Mommy Prof's practical lunch suggestion:
If you have a messy eater like mine, who seems to always have as much jelly/peanut butter/hummus, etc. on her mouth as in it, you can help by cutting sandwiches and toast differently. Instead of cutting the bread into quarters, cut it into 3 or 4 long strips – narrow enough to go into the mouth neatly.
For sandwiches that are floppy, cut in half and then cut the halves into the strips.
Your kids will love little finger sandwiches. Great for school lunches, snacks, and (of course) tea party savouries. As a child, my husband ate sandwiches this way. When he has a cold or needs cheering up, I'll make him a grilled cheese sandwich cut into "little soldiers."
What is it about "bite-sized" food that makes it so irresistible?
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