raise your hand if you have kids.
all of the above.
i have two toddler boys, a.ka. "that's yucky! i don't like it!"
this is all said prior to the food even reaching their taste buds.
or, in stealth-like silence, it just ends up here...
i haven't met very many toddlers who aren't considered "picky eaters".
they have their favorite meals, just like the rest of us.
although, us parents need to be creative at times while incorporating nutritious foods into our little ones' meals. they don't know any different. we, therefore, lead by example.
toddlers eat smaller amounts of food at a time compared to adults.
for many toddlers, 1/4 of their caloric intake actually comes from snacking.
therefore, it's important we give them wholesome & nutritious options.
if they are picky eaters, like my lil' dudes, then we have the opportunity to provide them with nutrition they may be missing during regular meals.
and, let's face it...who wants an epic meltdown or the drama that comes with a hungry child waiting until their next meal! not this mom.
someone give this kid an Oscar.
some of our go-to snacks:
1| fruit: my boys LOVE apples & berries.
2| veggie sticks
3| plain yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon
4| no added sugar applesauce
5| fat free string cheese
here are some of my favorite kid-friendly brands:1| annie's
my 3 year old thinks he's eating cookies with these delicious treats! ha! little does he know, he's consuming 8g of whole grain per serving!
2| plum organic
set your DVRs...my 19 month old will be on the next episode of Intervention: Toddler Hoarders because of these precious pouches! he absolutely LOVES them so much, we dedicate half of a shelf in the pantry to them.
3| earth's best
just a straight up, good 'ole cereal bar.
these are perfect for the grab-n-go-to-church at 7AM!
my proof is in these deliciously dirty faces!
kid-tested | kid-approved
**********on a more serious note. as a mother & a Physician Assistant, this article frightens me:
ps...i was not compensated in any way for this post. the expressed opinion is my own personal experience worth sharing. although, it would be nice to have a few more plum organic yogurts in my pantry. i kid! i kid!