Golden leaves and cooler breezes can only mean one thing—change is in the air! Green leaves turn gold and t-shirts are layered with cable knit sweaters as we say farewell to summer. The change of season also invites us to eat differently, especially if you choose to eat locally grown produce. Squash lovers… this is your time of year!
Whether your Littles are headed back-to-school and you need inspiration for daily packed lunches, or you’re looking for ways to encourage your picky eater to try new things, fall is a great time for everyone to learn something new. We’ve rounded up our favorite foodie Instagrammers that champion the mid-day meal—Lunch! Here’s who you need to follow now in order to overhaul humdrum lunchboxes and bring some excitement to the plate:
For Babies & Toddlers
The queen of baby puree and toddler food, Kawn shares recipes to encourage adventurous eating right from the start! Visit her Instagram for like-worthy flat lays depicting the whole ingredients used in her food prep. And if you’re feeling hungry for more inspiration, Kawn has written the book “101 DIY Baby Food Pouches”.
Amy admits that feeding toddlers is a huge challenge, and that it can be so stressful! She offers reassurance, encouragement, and easy recipes that make feeding toddlers feel more manageable. Her Instagram is full of great tips, as are her e-books “Yummy Toddler Food” and “Yummy Baby Food”.
For School Agers
If you’re looking for a Mama who can help you navigate the world of lunchbox options, while sharing tried and tested food ideas, look no further! Jenny packs fuss-free, colourful feats for her two Littles and offers clever tips for how to make meals more fun—rainbow sprinkles anyone? See Jenny’s “Lunchboxes” story highlight for videos detailing the most popular lunchboxes on the market.
Mama to three school aged Littles, Catherine is the author of two cookbooks—one being all about the second meal of the day: “Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox”. Her Instagram is filled with irresistible snacks, packed lunches, and kid friendly smoothies.
Creator of the #veggieloadedapproach, Taesha is an expert at introducing Littles to their greens in the most creative ways. Her food-themed info graphics are clear and informative, making the addition of veggies to everyday meals a cinch. Everyone (including Mama and Papa) could use more veg in their diet!
Amy Whiteford is a trained food scientist and recipe developer. Amy shares family food creations such as her Cheesy Quinoa Crackers, Peanut Butter Dip, and Chocolate Avocado Pudding. Check out her Instagram for ideas that easily go from tonight’s kitchen table to tomorrow’s lunchbox!
Aviva rises with the sun and packs her family lunches with joy—and it shows in her Instagram feed! Her bento-style lunch creations are bright, beautiful, and rainbow coloured. Follow her lead and you could easily pack the same lunch for yourself as well as your grade-schooler. Win win!
For The Whole Family
Holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling cookbook author, Joy McCarthy is Canada’s own healthy-living guru. From kid-approved recipes to the truth about beauty products, Joy’s Instagram and blog are a Mecca for the health conscious family. Visit her Instagram for a joyful approach to all things family and health
A lover of all things good for the soul, Raquel shares easy recipes fit for the entire family. Follow Raquel for tropical meals, fresh snacks, and bowls bursting with colour! Disclaimer: Every meal on this account is gorgeous and WILL make you very hungry… scroll with caution.
Marta is a believer that family mealtime can be quick & easy without skimping on quality or taste! She not only helps parents with food preparation, but she also uses Instagram stories to document fun ways to keep the kids entertained while you’re in the kitchen.
Sometimes a little inspiration is all it takes to introduce a new food to your kids, or reintroduce old foods in new ways! We hope the above Instagram accounts arm you with plenty of tasty ideas that make lunch prep easy and fun. May your Littles come home from school with full bellies and empty lunchboxes!