I am a New York Grandma - just got to Florida to visit my grandchildren for the winter. They are 11, 6 and 2. Their parents are very good about teaching them to eat healthy, but they still have various food likes and dislikes.
As I spend these next 5 months with them, I'd like to prepare something other than mac and cheese and chicken fingers. Actually, I'd like to 'wow' them with some new kid-friendly dishes. Any ideas you could offer?
Thanks for your help.
Don't be too gung-ho about it. Serve foods that you normally would without explanation. When you start to explain a food, it's almost like saying, you won't like this and here is why you should.
Keep mac and cheese and chicken fingers out of the house.
When they ask for these types of foods, redirect their mind.
Well dear, I don't have chicken fingers right now, how about sauted chicken? Don't explain why chicken fingers aren't healthy for them.
It's not actually bad to have food likes and dislikes. I like soda and candy and do eat them but try to mainly eat healthy. Its totally annoying when I get someone trying to tell me the horrors of sugar and soda. I always think I KNOW!! I AM NOT STUPID!
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Absolutely EXCELLENT response, ahmom ! Couldn't have put it better myself and I completely agree about people's comments about candy, etc. Tell 'em when they're ADULTS they can make their own food choice decisions regarding JUNK FOOD....giggle ! (Good luck with THAT statement ) Difficult to get the children converted when, obviously, parents think those choices are just fine. Either they don't KNOW or it's EASIER or QUICKER to let the kids have what they want rather than take the time to argue/explain/whatever about healthy foods. Good luck !
Hi Grandma Murphy! What a great topic!
My kids are 5 and a half, 4, 2 and a half, and 8 months, so at any given meal there's a good chance that someone doesn't like part of it :) Some recipes that have worked for my family have surprised me, though - maybe they will work for your grandkids too!
Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/eggplant-zucchini-bolognese
Rigatoni Chard Toss: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/rigatoni-chard-toss
Swiss Chard Bean Soup: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/swiss-chard-bean-soup
Roast Pork with Apples and Onions: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/roast-pork-with-apples---onions
Savory Tomato-Braised Tilapia: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/savory-tomato-braised-tilapia
It's always hard for me to predict what they will eat and what they won't, so I always try to serve the meal with at least one side dish I know they'll eat, so they won't be hungry in an hour (like bread, rice, applesauce, corn, etc.) I also have been trying to make our desserts a little "healthier" by making fruit desserts. Some favorites this year have been:
Moist Pumpkin Bundt Cake: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/moist-pumpkin-bundt-cake (we had this for dessert last night and finished it for breakfast!)
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-banana-muffins-3
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-pumpkin-muffins
Caramel Apple Strudel: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/caramel-apple-strudel (that's my recipe, though, so I'm probably not the best judge ;)
Hope that helps! I look forward to seeing what other moms come up with! You're in Florida at a great time - lots of fresh local produce!
Baked potato wedges, homemade version of chicken strips..you can even get them to help. Mainly what I'm saying is take their favorite food and prepare it homemade..like instead of processed chicken strips use chicken breast and if you can get them to help prepare it might get them to like it even more.
Having them help is a great idea. Cut chicken breast into strips and lightly coat with olive oil, crush some potato chips and add Parmesan cheese to it. Coat the chicken strips with the mixture and bake. Let the children help as much as possible, They think they cooked it and will eat more.
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