For the kiddos....

I am often asked what I feed my 2 1/2 year old son. I know how difficult it can be as a parent when you put together a meal that is nutritious and delicious, and your kid refuses to eat it (or worse, throws it on the floor). When trying to introduce new foods to a child’s palette, you may be confronted with resistance, tantrums, and tears. Hang tough mamas (and papas)! One thing I find comfort in knowing is that when a child is truly hungry, they will eat. Once they discover that mac and cheese won’t always end up in front of them when they won’t eat anything else, they’ll come around. 

A few things that I get in my son’s diet everyday are:

  • fruit and veggies

  • protein

  • collagen (found to be more important than calcium for bone strength)

  • healthy fats (so important for those growing brains)

  • gluten free grains

I always have my son “help” me prepare his food. I discovered that when he’s able to chop, pour, stir, and sprinkle, he’s more inclined to try things. We also reference, “Do you remember Green Eggs and Ham?” often. 

We love these kitchen tools for kids: CRINKLE CUTTERS

BREAKFAST:

1- Steel cut oats with walnut butter, collagen powder (I like Great Lakes), flaxseeds, and berries.

2- Almond milk smoothie with nut butter, collagen protein, greens, and whatever fruit they choose.

3- Eggs, eggs, eggs- anyway they like ‘em!

4- Grass-fed plain yogurt with a side of fruit.

LUNCH:

1- Sprouted grain toast with coconut oil and avocado

2- Quinoa or brown rice (I always cook them in bone broth) mixed with pureed broccoli and cauliflower, a teaspoon of sunflower butter, and a tablespoon of almond milk.

3- Quinoa or brown rice with beans and veggies of their choice.

SNACKS:

1- Fruit

2- Veggies or rice crackers and hummus

3- Energy balls (message me if you would like the recipe!)

4- Rx bars. These are mom approved- only 5 real food ingredients!

DINNER:

1- Quinoa or brown rice with grass-fed or pasture-raised meat, and a side of steamed veggies (with a drizzle of e.v.o.o.)

2- Bean or lentil pasta (we love Banzas), with a drizzle of e.v.o.o. and shaved parmesan.

Does my kiddo ever eat pizza? Yes. Ice cream? Yes.  Goldfish crackers? Sure. As long as I know he is getting everything that his growing body and brain needs, I don’t mind as much when he eats the not-so-good stuff.

What are your favorite mom and kid approved recipes? Please share!