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Healthy Toddler Lunches With Balanced Foodies
I was honored to create a video with Misti Buie, holistic nutritionist and the brains behind Balanced Foodies. I’m very passionate about what goes into Jack’s body – mostly because obesity, diabetes, and a milieu of healthy problems run on both sides of our families. I know that eating right and in the correct proportions is integral to promoting a healthy lifestyle and I want nothing more than to encourage this in Jack.
Enjoy the video and the links and make sure you let us know if you like it! Thank you to Misti and Sadie for all the help and for helping me make such a great cooking video. 🙂
A Few Things To Remember From Jack’s Mom In Austin
- Present your child with at least one thing you know they’ll eat. For example, no matter what – Jack will always eat any type of nut butter with low sugar jelly on any type of bread, he’ll also always eat edamame, bananas, and cashews. Wash your hands of the rest. If they don’t eat it, that’s okay but don’t offer a ton of the one thing you know they’ll eat – just add it to the main meal everyone else is eating.
- Don’t bargain. “If you’ll eat this, you can have this for dessert.” Let them have the planned dessert even if they only eat the one thing you know they always eat. If dessert isn’t planned, don’t bribe.
- Toddlers are naturally picky eaters. It will never be any different – why? Because it’s natures way of protecting them from eating anything poisonous. Trust me, they’ll grow out of it. You aren’t still eating pb&j, fries, and candy – expect the same from your children. As they grow, their palates will change and they will become more adventurous.
- Try the same food cooked or prepared several different ways. Just today I found out Jack can eat his weight in raw broccoli stalks! Who eats the stalk? I tried it sauteed, baked, in corn bread, with cheese, and with dip. He hated them all. I never thought he’d like the stalk.
- Did you prepare a food every which way and your child still refuses to eat it? Keep trying! Don’t stop serving what you normally do during meal time because your child declared passionate hate for it. You’ll be surprised to find that after several months of picketing a food they’ll suddenly eat the entire serving, ask for seconds, and then look at you like you’re bat shit crazy when you’re surprised they ate it!
- Make sure you’re eating the healthy stuff too. If mom and dad don’t eat it, you shouldn’t expect them to.
- Have them help you shop and cook! They’re more likely to eat what they made.
All that being said, I hope you enjoy this wealth of information from Misti, Sadie, and myself. Happy eating!