Picky kids? Win them over with these fun mealtime ideas!
We are so honored to feature Bre Dixon as a guest writer today! She is incredibly talented and creative when it comes to kids cuisine and we couldn’t help but ask her to share her tips with the MIndful Menu community. We know what it’s like to have picky eaters so we hope you enjoy these ideas as much as we do!
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Hi there! My name is Bre. I’m a mom of two with another one due right around the corner. My daughter is four and my son is two and they are both picky eaters. Like many moms, trying to get them to eat meals is a frustrating daily battle. I’m here to share a few tips that I use to get my kids to eat pretty much anything just by making mealtime fun.
1. Keep it simple
Stick with foods that you know your kids will most likely eat. I used to stress about if my kids were getting enough from each food group every day and then I realized that as long as they were healthy and running around, it didn’t actually matter. Of course, I still offered them healthy options but I just didn’t panic if they weren’t eating the perfect food pyramid. Most days we eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
2. Make it “cute”
According to my kids, everything tastes better when it’s cute or miniature. I don’t disagree. Making it cute doesn’t mean you have to put a ton of time and effort into making their meals. Go on Amazon and search for “cute cookie cutters” and you won’t be disappointed. I use cookie cutters or sandwich molds for pretty much everything and they basically do the work for me. For lunches, I generally stick to sandwiches with either bread or tortillas and then use cookie cutters to punch out fun shapes.
3. Incorporate fun utensils
Sometimes just jazzing plain food up with a fun container or food pick will entice my children to eat even the most ickiest of foods… broccoli. Bentousa.com is where I get most of my supplies. Food containers, picks, cookie cutters, molds, you name it they’ve got it. My daughter loves helping me pick out new kitchen gadgets from that store and gets even more exited to use them. My kids love to dip their vegetables in ranch dressing (who doesn’t) but they love it even more when they have their very own sauce container to dip them in. You can find the dip containers here.
I personally like to pick a theme and go wild with their meals. Every time I get really creative, they clear their plates and it doesn’t matter what type of food I put on them. I always let them help if they are interested which is a great way to spend quality time with them plus they get even more excited to eat what’s on their plate. I encourage you to have fun with making meals and to get your kids in the kitchen with you.