Getting a picky 5 year old on board…

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See that girl there? She is a hard headed, know it all 5 year old diva. It doesn’t help that she is a daddy’s girl and he tells her that she is the boss when he isn’t there…

So in dealing with that, and getting her to change her eating habits has been a little on the difficult side. I have always tried to feed my family on the healthy side. Even if it was chicken nuggets, they were whole grain organic, and there would be salad and veggies or something along those lines.

But after doing all of this research, I realized that still wasn’t the healthiest way to eat.

I have figured out after much trial and error, that to get this stinker on board, she had to be involved and think it was her idea. Her and her daddy have that in common. They both have to think it was their idea…

I have tried to make it fun and exciting. Like an apple and peanut butter is a REALLY big event, right?! But letting her help cut the apples and spread the peanut butter, then we can put some walnuts on top and make fun snacks has been the way to get her to eat.

I have a 15 year told too, but she doesn’t care what she eats as long as she gets to eat, so she has been an easy transition.

Here are some ideas for snacks/foods to make with your younger ones that get them involved and are easy:

“Stir-Fry”-quinoa or brown rice, shredded carrots, peas, edamame, low sodium natural soy sauce. Super easy but still a Chinese food feel

Wraps-You can get creative here: Organic tortillas, hummus, spinach, shredded carrots, peppers, beans-the list goes on, whatever you have on hand makes a great wrap!

Fruit-Any kind, let them help wash and prepare it

“Taco Salad”- Any combo of: Black beans, corn, shredded carrots, edamame, cilantro, avocado, peppers, salsa, brown rice or quinoa, black olives, taco seasoning, limes

Sweet potato fries-One of our faves and so good for you! I just wash and cut sweet potatoes in strips, then toss in avocado oil, pink salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for about 30-40 minutes. My kids will eat an entire sweet potato if I let them

Muffins-I find different low or no sugar fruit muffin recipes. I will use really ripe bananas, and I let my little one mash them, then I will use any berries I have on hand and we have a healthy, fresh baked treat!

Salad!- We eat lots of salad! Let your kiddos help pick the toppings and they are more inclined to eat it because they made it!

I will discover more as I go I am sure, these are just some things that have worked so far and I wanted to share them with you!

 

 

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