We all want our children to be strong willed, we just sometimes don't want to have them raise them when they are!! And when they have made up their minds around what they will and wont eat, goodness me!! Negotiations are tough and often leave parents feeling frustrated. Hang Tight I have a simple solution!!
So what can we do? Well my advice? Keep it simple! There are two tricks we use at home that truly help me sleep better when it comes to my children’s nutrition.
1. I let them participate in the planning of meals and snacks. I even encourage them to add their favourite fruits and veggies to our family grocery list. You can check out my last article on menu planning here.
2. I make them a smoothie daily.
Lets take a closer look at strategy #2
Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get a great deal of nutrition into a single cup!! AND I f you use the right ingredients you can have a delicious smoothie that also nourishes your wild ones!! Keep reading for my free smoothie guide for kids!
Smoothies don't have to be complicated, and if done consistently can become your secret nutritional weapon. If you are new to the smoothie game, use flavoured dairy free milks such as: vanilla almond, soy, rice or coconut milk. There is a little added sugar and the vanilla flavour makes all smoothies more palatable to picky eaters.
Next use frozen fruit. Frozen bananas are amazing at adding more sweetness, and making smoothies more ice creamy. Start with half a frozen banana and add from there! Too much frozen banana, will make your smoothie thick as ice cream! If you have really picky eaters (over 2 years old) you can sweeten with honey and gradually decrease the natural sweetener over time.
I like adding a variety of frozen fruits like: strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries and raspberries. These are part of our weekly grocery list, because I know if I have them handy I will use them!
Then…. when no one is looking……… I sneak in some greens!! Now if you have really picky eaters, get them to start with fruit based smoothies first, you can sneak in some greens once you have them on the smoothie bandwagon.
If you are a regular smoothie family add in the greens!! Fresh Baby kale, spinach or parsley are my most common choices. These are each mild tasting, but add a BIG Punch of nutrition, and with the natural cleansing properties of greens, they are a nutritional boost you will feel incredible about!!
Here are my TOP Smoothies for Kids Tips!
Plant based protein is cleaner burning and safe for kids!! We use COMPLETE at our house, as it was the only shake mix I felt comfortable using with my children on a daily basis! Plus is absolutely delicious!
In closing, start with simple and fun and boost the nutrition with a good vegan shake mix like Juice Plus Complete. Once you become Smoothie Veterans add in the greens and healthy fats for a nutritional boost! And Enjoy my FREE Smoothie Recipe Guide for Kids Below!
Alisa Herriman has been researching and teaching Nutrition since 2003. Leaving her job in the health care industry to share her passion for healthy living, Alisa travels all over Canada sharing her mission and teaching communities how to prevent and fight disease with Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.