Sitting with my family in the mall food court on a Sunday night eating dinner I knew I had hit rock bottom.
It had been one of those loooong painful Sundays when the kids were cranky and were “bored” despite my best efforts to shuttle them around all weekend to activities while my husband had to work. I hadn’t had time to get to the grocery store in a week and other then grabbing milk at Target, I hadn’t cooked since Thursday. I was just too tired after work on Friday and I think we ended up at Qdoba. So I did what any good mom would do and bought the kids candy at the mall candy store after dinner for desert!
We’ve all been here. So what does a nutritionist mom do to turn things around (after eating gummies and candy sticks with the kids)? I take a deep breath and find my way back to the middle.
First I make a grocery list with all the ingredients for my “go-to” meals, my reset button if you will. These include...
Feeding a toddler can be quite an education. Between the ages of 2 and 5 you never are quite sure what will happen, every day is an adventure! But there are keys to success when preparing meals and snacks for toddlers.
1. Offer small amounts of several different foods for them to try and choose from
2. Make meals colorful, make sure the plate has a variety of colors and isn’t just one color. A more attractive plate stimulates appetite and is more interesting.
3. Kids love food that they can eat off of a skewer like fruit kabobs, satay, or chicken kabobs, or even an occasional corn dog. Those food items are usually a hit!
4. Pair new food items with a favorite side dish or entrée.
5. If you child is crying and hungry while you are trying to get dinner ready let them go ahead and eat their fruit, milk, or an item that counts as part of their meal while they are waiting
6. If you are preparing a more “adult” meal such as a spicy chi...
As parents we have all felt the “wrath” of a picky eater. I myself have spent hours or precious minutes on busy evenings proudly preparing balanced, healthy, and attractive meals for my family only to hear the dreaded, “yuck! I’m not going to eat that” or “that’s stinky”. It is crushing to hear those words and listen to complaining especially when you are doing something good for them. So as a parent I feel your pain and want to validate all of your frustration. Luckily there are some valid reasons why kids are “picky” with their food and some strategies caregivers can use to promote food acceptance.
They look really cute, but they are scary to feed! LOL
First I want to reassure you that pickiness with food is very normal for children. Everything is new to them and they don’t have the ability to reason or process that something might be new but might be good, or that a food might not be their favorite but it’s good for them so they should eat it....