This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organics but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.All four of my have developed into extreme picky eaters. While I am fortunate that they aren’t the only eat mac and cheese and junk food kind of kids, when it comes to doing quick mid afternoon snacks or on the go snacks, it can be a bit frustrating.
Often I find myself packing so many different items that it can become overwhelming. While my two oldest children are at the point where they can pack their own snacks now, my younger three girls can not. This means I have to get them on one accord when it comes to snack time, and it isn’t always easy.
There are few tips that I have learned along the way that I want to share!
Make it fun
You may think this is cheesy, but yes name the foods. I know, I know, you may be thinking “there is no way that I am naming foods.” But we were all kids once right? And funny sounding things always made us bust out in controllable giggles. Incredible Hulk sounds sooo much cooler than just plain old broccoli anyway. So have a little fun and name some foods.
It’s also fun to pair their favorite fruits and veggies with items such as yogurt or even cottage cheese. It’s super easy to incorporate as a fun
2. Disappearing Act
Let’s be real, sometime you just have make the veggies disappear. My two younger girls love soup. Instead of a basic potato soup, I would throw in cauliflower unbeknownst to them. Then when they would see me picking up the “white flower food” at the store, I would tell them that it goes into the soup, and the would beg for me to buy more. Pretty easy right. You can literally get creative with almost any veggie/food combo.
3. Shape Up
Do your kids love french fries? Why not make sweet potato fries. We absolutely love our Ninja Auto-spiralizer because of all the cool foods that I can create. Butternut Squash spaghetti to smoothies to chips, it’s the perfect accessory for us to get creative and make sure that the kids can have the foods they want but with the veggies that they need.
4. Involve them
This is probably the easiest option. Just ask them what they like! My kids absolutely love yogurt! So what better way to incorporate great tasting healthy foods than with HappyTot Whole Milk Yogurt.
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5. Set a good example
Monkey see, monkey do. It goes for foods as well. So if your kids see you eating properly, they will as well.
6. Stick with it
Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen as long as you stick with it. I know how easy it is to want to give up, especially when you don’t want to hear the endless whining at the dinner table. But keep it up and you will start to see results.
How do you handle snacks/meals with your picky eaters? Let me know in the comments below!
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.