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During a recent strategy session with my 4-year-old son’s therapists, they mentioned a train method. I was amazed by the simplicity of the idea and decided to put a twist on it to make it our own! C has always had feeding challenges. Over two years ago, he had his g-tube (feeding tube) placed. We have been through years of feeding therapy and received three diagnoses: gastroparesis, sensory processing disorder and autism. We often switch up our strategy as he grows and changes. Right now, we’re all aboard The Lunch Train!
I found Horizon® products at Walmart while shopping for all of C’s favorite lunch foods. Horizon® products make my hectic mornings a little easier and contain ingredients that I can feel good about. The whole family can enjoy Horizon® milk on-the-go in lunchboxes, snacks, traveling and more.
The Lunch Train is easily adaptable to work with any foods you want to present your child. I line up C’s foods on the track. The first food is slightly challenging. I ask him to take one bite of the first food before it leaves the station and he moves onto the second food. C’s first food is cheese, followed by fruit. He likes the sweet taste of fruit!
C’s second food presents less of a sensory challenge for him. It’s a Horizon® Squeeze Pouch, which is an excellent source of calcium and contains 5g of protein per pouch. He has no problem taking two squeezes of the fruit pouch before moving on to the third, “train car.”
I line up his, “train cars,” in order from most challenging to least challenging. It provides an incentive to try a new item or something he is still getting comfortable with before moving on to things he enjoys. C loves crunchy textures, so his third, “train car,” on The Lunch Train is crackers.
Once your child finishes the requested bites in his last, “train car,” the train makes its way around the track and you start again. If you want to give The Lunch Train a try, you can find my free printable here. I love the simplicity of this idea!
C’s lunch beverage is a Horizon® Kids Single Serve Milk Box. The milk box is an excellent source of calcium, contains 8g of protein and no high fructose corn syrup. The chocolate milk is flavored with organic cocoa and the vanilla is flavored with organic vanilla extract. C loves vanilla! The Horizon® Squeeze Pouches come in three different flavors: Mixed Berry, Strawberry and Orange. Check here to see if there will be a demo at your local Walmart between November 5-8 and you can give this product a try! Did you notice the adorable Peanuts Movie packaging? The Peanuts Movie comes out on November 6!
Which flavors of Horizon® Squeeze Pouch and Horizon® Milk do you want to try?