This post is sponsored by KRAFT and SheKnows Media
I swear to you, my son is the world’s pickiest eater. Up until a few weeks ago, the only foods he allowed on his menu were cheese, cereal, and chicken. No exaggeration.
And #realtalk? I’ve been going along with it. I remember being force-fed as a child, so I’ve been on #teamlethimeatwhathewants for the last couple of years of his life. Mostly because I didn’t want his time around food and eating to be this stressful experience, but also because I was being a lazy parent. JB is 5 now, so I’m all about choosing my battles. Screaming, crying, and whining is never a good time in my household.
But the reality is that we all need vegetables as a regular part of our diet, especially kids. Veggies are important for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Helping to strengthen the immune system
- Ensuring proper growth and development
- Maintaining a well-functioning digestive system
In short, I needed to start making some changes to help my son get comfortable eating vegetables. Here’s what’s been working for us
- Hiding veggies in his favorite foods
This is an old trick, but it works! The key is to make sure your child cannot detect the texture of a vegetable in his meal. I learned this lesson a few weeks ago when I tried to add blended kale to my son’s chocolate milk (#Dontjudgeme). Thankfully I’ve since discovered KRAFT Mac and Cheese w/ Cauliflower:
This stuff has the same KRAFT Mac & Cheese flavor we all loved as kids with the added benefit of 1/4 serving of cauliflower in each dish. I promise you, your kid will never know the difference:
The cauliflower is in the pasta, so as far as your kid is concerned, all he’s eating is cheesy goodness. Even better, there are no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes.
And listen, grown folks need their veggies, too! This stuff tastes good, okay?!
2. Limiting Choices
I’ve started to slowly incorporate smarter choices for my household. Your kid WILL fight this change, but it will make it easier for you to help your child broaden their palate. Kids are creatures of habit, but they are also extremely resilient. Your child will not starve themselves, and will (albeit begrudgingly) try new foods.
3. Making it fun
Make trying new foods a fun experience for you and your child. I’ve even been taking JB to the grocery store with me, allowing him to choose from a limited selection of new foods to try. This way it’s not being sprung on him unawares, and he feels as though he is actively participating in his food choices. KRAFT Mac & Cheese Cauliflower is sold in most major grocery stores, but after discovering how much JB liked it, I’ve been ordering it from amazon, HERE. The price is right, and JB feels like a “Big Boy” when I let him click on the “Buy Now” button.
Tell me, what are some things you’re doing or have tried to do to help your kid try new foods? Sound off below!
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