My 7 year old son Lukas is picky when it comes to food. Feeding him is difficult.
He doesn’t like sweets and chocolate, cakes and ice cream which every kid loves! He loves strawberry flavored lollipops though and loves gummy bears.
He has taste only for certain dishes that he loves – Sinigang (stewed pork or fish in tamarind based soup), chicken nuggets, fried and roast chicken, congee, wanton noodles. He prefers certain brands of crackers too! The choices are so limited that it sometimes stresses me out and worries me if he gets the right nutrition he needs.
That’s why I was so delighted to attend a session, organized by Healthy Options, with nutritionist Amanda Barnes.
Amanda Barnes in action – Treats for Kids
“Moms, Dads, YOU are in Charge!”
I learned that parents need not give up and has to take charge! On the average, it takes 8 – 10 tries before a kid likes a dish/food. Creating healthy habits should be every parent’s goal.
Asking “How can I make it better for you?” or “What spices can we add?” involves them in the process and gives them a “choice.” (You know how the little ones would always want to make choices too!)
Standing firm by saying “You don’t get to try that until you have a little bit of this” will also help.
Amanda encouraged us to make healthy choices for our little ones.
We can choose food and fruits loaded with Vitamins and minerals. Plant based food are excellent choices. Herbs and spices are powerhouses of good stuff for everyone. It also helps when they are involved in the process and making them watch as we prepare their favorite food.
Healthy snacks may include carrot sticks, yogurt, oats, milk and fruit shakes!
Lukas loves Fruit shakes, so I now make him his favorite shakes with loads of supplements in it! (One up for this Mama!)
Supplements are God’s gift to us. (Really!!!).
Probiotics, Spirulina, Flaxseed, honey are awesome, it can be added to any food without kids knowing it. 🙂 Note: Been trying this ever since 🙂
LITTLE HEALTHY CHOICES – Something to start today
I was encouraged to make little healthy choices – using sesame/avocado/peanut oil than the usual canola oil or Lauric oil (which I often use). Quinoa, healthy spices are also packed with good stuff for our bodies.
We were given samples of stir fried healthy, yummy dishes and snacks. Healthy and yummy at the same time.
After the talk and the group photo, the husband (Yes, he attended too. Thanks luvs!) and I purchased supplements, quinoa, oats and other healthy stuff!
Group Photo with Amanda Barnes
I am thankful that Healthy Options is there to partner with us, parents, in creating a wholesome, healthy environment for our kids and families.
I frequent their Stores waaaay back, even before I had Lukas (I realized now that that was more than 7 years ago!) and it has been my go-to place for healthy, paraben free lotion, shampoo, organic teas and supplements too!
Then a baby and until now, Lukas’ lotion wash, shampoo, and kid’s supplements were all bought from Healthy Options as he (actually we) both have sensitive skin.
Check out my blog – My favorite Shampoo and Baby Wash way back 2015. I wrote this for other parents whose kids have sensitive skin.
Bottom line: We have always have a choice when it comes to bringing in and preparing food for the family. Let’s Choose healthy.