I am so excited to share this one! I got a book this past week and just finished reading through it. It's called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. This is a recipe book that's all about sneaking healthy food into your picky kid's diet.
I have the pickiest eater on the face of the planet. My first two children were moderately picky. I guess normal picky. They would eat a lot of things but there were some things they didn't like. They didn't want to eat salad. I gradually got them into that by covering a few pieces of lettuce and vegetables with ranch dressing. They didn't want to eat the normal questionable veggies like broccoli, onions, green peppers, etc.
However, Little Boss Man is totally different. He'll only eat a handful of things at best. He likes most fruit but the only veggies he likes are cherry tomatoes, peas, corn, and potatoes in very specific way (fries, and maybe mashed potatoes). He will only eat chicken of all the meats and only in nugget form and preferably from the Clown with the golden arches. He likes eggs but only in hard boiled form. And do not even think of using a condiment other than ketchup. No mayo or mustard or barbeque sauce. I can go on and on and on listing the things he WON'T eat.
I heard about this book and decided to give it a try. Using the concepts that she talks about in the book, I took a whim and pureed some carrots and mixed them into his morning yogurt. Guess what guys...he ate it! He ate it all and wanted more! So needless to say, I'm excited!
I spent Saturday prepping a bunch of veggies (sweet potatoes, beets, and butternut squash), and will spend today finishing up the prep part by doing carrots, spinach, zucchini, and cauliflower. Then this evening I'll be trying out the first recipe.
I'll continue offering veggies and different foods at meal times, but I won't have to worry that he's not getting enough nutrients in if he turns them down (as usual) because the recipes will help sneak them in on a regular basis. Sometimes we really need all the help we can get. Score one for Mom!!
So I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now. So far I have gotten him to eat sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, spinach, zucchini, and cauliflower all by using this method. Pictured above, Lil Man is eating sweet potato oatmeal. Yes, it's totally sneaking it in and no he still won't eat the items on their own, but I'm really excited with the progress. Just knowing that he's getting a bit more nutritious food in his diet is a huge load off my mind. And I don't feel as stressed if he is saying no to items on his plate. So check the book out and let me know how it works for you!!!
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