Are you struggling with a fussy little eater? It can be extremely difficult not to mention frustrating finding healthy, affordable recipes that your little ones wont turn their little noses up at. But hey, we've all been there and you are certainly not alone. Try to stay calm and do not pull your hair out, help is on its way!
Just when you think your youngest has grown out of their fussy eating habits your eldest decides to adopt them. Being a parent is a constant struggle and there always seems to be one kicking up a fuss around the dinner table.. every single night. We are here to help and we think we have fussy eating sussed, leaving you with one less thing to worry about (you can thank us later). Our top 5 tips below promise to get some decent grub down your little ones (even if they don't know it yet)!
Many children tend to find meat difficult to eat and especially struggle with chewing it. Meatballs are a perfect and budget friendly way to get your kids to eat meat and get their intake of iron. Bite sized pieces are best and very easy to eat. Just let them get messy, Daddy is due home soon anyway...
2.) Green eggs and ham -
Read the book and serve the meal! You can make the eggs green with beautiful nourishing vegetables such as spinach finely chopped or pureed or even a delicious basil pesto. Herbs such as basil and parsley are jam packed full of nutrition. Squashed peas are another great vegetable to include in the eggs.
3.) Rainbow Pizza
What kid doesn't love pizza? Children love to eat their own creations by decorating their own pizza, offer lots of bright and colourful vegetables, this will encourage them to make a pretty (healthy pizza) and because they made it they will eat it! So much for they don't like vegetables.
4.) Home made chicken nuggets
Are you tired of your children always asking for chicken nuggets? Sometimes it can feel like it is all they want to eat, we've all been there! Chicken nuggets do not have to be bad. They are only an issue when we don’t know what has gone into them, they have an endless ingredient list, they are deep fried or not served with anything else.
Try making your own with some chunks of chicken breast, egg, flour and breadcrumbs. Then either shallow pan fry or bake them off with a light coat of oil spray to make them golden. For the chips, because you and I both know they are going to ask for them, try different colour vegetables that bake well. Think potato, sweet potato, parsnip, and beetroot even! Roast away, the colours are a rainbow of exploration and also a wealth of nutrition.
5.) Blending Goodness
We've all done it and thats okay. If hiding vegetables means your not so little one doesn't make a fuss and gets all the nutrition their bodies need then thats good enough with you right? Blending vegetables is a great way to get your children to eat well. Children tend to judge vegetables by their colours (usually green) and also their foreign textures. When disguised in the blender who are they to judge?