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The “Rabbit Diet” – A Nutritious and Fun New Lunch System for Your Kids

photo via Meet the Dubiens


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my free printables for a limerick treasure hunt and a shamrock temporary tattoo or sticker.


For more St. Patty’s Day fun, try imitating this yummy creation from Meet the Dubiens.  This is only the latest in a long line of awe-inspiring lunches that Jill has created as part of her Fun Food Friday series – I highly recommend you go check them out.

And while we’re on the topic of food – a lot of Jill’s meals would fit nicely into a new kid lunch system I’ve recently adopted and dubbed “the rabbit diet”.  Click through for more info.

photo via the creative mama.
So as it turns out, I’m not the only one that occasionally resorts to feeding my child like he’s a bird. No wait, that’s conjuring up some images of a particularly disturbing SNL skit – like he’s a rabbit.  C’s lunch menu is usually very cheese-centric and sometimes, in an effort to stay away from the cheddar, I resort to giving him a smattering of food that doesn’t really resemble an actual meal.

Until now that has been my dirty little secret. But thanks to the creative mama I don’t have to feel guilty about it anymore. Erin’s post on the right way to do this type of meal has me no longer ashamed of my lunchtime practices. And over at Parenting, they too are promoting the rabbit diet with a handy, stick-it-on-the-fridge chart.
So the moral of this story is: pick any item from each of 3 categories (proteins, veggies, and complex carbs), arrange in a funny face, and viola – a well balanced and healthy meal any parent can be proud to serve.



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The MOB March 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I have been cursed with a very picky eater (so very frustrating), so this post is perfect! I feel like I am always feeding him non-meal meals and trying to sneak veggies into smoothies and baked goods to get him to actually consume something resembling a vegetable.


Ivonne Loving March 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. My son does eat veggies and all sorts of food. The kicker is that he only eats what he has been introduced to before now. So more elaborate food or sauces, sandwiches, hot dogs and pizza, he will not try…”it’s stinky mommy”. I can give him chicken nuggets but not a roasted chicken breast and so on. I will try this, here is hoping!


Jill March 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Thank-you so much for featuring my lucky lunch. I too use the “Rabbit Diet” with my kids. I love it.


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com March 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

I’m glad to hear I don’t have the only veggie-phobic kiddo out there :)


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