Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Picky Eater Grandkids

Dr. Janice Pride-Boone writes over at Grandmother Hen about helping picky eaters learn to eat more plant-based foods.  Well, we're carnivores over here at Supergrandkids, but I do love the idea of local, fresh foods, and offering healthy choices to kids as much as possible.  She says:
"Offer food with a history. Know the origin of the food that it is safe and free of added hormones, or chemicals, which serve as flavor enhancers. Go after food that did not travel thousands of miles; buy local and fresh whenever possible. The food tastes better and you can ask the farmer how the food was grown."
This is a goal we've been working toward for a while, mostly because really fresh food tastes better than processed!  Our favorite meat market is an Amish butcher who only provides grass-fed, hormone-free beef.  I don't know if it's the grass or what, but that meat is good, good, good.

However, Lynn and Nicole, our big-girl granddaughters, are huge fans of Velveeta Mac and Cheese, and have now come up with a tradition where Mac and Cheese is their go-to Sunday lunch meal.

We've been trying to offer fruit as well as the cheesy stuff at Sunday lunch for them, with some success, but are still looking for ideas on how to introduce those green veggies.  Lynn will eat a salad every now and then, but if Mac and Cheese is on the menu, that salad isn't going to get much attention.

I have found that having the girls help with food preparation makes them more interested in eating the food.  Maybe we should try making some spaghetti sauce with some pieces of onion, green pepper, and garlic chopped up small.

Any advice on getting picky eaters to eat their veggies would be very welcome to us!

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