If you have picky eaters or even good eaters that go through times of being picky, you are always trying to figure out how to get healthy food in them. I know, because I have had this same experience! I can't say that my children are necessarily ‘picky' about what they eat, but they do have their favorite foods and their… well, let's just say ‘not' so favorite foods. They all have gone through stages that they just didn't want to eat anything that was good for them and as a parent that can wear you down really fast!
A few years ago, I heard this statement:
“Your kids will eat what they make.”
Like a good mom, I put that statement into my good advice compartment in my brain to use during a time that it seemed necessary. It wasn't until my youngest, who will be three in December came along that I got a feel of what a picky eater may do to a parent if this habit continues. With this great advice looming closer to that ‘necessary time' of being implement with my precious son, I was also doing some menu makeovers for getting more nutritional food into my family. One of the results to the makeover, was bringing back a family favorite that we would use while camping, because it was easy and healthy. It is my Black Bean Salsa and it is tasty, but not to my little guy.
You guessed it, it was that time!
I had already made the Black Bean Salsa and pulled it out for lunch. I called for Manoah to come and help me with lunch. This 2 3/4 year old thought he was SO big, just like his older siblings, as he pulled up his own stool and began to line up his TOSTITOS® SCOOPS! on to his plate, just as he has watched me do a few times.
After he got that all done, just right, he got himself a spoon out of the draw next to him. He was so eager to do his own lunch and so empowered too! I demonstrated for him how I was doing my plate and he gave me a look of ‘I knew that already' and just started filling his TOSTITOS® SCOOPS! like a pro!
He was so proud of himself and delighted to be asked that he gave himself a full plate, when I usually only give him just a few. Just shows you
how excited these little people can get when given the opportunity to show what they are capable of doing ‘on their own'! I gave him the opportunity to help me fix his daddy's plate, who was working from home that day. He was so excited to sit down at the table and eat the food that he prepared for himself. He didn't finish all that he made, but he ate more than half of it and FAR MORE than if I just served him his lunch!
In the end, it saved me time to take a few minutes with him and allow him to help make his own lunch and see that he ate well for that meal. Next time, I may even let him help me mix up the recipe, too!
I would love to hear about how you get your ‘picky' eater to make better choices!