And so to my second ‘thought’ for 2015: to feed my children with more variety, freshness and thought. To explain, this is two-fold, because my youngest child is the world’s worst eater. He’s a sugar-addicted, crumpet-loading, non-adventurer who will NOT EAT a vegetable in any form. So in his case, it’s about encouraging him to eat, period.
Please don’t call it toddler fussiness, it’s always been this way and I find the mealtime battles super hard because he’s as stubborn as I am. I’ve tried a lot of things, but not everything, it turns out. When I vented my frustration on Twitter the other day with the above tweet, I received a few helpful suggestions – some of which I’ve started implementing. This lead me to posing to you, the first of my two questions below.
Let me be clear though, I know that kids are fussy and I know it doesn’t all have to be avocado and pumpkin seeds. I was raised on a diet of Pop Tarts and Root Beer (in the Far East, where we ate/drank this Americanised version of what you guys were ingesting, i.e. Findus Crispy Pancakes and Lilt). I know that we all turned out OK, and I know it’s fine for him to eat baked beans, etc. However, he won’t even eat baked beans. The other day he asked for a pizza with no cheese and no tomato. He asked, dear readers, for a PIZZA BASE to chew on.
So here’s where you come in. I need help and I need inspiration. There are two ways you could give me a lift:
1) Will you share you tips for encouraging fussy eaters to… eat? I’d like to write a post with all the tips that people send in, all bunched in together so it’s something I – and others who share my predicament – can turn to when we’re feeling frustrated.
2) Will you share with me the recipes you make for your family? Because another thing we’re doing more is eating together at tea time. I need easy, wholesome stuff that can be adapted to be interesting for the adults, but plain and salt-free enough for the kids. Stuff that the little one may eat is helpful, but I’m not expecting you to break him, don’t worry!
I’ll publish the recipes as a guest post series, so if you don’t mind sending some pictures, how you make it, and why you and your family love it (we all love an anecdote, eh?), I’ll do the rest. Ease is key and we also prefer (if possible) gluten-free.
I’ll share some that I’ve come across too – for example, the easiest recipe in the world for the below muffins that include SWEET POTATO of all things, and ZERO SUGAR. My two are chugging them back daily for a quick breakfast, a mid-walk filler, or as Keere-Street-conquering post-school snacks. And my secret recipe for ‘healthy’ popcorn for movie nights is killer too.
So hit me up with your best recipes, tips, secrets and wisdom, because I’m desperate and am relying on you to get my youngest pounding back kale – or baked beans, Pop Tarts or Crispy Pancakes.
Please get in touch through the Contact page with your recipes and tips if you’re willing to help.
Thank you! x
P.S. My own first tip is for the love of goodness get yourself a NutriBullet. I begged for one for Christmas and *boom-tish* the little one necked a “chocolate smoothie” of banana, coconut water, strawberries (STRAWBERRIES!!!), kiwi (KIWI!!!), avocado (AVOCADO!!!) and – the ‘chocolate bit’ – a teaspoon of cacao powder. (After which I sauntered back to the kitchen childishly singing: ‘heh, heh, nanny-nanny-poo-poo, tricked you!’ under my breath. You see what this battle of wills has reduced me to? Then I paid for that self-congratulatory pat on the back as OF COURSE the next day he totally rejected the exact same smoothie. So now I’ve had to strip it back and make it beige – milk and banana only – and rebrand it a ‘milkshake’. I tell you…).
Disclosure: This post contains two affiliate links to products that I own and am using towards the conquering of my son in this here battle of wills. It has not been created around these products. No compensation, financial or otherwise, has been offered or accepted for the writing of this post.
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