I have learned a lot about cooking and cooking healthier in the past few years. I am not a foodie, I just enjoy cooking and eating. Especially the eating part :) (hence the running and exercise...) Yesterday, I scoured my Pinterest food board for meal ideas that everyone might eat. I got a menu plan that both adults and children would hopefully be happy with.
It will be a long process and not every day will be good. I know that I just cannot give up like I have done in the past. I get frustrated and go back to making a few meals that I know won't be a struggle. Let's face it....we have enough battles in our lives, adding another one at the end of the day just makes me tired!
One thing that we have started doing is having Zachary help us plan the menu for the week. We tell him what meals we are making and then ask him for one or two suggestions that I try to add into the menu.
|Thanks Dori at Riches to Rags!|
Last night I made a Grilled Balsamic Bruchetta Chicken. It was delicious! The kids both said it was good...covered in cheese, how could it not be?! But, they each ate a few bites and declared themselves finished. I've always been told that you have to offer a child something 15 times (or is it 30? please tell me it's NOT 30!) in order for it to work. I know they have been offered chicken (not breaded!) more than 15 times so this is the strong willed aspect just coming out...
I'm excited to see what they think of a couple of the meals that I have planned for the week, but I'm also trying to not get my hopes up too high. I know we we be working on this for quite a while.
Hiding different veggies in their foods, yep, I do that. Add white beans to a cheese tortilla, put spinach in a smoothie, black beans in "cake", Zucchini cookies. Yes, I have made all of those. Need to get the healthy stuff in them somehow!
The struggle to eat different foods is not unique to my family. I have had conversations with many parents on what we've tried, what works, what doesn't, etc. My goal is to have family meal times be an enjoyable time for all of us, not something that we dread.
What tips or tricks do you have for getting your kids to eat different foods and not have meal time a constant battle?