Last week, I wrote a post that dealt with our dinner table rules. Now as promised, I’m going to share with you how we give our little one healthy, nutritious food without pleading or begging. Sometimes its obvious, but other times I’m sneaky. And that’s more often than you’d think.
Here are CTM’s tips for getting your little one to eat healthy everyday:
- Milkshakes. What’s healthy about a milkshake, you ask? Well, it’s not a true milkshake as it has NO sugar or dairy. The wonderful recipe for this PB2 and chocolate milkshake is right here. It’s filled with TONS of nutrients and your child will never know it’s not a ‘real’ peanut butter chocolate milkshake. This is a great after dinner treat! **The wonderful thing about shakes and smoothies is that you can sneak in little things that have a big impact like: hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, and camu just to name a few. For more info on some of these ‘superfoods,’ read here.
- A green smoothie. OK, I know what you’re thinking, “My child would never drink a smoothie full of celery and kale.” And mine won’t either. But the trick is putting fruit in as a sweetener. I make this smoothie and it’s packed full of antioxidant rich raspberries, blueberries, clementines, grapes, kale and spinach. For the liquids, I use coconut water and a splash of orange juice (nothing but oranges, no sugar added and Florida-grown). It makes for a wonderful breakfast drink! I use a Blendtec and it works really well. They’ll never taste the raw greens! (I never let fruit go bad at my house, if it’s getting really ripe, I just toss it in the freezer; the fruit will actually be more sweeter this way) Other ‘sweeteners’ I use are bananas, pineapple, grapes or mango. There’s plenty more though! **If you have a baby and you’re making your own baby food (which I highly recommend), then this should be totally easy for you. If your baby likes peaches then try and slip in some other ingredients like avocado or spinach (be sure to introduce ingredients separately in case they are allergic). So easy, it’s like taking candy from a baby (also something I highly recommend, they have no business eating that stuff).
If you’re interested in freezing some fruity delights, read a post about making your very own homemade popsicles with the same ingredients- very simple!
- Quinoa. About once a week, we have pasta for dinner (hey, I’m 100% Italian, remember?). So instead of cooking the traditional white pasta that really doesn’t offer any nutritional value, I use quinoa pasta. Its gluten-free, full of protein, B-vitamins, calcium and more. Our daughter loves it. We use the Trader Joe’s brand, just be sure to rinse it.
So this is just a few ways we ‘sneak’ nutrition into our daughter’s diet. And as I have mentioned before, lead by example. If they see you enjoying your healthy food, they will, too. Eventually it’ll be second nature for them to reach for hummus and carrots when they want a snack- yes it’s possible!
And of course, follow my Healthy Foods board on Pinterest for loads more ideas.
Tell me, is it a struggle to get your kiddos to eat healthy food??