We, the moms, all have a dream; a dream that one day, we will see our children munching down on Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and peas, like a happy kid. But, all we hear is the shattering noise of those dreams crushing. But let’s face it, children are undoubtedly the biggest of picky eaters, ever. No matter how hard we to make sure that our kids eat nutritious things, somehow things always end up happening in favor of kids and what they eat as their Victory Snack is a bag of greasy potato crisps.
Children are fussy eaters, which means, the first thing you must not do as being their mommy, is forcing them to eat healthily. Children are supposed to be introduced towards healthy things, and you forcing them will only push them away from food, which is good for them.
Did you know children from ages 3 to 11 years are reported to be picky eaters and this habit of theirs eventually results in poor signs of growth and development? All the moms who fret over why their kid is underweight, need to get their ‘mom game’ strong and think of ways to sneak in nutrition into their kids’ meals. It’s not like, picky eaters are impossible to feed; they just want their meals to be a bit more ‘encouraging’ and appealing to the eye, that’s all.
Now before we look into ways to make your kids eat healthy, let’s walk through some basic tips that can help you deal with your picky eaters, first:
- Set a time for lunch and dinner
- Don’t settle for snacks between meals, no matter how big or ferocious the tantrums are
- Make your kids try out different food combinations
- Get your kids to help you in the kitchen
Now that you have an idea of how to deal with picky eaters, let’s find out ways you can sneak in healthy and nutritious foods into your kids daily meals.
1. Replace Flour and Rice with Cauliflower
You may have seen an abundance of vegan videos online, but have you tried them? Well, now is the time to do it! Better yet, you can put some videos on streaming, using your ultra-fast internet connection to cook your kids something new. Apparently, there’s this cauliflower ‘pizza’ base and cauliflower ‘rice’ thing surfacing on the internet these days, as an alternative to unhealthy carbs. So you can try out different pizza recipes, as well as, stir up a batch of fried rice to sneak in some healthy nutrients into your kids’ meals.
2. ‘Healthy’ Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese is another great dish that moms can use to hide vegetables. Nothing complicated involved and all you need to do is add in some diced carrots, broccoli, or peas while cooking your roux. Plus, you can opt for whole-wheat pasta, since that is a healthy alternative to pasta made with white flour.
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs with Veggies
Another thing that children enjoy eating is Spaghetti and Meatballs, but, you know what? you can blitz in a couple of carrots, celery sticks, peas, and some cauliflower too. That will turn your typical meat sauce into a super healthy one and your kids won’t even be able to guess what’s in it.
Children are obsessed with French Fries! French fries are technically veggies, but replacing potatoes with sweet potatoes, carrots, or even turnips, will give your kids something healthy to munch. Simply cut these vegetables, drizzle some olive oil on top, sprinkle some sea salt and a bit of fresh herbs and then bake it off for 25 minutes until tender and crispy.
5. Cookies and Brownies
Who doesn’t love brownies and cookies? We all do, of course! But kids seem to have a special place for these two things. Using your kids’ obsession with cookies and brownies, and you mums can take your cookies and brownie batters up a notch.
For cookies, you can blitz up a carrot and then throw some extra chocolate chips in the mix to cover up for the ‘veggie business.’
To feed your kids some good and healthy brownies, you can use blitzed up avocado, carrots and even, sweet potatoes. Your kids won’t even realize that there are hidden veggies in the cookies or brownies and they’ll happily munch them.
Let’s Get Cooking!
Being a mommy of picky eaters is the toughest job in the world and you deserve a big and appreciative pat on the back for that. The recipes mentioned above are just to give you an idea of all the endless things that you can do with your kids’ meals. So, next time if you find your little one throwing a fuss over not eating his collard greens, then worry no more. A super mom’s gotta do, what a super mom’s gotta do. Get it?