Would your picky eater eat better if packaged with "fun" things?
by Michele Zipp
There's a part of me that is not too pleased about how there are eggs being sold with princesses and pirates on them. You choose -- you can't have a carton with both a princess and a pirate ... yet. This is in Norway so don't freak out. Kids aren't eating enough eggs there so they are resorting to this. Is this gender marketing? I don't think so. There will always be pink and princesses with magic wands. There will always be swashbuckling pirates who say aargh. And there will always be boys and girls who love them. And I do mean both. My daughter loves pirates. She also adores princesses. My son has also worn princess crowns, barrettes, and plays with Barbies who go for rides on his Matchbox cars as if they were skateboards.
And if my picky eater kids are going to actually want to eat eggs just because they are in a princess package, then I'm all for it. In fact, I have some other suggestions.
Unicorn spinach. Packaging features a gorgeous white horse with a golden horn noshing on those leafy greens. "Mommy! I want unicorn spinach, pleeeeeaseeee!!!" Oooookay!
Tarzan broccoli. Why swing from trees when you can swing from broccolis? "Me want broccoli, Mama!"
Race car prunes. The juice is the fuel for the cars -- special high octane fuel that makes them go fast fast fast. (Poop, poop, poop.) "I'll win the race if I drink this, Mom! Let's get it!"
Superhero nuts. Okay maybe parents will appreciate the marketing that if you eat nuts, you'll get "balls" like a superhero. Too much innuendo? Then just have the superheroes climbing a mountain of almonds and cashews. Kids will see that and say "I want this!" Yeah, you do!
It seems that all the crappy snacks are in bags that are super kid-friendly -- Hello Kitty, Barbie, Spider-Man, Dora, and all the favorites are like sugar dealers to our kids. Way too tempting. And way too annoying when in the grocery store with the kids who beg for a candy with so much food coloring it will stain their fingers and tongues for weeks just because it has a Power Ranger on it. The healthy items -- the superfoods for toddlers -- are often packaged with boring labels without any bright colors because it's organic and placed in recycled boxes. Or has no packing at all. Which I love. But a little marriage of the excitement and nutrition would sure help me out.
I'm a mom who cuts my kids organic PB&J sandwiches in hearts. I make homemade silver-dollar sized pancakes and fashion them on the plate so it looks like Mickey Mouse. I decorate plates with raspberries and bananas and beans. I want to make food fun so my often picky eaters eat. Because picky eating is a real thing. It often has nothing to do with what the parents are or aren't doing. Anyone who says otherwise has never had a picky eater. I have twins -- one who eats just about anything and another who absolutely doesn't. I feel the pain. Which is why I approve of princess eggs. It's like a magic wand.
What do you think of these eggs? Would your picky eater eat better if packaged with "fun" things?