Declare Independence From Your Picky Eater's Demands

July 01, 2019

Declare Independence From Your Picky Eater's Demands

Happy 4th of July week!

I used to worry about what my picky eater would actually eat at a barbecue or party.  Usually, she'd eat chips (at best) and run around with the other kids, only to end up melting down in a loud and public way.

Nobody wants to stress at a party. And while one meal isn't gonna make or break anybody's health, I want my kids to be fueled enough that we avoid the meltdown.

A few tips from a mama who has been there, more than once.

  • Make time for her to eat before you go. The key to this, in my experience, is not to do this when it's 3 minutes before it's time to walk out the door. Make the eating time relaxed and playful (as much as you can).
  • Let her choose and help make whatever food you're bringing to the party! And when you set your food down at the party, make sure she hears you telling people that she made it with a little help from you.
  • Bring treats that she's super eager to eat. Treats with some nutritional value that'll fuel all of the tearing about.

Here are three such treats.

1. Patriotic Parfait

In a parfait glass, layer vanilla greek yogurt, blueberries, crumbled Farm&Oven Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed muffins. Then another layer of yogurt, strawberries and a crumbled Beet Dark Chocolate bakery bite.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry half.

What an amazing way to get veggies into picky eaters! My daughter was so anti-vegetables that she wouldn't even eat green candy when she was a toddler.  Picky kids don't like slimy or slippery veggies, so no wonder sautéed spinach is a hard sell!  

I sneak zucchini and beets into these bakery bites. They'll love, love, love this way of getting their veggies. I promise.

(And if they don't, simply email me and I'll refund your purchase.) 

Fruit, veggies and some protein. Filling and fun.

2. Banana wheels

This one is so simple! Imagine making a small tray of these. Perhaps no-one else but your picky eater will eat them, but you're not sending the message that you're making special food for her.

Slice a banana. Top each slice with nut butter (I love Barney Butter) and one blueberry or slice of strawberry.

3. Whoopie Pies

I highly encourage my picky eater to play with her food!  I'll cut the bakery bites in half and then let her dollop or dip the bakery bites into a bowl of vanilla greek yogurt.

Cut Beet Dark Chocolate bakery bites in half. Dollop with vanilla greek yogurt.  Better yet, get them to play with their food and dollop it up themselves.

Protein and veggies they'll love!

And you won't even turn on the stove!

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