Feeding a child is never easy. You could claim to have the best eater in the world and we all know the truth: it's not always that way. When Maddie was younger I would brag about how great of an eater she was and that we had no problems stuffing her to the gills with healthy foods and to some extent it was true. Most days there would be no battle or bribing but other days not so much.
As she has grown up a bit her food preferences have certainly changed and of course she has become much more vocal about it. On any given day Maddie will tell you her favorite foods are tomatoes, strawberries, pasta and cheeseburgers. Not the healthiest but not the worst either! Of course we don't let her eat cheeseburgers every day but we also don't forbid them.
I think we really stick by the 'everything in moderation' motto. There are a few forbidden foods for Maddie but really at this points that's only soda, iced tea and gum. I am sure the reasoning behind the gum speaks for itself! Soda and iced tea in my opinion are empty and unnecessary calories especially for kiddos, but of course that's just my thoughts.
Any who our main goal is to help Maddie make wise choices with her food selections. One of the biggest factors in food choices at our house is definitely the selection. My thoughts? If it's not in the house it's not an option. If we don't have bags of cookies and chips laying around then they simply aren't a food option. Instead Maddie has her own snack basket handy at her level filled with granola bars, boxes of raisins and goldfish crackers. Maddie knows that all those snacks are good choices and she is able to help herself to them.
Of course the refrigerator is also stocked with fruits and veggies. As a family we munch daily on fresh veggies and a Greek yogurt based dip. It's quick and easy- just my style! My biggest tip for a fruit and veggie loving kid? Take them shopping.
Time to share! What are your mommy tricks and tips? Are you blessed with a greater eater or struggle with a chicken nugget kid?