1 package Cream cheese
- Smuckers Jam
- 4 Green apples
- 4 Red apples
- 1 bag Red and orange sweet peppers
- 1 container Red grape tomatoes
- 1 package Sliced cheddar cheese
- 1 package Sliced provolone cheese
- 1 Bag of already made popcorn