Food: How To Share It with My Family and Prevent Picky Eaters!

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Being large and in charge, my main goal lately has been food. At 9 months pregnant, I have a voracious appetite, needless to say. I’ve been trying to stay away from simple carbs and sugar so that this wee one fits through the exit okay. It’s been a struggle. Turns out, sugar is in practically everything. In a previous post, I jotted down some great meal options that have gotten me through.

Well today I made an AMAZING smoothie. Simple ingredients but oh so delicious. I blended a banana, cinnamon almonds, all natural peanut butter, milk and a couple of butterscotch chips (I know, I know) and it was phenomenal. I often make similar smoothies with yogurt as well. I think this one tasted so great because I put in more peanut butter and less milk. It was such a tasty treat that I felt compelled to blog about it! 

On a similar note, I’ve been thinking ahead to the future when our little one is joining us a the dinner table. I’m expecting some challenges beyond the typical picky eater. You see, my husband is also a picky eater. Me? I’ll eat anything and I’ll try anything and I love practically everything. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. I had my moments as a kid, too. It was when I was in college and got a job at a fancy seafood place that I first really tried and liked seafood. Oh and my school was in NYC which really opened up my world to tasty and exotic foods. My husband has always been picky and college expanded his food horizon as well. But he was so particular before that the new things he learned to like (ex: strawberries) seem hardly worth mentioning.

Fortunately my husband agrees that our child should try stuff and doesn’t wish his pickiness on him/her. So he’s said that he’ll at least try anything I make for dinner. Can’t wait to see this in practice. I’ve of course, googled this topic and came across some great things to keep in mind and ways to introduce new foods. 

Picky eater prevention:

– Introduce one new food at a time and serve it with other familiar, enjoyable foods

– Insist on a taste of the new item but nothing more

– Limit sweets. The more they get a craving the harder it is to keep them on the healthy track. (I feel like this applies to Mom and Dad as well)

– When appropriate allow children to help cook the meal or choose ingredients

– Re-try foods. Explain to children that taste buds change and different ingredients can alter flavors. It’s important to keep trying a food several times before writing it off forever

– Set a good example: children watch and mimic what you do. Finish your plate, make meal time enjoyable and relaxing

 

 

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