Ok so confession time, I struggle with getting my kids to eat "healthy." I have two little girls (5 and 7) and the youngest in particular is a very picky eater. My oldest does pretty well, she will eat the healthy balanced meals I give her even if she doesn't LOVE them. She will eat all her veggies and such so she can have her dessert. Yep, my kids get dessert after lunch and dinner if they eat all of their healthy meal. It's a small dessert and it's how we roll. I will confess that most nights I make an adult dinner and a kid dinner, it's something I am trying to do less of. But I hate the drama at dinner especially since I'm usually the one that eats with the kids on my own. I just want a peaceful dinner and the fit they would throw if they were met with kale and qunioa casserole is not worth it for me. We have what seems like a small rotation of healthy meals that they like. I am trying to expand that list. I am trying to find and make more meals that all of us like. (I should also confess that I am selfish and I want to eat the meals I like, and don't really like the ones that are more family friendly).
My real struggle comes with my youngest who is a very picker eater. The eat your dinner or you don't get dessert doesn't work with her. She doesn't care about dessert (perhaps a good thing). She often will not eat dinner. She doesn't get hungry later, so there is no coming back to eat said abandoned dinner. She isn't a breakfast lover. She often doesn't eat her snack at school. The only meal she does like is lunch. Her FAV lunch is a whole wheat wrap, with greek yogurt, avocado, and cheese. Somedays she will pack in two, that are bigger then her. Recently she has started eating wraps like this for breakfast. I figure it's better then a bowl of cereal. I'm trying to listen to her body and what she needs. Since she doesn't eat a lot I'm trying to make sure what she does eat is full of nutrients. She isn't big on the fruit and veggies. So we are trying something new. I would like to see both my girls eat more fruits and veggies. My kids are big on charts, so they each made their own chart with the days of the week on them. On each day they have the numbers 1-5. The idea is that they need to eat 5 fruits/veggies each day. They check of each number as they go. If they get all 5 SUPERSTAR! There really isn't a reward other then the fun of charting it (and trust me they love this stuff) and me cheering them on. I took Kasey the picky one to Farmboy today and let her pick anything she wanted from the fruits and veggies. We came home with strawberries, lots of blueberries, mango, banana's, apples, cucumber, peppers, and avocado (yep we are calling this a veggie for her). It's been two days so far and it's going great. Now the key is to not lose steam, which I am just as guilty of doing as they are.
What are your favourite kid friendly healthy meals? Have any tips for picky eaters? And does anyone else find trying to help your kids eat well freaking exhausting?