Although I am sans children, I have had my fill of youngsters in my life for well, my entire life. Coming from a family of 11 with a sister who is 7, I am well-versed in the challenges that mother’s face when trying to feed their children food that is healthy and that they will actually eat.
We are all aware of the exchanges that occur during the lunch hour. Pretty sure some of these tykes have a hustle that would make the guy selling watches out of his trench coat envious.
What you thought was a helpful bag of bright orange crudités ended up being hustled for a bag of puffed Cheetos. Not quite the finger food you were hoping Junior was munching on.
However, 7 minutes doesn’t do justice on the ideas, swap out and ways to get your kids actually EXCITED about eating the food you pack for them. So, here are some additional ideas and tips to help you out.
Make eating FUN! Kids like to have food they can be interactive with. Anything to dip, break, tear and mix is golden.
Gauc Goodness.Don’t think you are the only one who can devour guacamole. Most kids love avocado. You can feel at ease knowing that it is a complete super food for your little superhero (has protein, healthy fat and carbs).
Think about getting a spiralizer (this is what I showcased on The Morning Blend) on Amazon for only $20. It will completely change that daunting bag of carrots into a bouncy pile of shoestrings perfect for smaller bites.
The Big Chipper. You can also use it to make chips out of your vegetables. Just slice up a a selection of carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and any other root vegetable, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pop them into the oven for 30 minutes.
Make your own granola bars and trial mix. You kids will love creating their own flavors by picking out what nuts, dried fruit and other tastyingredients from the bulk bin. You have to try my Raw Chewy Granola Bar recipe…they will love it.
FRUIT CAN BE FUN! Cutting up fruit and making kabobs or adding a bunch of frozen fruit to a blender and making a smoothie are great ways to get your kids excited about eating it. The same plain bruised up apple is not always very appealing.
Buy fruit snacks and fruit roll-ups made with 100% fruit. There are brands in almost every store out there. Don’t settle for the Gushers or other junk laden packs. They are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, which have been linked to behavioral disorders such as ADD and ADHD.
Include them in on the packing. Kids love choice, so give them some. Now, I am not suggesting the Twinkie or the fresh fruit. I am talking about choices like: banana or frozen grapes,veggie chips or rice crackers, fruit kabobs or smoothies. They will savor the fact they get a say rather than sniped when they pop open the lunchbox.
The juice is loose. When deciding on a juice box, I prefer Juicy Juice and other organic juices made from 100% juice. Almost every other one I saw has a ton of sugar and is not even made of all real juice. Make sure to read the label.
Dairy Dangers. Yogurt can be a real sneaky offender in the lunchbox. Try to stick with organic yogurts when choosing diary brands. Otherwise there are great alternatives like almond yogurt, coconut yogurt or my personal favorite, Slow Poke’s Coconut Kefir. It is a natural dairy freeprobiotic that is thick like Greek yogurt without any of the junk.
Blend it up. Add frozen berries, a banana and some pineapple to make a smoothie your kids will be happy to guzzle down.
So now I want to know, what is the most challenging things about feeding your kid’s healthy eats? Leave a comment below.
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