Lately I’ve kind of had it with fighting the kids at meal time. Maybe you’re with me… so here are a few things we do…
Keep in mind that my kids are still little and think Mommy knows everything, so getting them interested in veggies/ fruit isn’t too hard (most days).
- For Jaden, who’s 5, I explain the benefits of the food (“this yummy strawberry has vitamin C to keep you from getting sick… this tomato has little warriors that fight cancer!”).
- We let him dip his fruits/ veggies in, say ranch or peanut butter (thus I recovered FOUR peanut buttery dishes from the car yesterday). Also note, this is a good one for adults too.
- For cooked veggies, we offer snow cheese (parmesan cheese) or magic sprinkles (wheat germ).
- We like to rename things. For example: Broccoli= little trees,,yellow/ orange/ red bell peppers= sunshine peppers, carrot sticks= carrot swords, etc.
- We let Jaden pick out a vegetable and/ or fruit at the store to try. We encourage him to pick something new fairly often but get his favorites frequently.
Here’s a tactic I resorted to recently… warning: this isn’t really health food. I’d just had it though and just wanted something with nutrients that I was pretty sure my kids would eat. As it turns out, the twins wouldn’t even try it. Jaden did, though, and he loved it. The twins would’ve loved it too… if they’d have TRIED IT! Sorry… it was a long evening. Nevertheless, I liked the carrots and think I’ll try them again.
2 tbs butter
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup orange juice (I actually used Juicy Juice Orange Tangerine, but I think real orange juice would’ve been better)
5 carrots, peeled & chopped (or so)
Steam carrots (I used one of those Ziplock steamer bags). Melt butter in pan, add brown sugar & cinnamon. Whisk together and add in orange juice. Simmer the glaze for a few minutes. Put the carrots into the pan with the glaze and stir well. Simmer a few more moments and serve. Makes about 4 servings.
Our favorite trick for getting the kids to drink their milk: stevia. You can get bottles of flavored stevia in the supplements department of health food stores like Whole Foods. There are lots of great flavors including apricot, orange, chocolate raspberry, english toffee, etc. They’re calorie free and all natural. 3 drops in a glass is plenty so the $15 (or so) price tag isn’t quite as painful as it initially seems.