Before I teach you to game the system, can I just say for the record, that when it comes to feeding my children, I’ve been the perfect model of motherly virtue?
I’ve followed all the advice in the books to a T, offering an inspired diet of homemade cuisine and taking careful pains to involve my 3-year-old in food shopping and meal preparation.
And has it made one bit of difference?
Not even a little! I might as well have fed her a steady diet of Hot Pockets because the result would be exactly the same!
A few weeks ago the toddler actually staged an intervention as we were having a tender moment falling asleep together: “Mommy, I like you, but I don’t care for the food you make. It’s not the kind of food children like.”
[For those curious, she clarified that children like bagels with cream cheese and grapes.]
But anyway, while I continue to try to push the rock up the proverbial hill, sometimes one needs to throw in the towel and settle for healthier versions of the tried-and-true kid fare.
Isn’t picking your battles the only way to win at this parenting thing after all?
So with no further ‘ado, here are healthier versions of toddler favorites:
I used to add in broccoli until my child became suspicious of anything green.
Now I’ll sneak in cauliflower, butternut squash, and/or white beans.
Try either making sweet potato pancakes or instead make crepes filled with fresh fruit and served with yogurt. YUM!
Share your other ideas with me! Lord knows this battle is not one for the faint of heart.